With no warning, the Instagram account for the Warwick Rowers was removed until further notice. The collegiate rowing club is best known for their fundraising photo shoots announced the sudden move on Monday.
Every year the rowing club puts out a risqué calendar and the proceeds go towards a group that combats homophobia in sports. The account was taken down without warning after a series of photos were deleted. They wrote: “As you may have noticed, our Instagram account has been permanently deactivated without any reason communicated to us. And we’re hoping this is a mistake and are waiting for them to allow us back on the platform to keep spreading our message.”
According to Instagram’s content guidelines, photos that display “sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks” will be removed from the platform.
But the photos were deleted before the account was shut off. The group’s social media manager is careful to keep content within Instagram’s’ policy, some photos will show a glimpse of pubic hair, something of a “gray” area.
Angus Malcolm the project’s founder stated: “We have a policy of requiring models to have fairly natural pubic hair on the grounds that shaved crotches reflect an unrealistic and hyper-sexualized aesthetic that promotes unhealthy relationships with our natural bodies. But whatever your position on this, the clue is in the name. Pubic hair is not part of the genitals. It’s hair.”
The rowing teams YouTube channel was suspended in 2016, it has been reactivated.
Instagram has not commented on the team’s ban.