Posted at 12:01 PM Dec 18, 2009By Andrea Grimes
Which is kind of funny, and cute on both ends. And hey, the proceeds go to animal rescue organizations. But man, the PR pitches never fail to disappoint. In this case, the accompanying press release described this item as such: "The product is a calendar featuring two things that women love most - gorgeous men and baby animals."
I mean, I like gorgeous guys and I like baby animals. But would I go so far as to say that these are the things that women love most? All women? In the entire world? Man, I hate a throwaway gender claim. Because actually, hot guys and baby animals seem to mainly be the things the calendar creators love most, which makes sense, since they ... made the calendar:
"I got sick of seeing pictures and calendars of bikini-clad girls sprawled out on sports cars," explains co-founder, Audrey Khuner. "I wanted to make something that would appeal to women like me. So I decided to combine my two favorite things: sexy men and baby animals."Call me cynical and mopey and sulky, but ...
By purchasing this photographic wall calendar, shoppers are contributing to several nonprofit animal rescues, including Bunny World Foundation and Karma Rescue. Every baby animal in the calendar is a rescue and many of them still need homes.
The answer to "bikini-clad girls sprawled out on sports cars" isn't reverse objectification. That doesn't lead to equality--it simply leads to viewing more individuals as sex objects and fewer individuals as actual humans. To be sure, the guys in the baby animals calendar are not as overtly sexualized as women are in the whole girls-and-cars-trope, but I don't care if it's a bunny or a Mustang, putting an
Mope mope mope mope mope. Off I go to mopey sulky land. Sorry I can't get more pumped about the furry things, guys. Am I being too cynical? Should I embrace the boys 'n bunnies?