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Nude Twitter Calendar Promotes Sex Education and Gender Equality in Macedonia

Written by Filip Stojanovski On 30 December 2013 @ 18:39 pm | 14 Comments

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Avid Twitter user and freelance photojournalist Ivana Batev has joined forces with other Macedonian Twitter users for the second year in a row to create and publish a calendar that promotes sexual education and gender equality through nude subjects and interior design concepts.

After the successful first run in 2013 [1], the 2014 charity calendar with artistic nude photos of Macedonian Twitter users, who volunteered their time and bodies, was launched on Sunday, December 29, 2013 in Skopje. While last year's edition promoted breast cancer awareness, the topic for this year's Twitter calendar [2] is sex education with a secondary focus on interior design. The current edition also introduced a much wider diversity of models, including males, while last year's calendar featured a brave all female cast.

Macedonian Twitter Calendar 2014. Message for November: Gender equality is not a threat to the family. [3]

Macedonian Twitter Calendar 2014, message for November: “Gender equality is not a threat to family.”

All Twitter Calendar photos are published under Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial NoDerivatives license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

The driving force behind the 2014 calendar, Ivana Batev, known as @ref [4] on Twitter, tweeted [5]:

…Whoever thinks that to undress in Macedonia is not revolutionary doesn't live in the same society as me, and I envy them.

The tweet was also quoted by Novica Nakov in his English-language post [6] about the calendar. He wrote:

I agree with this and I think that this is the strongest statement we can send with the photographs today. Kudos for all the people who were audacious enough to undress before her.

Also, big thanks to HERA [7] who provided sex education tips in 140 characters twitter format and to everyone who bought photographs. The money will be used to help marginalized communities in Macedonia.

Macedonian Twitter Calendar 2014, message for January: No always means No! Nakedness is not a substitute for consent. [8]

Macedonian Twitter Calendar 2014, message for January: “No always means No! Nakedness is not a substitute for consent.”

Ana Vasileva [9], who is a member of the initiative “Fight like a woman” (@borisezenski [10]), which supported the callendar with direct participation, wrote [11] on her blog [mk]:

On daily basis, thousands of women around the world are subject to persuasion that they are too fat, too wide, too hairy, that their skin is too dark, that they are not beautiful enough, smart enough, good enough. Thousands of women around the world constantly buy countless cosmetic products and clothes to make themselves more beautiful, to hide themselves, to cover their “flaws.”

Facing this, we say: “We like our bodies just the way they are. Our legs carry us where we want to go, our hands create miracles, our breast fill us with admiration, our heads build towers and break walls. Our bodies are not objects to be punished or forced to fulfill certain societal standards, our bodies serve for our pleasure – and for no one else, our bodies are ours only!”

Aside from the social change and awareness that the authors and participants of the calendar intend to raise, there is also a charitable aspect to this unique project. Namely, funds gathered from the sale of the hard copy calendars will be donated to people from marginalized communities in Macedonia.

The Twitter discussion around the hashtag #твитеркалендар [12] (#Twittercalendar) included many positive reactions, from applauding the courage of its participants to praises of the characteristics of some of the models, who went by their Twitter handles or anonymously in some of the more revealing photos. The few nagging trolls that spoke up on Twitter were soon directly contradicted with tweets like this one [13] by Macedonian Twitter user @ordanoskiv [14]:

Instead of (unjustified) criticism of the Twitter calendar, you should aim your weapons at the kitsch on the Vardar Quay.

[Referring to the construction Skopje 2014 project [16] which resulted in world media such AP [17] and Spiegel [18] deeming Skopje "capital of kitsch."]

According to local news aggregator Time.mk, some 40 online media in Macedonia reported [19] on the calendar. However, only a few of them included links to the entire calendar and, even though it isn't labeled as pornographic, some of them labeled the articles and its images as “18+” material.


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URLs in this post:

[1] first run in 2013: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2012/12/24/macedonia-nude-art-twitter-calendar-for-charity/

[2] Twitter calendar: http://kalendar.ot.mk/2014/

[3] Image: http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/14noemvri_kalendar.jpg

[4] @ref: https://twitter.com/Ref

[5] tweeted: https://twitter.com/Ref/statuses/417335027303985152

[6] English-language post: http://novica.duoscindo.net/node/760

[7] HERA: http://hera.org.mk/

[8] Image: http://globalvoicesonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/01januari_kalendar.jpg

[9] Ana Vasileva: https://twitter.com/amateuress

[10] @borisezenski: https://twitter.com/borisezenski

[11] wrote: http://amateuress.blogspot.com/2013/12/2014.html

[12] #твитеркалендар: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23%D0%A2%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%82%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%9A%D0%B0%D0%BB%D0%B5%D0%BD%D0%B4%D0%B0%D1%80&src=hash

[13] this one: https://twitter.com/ordanoskiv/status/417558593735766016

[14] @ordanoskiv: https://twitter.com/ordanoskiv

[15] December 30, 2013: https://twitter.com/ordanoskiv/statuses/417558593735766016

[16] Skopje 2014 project: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2010/02/06/macedonia-online-rebellion-against-skopje-2014-plan/

[17] AP: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/31/skopje-macedonias-kitsch_n_2048622.html

[18] Spiegel: http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/macedonian-capital-skopje-gets-kitsch-makeover-via-skopje2014-project-a-933154.html

[19] reported: http://www.time.mk/c/fe594af250/makedonskite-tviterdzii-se-razgolea-tviterkalendar-2014-foto-18.html

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