In The Buff Against Bullying

In Britain, the all-male culture of college sports is not quite the mass religion it is in the US, but it sure is a force that has historically been hostile to homosexuals in their midst. But here we have the new order: a Warwick University rowing club doing a naked calendar and video to benefit straight rugby player Ben Cohen's campaign against anti-gay fear and bullying. I simply cannot begin to imagine such a thng happening when I was a student at Oxford. Not only have these straight dudes totally copped to their own sexiness – once a taboo among jocks – they have channeled it into protecting gays – and legitimizing gay people by their support.

Know hope.