On 4/2/05, I forwarded the following column, which I came across at random, to a few websites, mailing groups, and individuals because I thought it was interesting. Provocative, one might say.
Smart Marketing or Soft Porn?
By Lise King
The Native Voice
I was sitting at our booth at the Black Hills Pow Wow last weekend and just to my right was the Rez Dog Clothing Co. display featuring their new swimsuit calendar. At first, it wasn't the calendar that caught my attention, it was the parade of older men taking turns ogling and snickering at the photos. I should have taken a picture of this cartoonish sight, but I was too busy listening in to their conversations and laughter. I wondered how they would feel if it was their daughter or sister or niece in the revealing photographs. I wondered how the girls in the photos would feel if they could see and hear these guys and their explicit comments about their bodies, picking out individual parts like they were cuts of meat to be graded -- or should I say, degraded?
I watched women's reactions to the calendar photos. The pictures are revealing, some are sexually suggestive, some trick the eye into thinking the girl is naked. Some of the photos are beautiful, some are not so beautiful. A few are downright difficult to look at.
I asked Keith DeHaas, co-owner of Rez Dog Clothing Co. "Where are the bathing suits you are selling in these photographs?" To which he replied, "Um, we don't sell bathing suits…yet. But we will next year!" So I said, "So, what you're selling here is sex, then, right?" DeHaas answered, "Yeah, I guess so." He went on to explain the justification for the calendar as "giving opportunities to Native models for work and to build their books." (Models are always working on their "books," the portfolio of photographs that they carry around from appointment to appointment called "go-sees" to try to get work.) He began hyping the merits of "these beautiful women" and was quick to point out that they are "role models for our young Indian girls."
Now wait a minute. DeHaas seems to like controversy, as he explains that "most White people don't get it," citing the use of sayings on his t-shirts such as "Custer Killer" which have drawn negative comments from some people (which I thought was funny). But sexually suggestive calendar girls marketed as "role models for our young Indian girls?" This I had to hear.
Rez Dog Clothing Co. is known for their "ghetto" or "gangsta" style, so it fits that they would choose to follow this route in their portrayal of women. What images of women do you see on MTV these days in hip hop and gangsta rap? It's the "bootylicious style," with body parts bouncing and hanging out all over the place. It's supposed to be sexy, just as I know that these "Rez Dog Women" are supposed to be sexy. But whose idea of sexy is this anyway?
DeHaas insists these women are role models. He, and his wife Mary, want everyone to read the "bios" to find out each girl's schooling, tribal affiliation and work history. Does it really matter if the Playboy Bunny went to Harvard?
Photos in the calendar feature girls suggestively untying their string bikinis, posing with their hips pushed out there and their breasts covered by only their arms. (Note: Not all of the women posed this way; for example, there is one young woman featured in the calendar who is still in high school; her photos do not seem sexually suggestive)
First of all, I asked several women to look at the photos and tell me their impressions. It ranged from "Nice boob job" to "Gross" to "She's got a good body," or "She's really pretty," to "Ohmigod, I can't believe this…this is really embarrassing to Native women." Several thought it was "inappropriate" for Native women to be portrayed is this way. Then there is the photo of the woman who looks like a "naked deer in the headlights." Everyone's comment about her was the same: "She doesn't look sexy, she looks scared."
Is it really necessary for Native women to be held up to some sort of traditional standard? Maybe each individual person should have the freedom to choose how to live and how to dress (or undress) for public display without feeling like they are holding the gauntlet for all aboriginal women everywhere? It's the issue of respect, of honor, of traditions, and of responsibility finding a balance with personal freedom and personal choice.
I asked Keith to explain why the women weren't posing in Rez Dog clothing (some of the smaller photos do feature the girls in Rez Dog Clothing). He explained that the calendar started from a "joke" that was put on a t-shirt: "Rez Dog Bikini Team." Guys kept asking, "Where's your bikini team?" So, the idea for a swimsuit calendar was born.
DeHaas has co-opted a mainstream media marketing technique -- sex sells. He was rife with examples of other sexy bathing suit calendars that fill the racks at book stores in which the point is not selling the clothing they wear, including Sports Illustrated, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, etc. Mary DeHaas insists that their calendar is tame compared to some of the others out there. But I'm not sure that this is the issue.
As it has been for countless generations, women who have few choices (or who believe they have few choices) often fall back on the one thing they can count on to survive: selling their bodies and sex. Women in Indian communities – both urban and reservation – are statistically at higher risk for domestic abuse and other violent crimes, teenage pregnancy, high school drop out, alcohol and drug abuse, and the list goes on and on, more so than for any other race of women measured statistically in this country.
Do we really want to encourage our young native girls to look to the current mainstream media ideals of "bootylicious babes" and "gangsta girls" as something to aspire to? Can we mix the message of "your sex sells" and "go to college" in the same sentence and not confuse the issues? I don't think so. One is about gaining love and acceptance through outward attention, the other is about gaining self esteem (self love) and confidence through achievement and building inner strength. The first is fragile because it is endowed upon you by others, the second is strong because no one can take it away.
I pointed out my 10-year old daughter to Keith, "my young Indian daughter" playing behind our booth, and asked him, "Swimsuit models as role models? You sure you want to go there?" I suggested to him that he and his wife, Mary, might want to re-think this part of their business strategy. They both have insisted that this is a big part of what they have to offer, as Mary stated in an e-mailed letter to me: "I don't think you've read these girls' bios. They ARE role models, that just also happen to look good in bikinis and want to show that."
Mary also stated in her letter, "In addition to being good for the models, this calendar has been a terrific advertising tool for our company. Many people who don't attend pow-wows regularly and who hadn't heard of our company before and hadn't been to our booth, heard about our company because of the calendar. They checked out the calendar, and then they checked out our clothing line." That's clear enough.
I believe in the "live and let live" philosophy, as long as what you're doing doesn't hurt anyone else. If it's adults consenting to revealing photos to be marketed and sold to other adults, that's one thing…but to market these calendar girls as "role models" to our young girls, I believe, a bad choice for "an advertising tool…to sell a clothing line." More than that, it is irresponsible and exploitive.
Rez Dog responds
Later that day I received the following e-mail. Somehow Rez Dog had learned that I had forwarded the article.
Dear Mr. Schmidt,
I'm not sure why you decided to recently send around a two year old article about our company filled with false statements and accusations, but one of the members of your news group is a model in our 2005 American Indian Beauties calendar (which raises funds for the Native American Cancer Research Corp.) She was highly offended and hurt that you would continue to send around this horrible article, and we at Rez Dog Clothing Company have a response. No other little Indian company has done so much for so many with so little resources, that when people like you continue to send around condemning articles like this, without really knowing the truth or the facts, you can really hurt our little family Indian owned and operated business. Lise King did not write any facts here. Her article is libelous and irresponsible journalism. I have included another interesting article for your information that was printed in News from Indian Country on our models and their response to Lise King's article. Mr. Schmidt.....Don't always believe everything you read. No good was ever accomplished by passing along harmful and hurtful things like this article has been to me and my family. Instead of passing along the article, why didn't you write a letter or call our company and ask for the facts first? I would have been happy to speak to you about our beautiful and tastefully produced calendar.
Owner (and producer of the American Indian Beauties calendar)
Rez Dog Clothing Company -- American Indian Apparel
708 Research Park Blvd. Suite 102
Norman, OK 73069
Rez Dog Swimsuit Models Address Native Voice Criticism
Rez Dog Clothing Company Responds to False Allegations Written About Them in the Native Voice Newspaper
We at Rez Dog Clothing Company would like to address some misconceptions put forth in a two year old article by Native Voice about our company and the annual swimsuit calendar that we produce. Reviewing and not liking the calendar, okay, fine, we can accept and take that. We understand that a swimsuit calendar is not for everyone, and that not everyone in Indian country might like the idea of an all-American Indian swimsuit calendar. But when you attack our company and misrepresent us as a ghetto gangster company that is producing pornography and marketing and advertising it as role models for our young Indian girls, well, that is completely wrong, not who we are, not what we are about and not what we are doing what so ever. We take great offense to those allegations and would like to set the record straight and answer some of the questions posed to us.
Why produce an all-American Indian swimsuit calendar in the first place?
When you look at main stream media, you see White, Black, Hispanic and Asians, but where are the Native Americans? For years we have heard our models and actors say they can't get jobs in the entertainment industry because they are still perceived as buffalo hunters, and just out of the teepee in their buckskin dress. All we are doing by producing a swimsuit calendar is evening the playing field a little and giving our models who want to pose in swimwear the opportunity and forum to do so. Why not have equal opportunities for our Indian women? Our cover model, Jamie Vondal-Everett took the calendar around to agencies in Los Angeles and just got signed with the same agent that handles successful models Brooke Burke and Nikki Ziering. This calendar is being used as a stepping stone for the beautiful women in it who want to further their modeling and acting careers. Until main stream media can see us as something other than savages and buckskin wearing teepee dwellers, we will never get further than that in the roles our models and actors are offered. Well, we could be like the Taliban and put all of our Indian women in burkas and keep them completely covered. That way no one could look at us, or see us as having beautiful bodies or a sexuality.
Yes, times are changing. Do we as Native people have to change with the times? Not in everything, no, but isn't it nice to live in a free country where we can have the opportunity to view or be in a swimsuit calendar if we want to and still dance and celebrate our great past and traditions!
How are you marketing and advertising this calendar?
We have not now, nor have we EVER marketed and advertised this calendar as a "role models for young Native American girls" calendar. The calendar has always been marketed for adults as "The only all-American Indian swimsuit calendar." PERIOD. When a staff member from Native Voice was criticizing the girls as she looked through the calendar, considering them bad women who could only make it in this world peddling their flesh, yes, owner Keith DeHaas stood up for our models and defended their characters and let her know that all of these women were brains as well as beauty, and all were known as role models in their communities. These women are college students, bright, articulate, self confident high achievers and quite active in their community. But has that ever been our marketing or advertising strategy? No. The role models statement was made as an opinion statement to Native Voice in defense of the models' character, but has never figured into our marketing or advertising.
Are you producing soft porn?
No, absolutely not! None of the models are nude and none are showing private parts. That would be pornography. It is just a swimsuit calendar, shot in the style of Sports Illustrated, but with Indian women in natural settings -- mountains, rocks, waterfalls, creeks, in fields of wild flowers and on horseback.
Are the models paid and where do the proceeds from this calendar go? Yes, the models are financially compensated for the shoot plus they receive an all expense paid trip, stay in a beautiful resort, pictures for their portfolios, swimwear and Rez Dog clothing, and they have a week to network with their peers. After expenses a percentage of the proceeds from the sale of this calendar are going to Native American Cancer Research. This calendar was produced and dedicated to the memory of Miss Indian America 1955 -- Rita Ann McLaughlin DeHaas (mother of Rez Dog owner Keith DeHaas), who died of breast cancer. Keith's wife Mary's mother, Edna Boardman, is a breast cancer survivor. We wanted to do something to give back to Native American Cancer Research, so we chose this area within our company to do that.
Is Rez Dog Clothing Company really a "ghetto, gangster style" clothing company?
Not in the least. We are a small hard working Indian family company specializing in Indian athletic apparel and humorous tees. We started out on the pow-wow circuit in 1998 with 4 designs, and have grown our company to over 100 designs, using our own money, initiative, and hard work. We chose the Rez Dog as our symbol and logo because it is the tough scruffy survivor, the community dog that every reservation across the country has in common. We liked the concept of relating to ourselves with pride and humor through that scrappy little survivor, the Rez Dog. If you own a Rez Dog ballcap, beanie or hoody, it is owner Keith DeHaas that does 100% of that design and embroidery work himself in his workshop.
If there are some Indian "gangsta" type kids somewhere in this country wearing our apparel, we are not aware of it, nor do we promote or endorse that lifestyle. We understand Indian kids were being told they could not wear Native Pride or Native Threads to school for fear it might be gang related. That has never been a problem with Rez Dog Clothing Company apparel. Main stream contemporary clothing includes graffiti as just one design element. We offer a hip alternative to buying FUBU, Ecko or Tommy Hilfiger. You can feel pride in being Indian when you purchase and wear Rez Dog, and we try to reflect all Indians in our product line.
We have also just developed and brought on a new American Indian Spa Line Native Naturals with shampoo, conditioner, lotion, body scrub, botanical body wash, bath gems and massage oil all in traditional native scents like sweetgrass or chokecherry.
Due in part to our many sponsorship programs, in September Rez Dog Clothing Company received the Djusa Indianmuseum of Sweden Award of Excellence, given by Europeans every four years to one American Indian doing diverse and great work for his reservation and the Indian community. We traveled to Scandinavia , bringing with us two dancers, and spoke to schools and presented a full workshop about the modern American Indian.
How else is Rez Dog involved in their Indian community in sponsorship endeavors?
Rez Dog is proud to be actively involved in sponsorship of Indian athletics, musicians, entertainers, models and causes. We sponsor a rodeo team of all Indian riders that compete not only on the Indian rodeo circuit, but nationally on the PBR as well -- The Rez Dog Rodeo Team. It brings attention to cowboys of Indian heritage in that national arena.
Iron Five -- Championship winners -- Men's All Indian Basketball Team
Oyate Challenge -- All Indian High School Basketball Tournament
The All American Native American High School Football Championships
Oklahomans for Indian Opportunities Spirit of Women Sponsor
We give to The N.A.T.I.V.E. Project in Spokane Washington providing assistance to over 5250 children and families with addiction, mental health and primary health care services.
1st Annual Northeast Kansas -- Midwest Native American Women's Basketball Championships Double Elimination Tournament -- Horton , Kansas
Indian rap artist Natay
Indian comedians Chance Rush and Drew Lacapa
Can a woman appear in swimwear and still be considered any kind of role model what so ever?
The Miss America pageant has been a scholarship pageant for years and a big portion of that pageant is the swimwear competition. Every one of the Miss America contestants is considered a role model in her community and state, despite her decision to appear on National television in swimwear. She does it to show her self confidence in her body and physical appearance, just as the 12 models for Rez Dog do. It was big competition to appear in the Rez Dog calendar, with over 100 applicants. The 12 models chosen for the Rez Dog calendar are judged not only on physical appearance, but on achievements, education, and self confidence. Whether we like it or not, we are always judged to an extent on our physical appearance. It is human nature, and I don't think that will ever change.
Rez Dog Clothing Company has always been known for maintaining high standards in our growing product line. Indian people have embraced our company because of these quality products but more importantly because of our company's commitment to uplift the spirit of all Tribal people. Rez Dog Clothing Company understands the ongoing struggle of American Indians in this modern age.
I forwarded the link to the News from Indian Country article and the Q&A to the same people and places I'd forwarded King's article to. I also included the following links. And I also replied to Ms. DeHaas.
Before we get to that reply, you can judge for yourself what the women represent:
I finally have a moment to answer your message, so....
>> I'm not sure why you decided to recently send around a two year old article about our company filled with false statements and accusations <<
One, there was no date on the article.
Two, the link for the article contained a picture of your 2004 calendar, which suggested the article was written sometime in 2004.
Three, it's an opinion piece, so the date is largely irrelevant. Someone can have opinions on an issue that's years or decades old.
Four, since you're still producing the calendar, the issue of exploitation is still valid. King's opinions are as relevant now as they were two years ago.
Five, I read tons of Native news and I don't remember seeing this article, so it was new to me. I'll bet it was new to other people as well.
Since it was an opinion piece, I saw mostly Lise King's opinions, not statements of fact. As a responsible journalist, she did a good job of contacting you and including your responses in her article. With that in mind, give me an example of a factual statement that you believe is false.
>> She was highly offended and hurt that you would continue to send around this horrible article <<
Sorry to hear that...but the article is publicly available on the Web. And it didn't name or criticize any of the "calendar girls" personally. If someone was offended by King's general opinions about sexy Indians calendars, I'm not sure how it's my responsibility.
>> we at Rez Dog Clothing Company have a response. <<
As you may have noticed, I forwarded your Q&A response and the link to the News from Indian Country article to the same people to whom I forwarded King's article. I'm all about increasing the flow of information into the marketplace of ideas.
Is this letter part of your response? If so, I'll be glad to forward it also, since disseminating information is what I do.
>> when people like you continue to send around condemning articles like this, without really knowing the truth or the facts, you can really hurt our little family Indian owned and operated business. <<
I've seen your calendar before. It wasn't obvious to me that King said anything false about it. Feel free to tell me some facts I may have missed.
>> Lise King did not write any facts here. <<
She doesn't have to write any facts in an opinion essay. The question is whether she wrote something that she presented as factual but wasn't factual. You haven't given me any examples of that.
>> Her article is libelous and irresponsible journalism. <<
Feel free to identify the libelous statements also. Your opinion that she wrote something libelous isn't enough.
>> Mr. Schmidt.....Don't always believe everything you read. <<
Who says I believe everything I read? Who says I even believed King's article? I forward many things I disagree with, such as people attacking Indian gaming or defending Indian mascots. Don't be sure you can guess my positions from the articles I forward.
>> No good was ever accomplished by passing along harmful and hurtful things like this article has been to me and my family. <<
"Harmful" and "hurtful" are in the eye of the beholder. Lise King might say your calendar hurts the self-esteem of Indian women more than her response hurt your company.
The belief that treating women as sex objects is harmful is common in our society. King doesn't have to defend her application of that belief to the field of Indian women. With all the research on the deleterious effects of objectifying women, I'd say the onus is on you to prove the calendar isn't harmful, not on her to prove it is.
I've written about treating Indian Women as Sex Objects. This has been a problem since Europeans first mythologized Pocahontas. Your calendar seems to be doing the same thing all those other sexy stories and images have done through the ages. If there's a major difference, it's not clear to me.
People said Pocahontas was brave and noble too. They say good things about all the Indian princesses they depict on stage and screen. It doesn't change the fact that the primary aspect of these women is their gender and sexual identity. If they weren't young, attractive women, their stories would be forgotten.
Similarly, Miss America contestants are known for wanting "world peace" even as they parade in their swimsuits. As King pointed out, Playboy bunnies list their interests and goals too. It doesn't mean these women aren't primarily recognized as sex objects.
Finally, I occasionally get criticism for my work on Indian stereotypes. I could declare it "harmful" and "hurtful" and complain about it, take it in stride and ignore it, or repudiate it with facts and evidence. I generally take the last approach and I recommend it to everyone.
>> Instead of passing along the article, why didn't you write a letter or call our company and ask for the facts first? <<
Because I didn't take a position on your company or your calendar. I merely forwarded something already in the public domain. The dispute is between you and Lise King, not between me and anybody. I was acting like a librarian, disseminating information without judging it. Librarians don't verify every fact in the books, magazines, and newspapers they check out and neither do I.
The rebuttals rebutted
As for your rebuttal in News from Indian Country:
King quoted you as saying the women are role models. Based on what you said, she inferred that you're marketing the calendar partly because of the women's intelligence and good works. In other words, the things that make them role models. If you're marketing them only as sex objects, not as role models, let me know and I'll tell everyone.
"Soft porn" is also in the eye of the beholder. It has no absolute definition. It can include near-nudity as well as nudity. Some people consider Sports Illustrated's annual calendar an example of softcore porn, and it doesn't include nudity. Factors that affect the soft-porn determination include how much flesh the bikinis reveal, how much of the women's bodies poke through the bikinis, and how suggestive the women's poses are. A woman can look demure or lascivious while wearing the same bikini.
I wouldn't call the calendar "soft(core) porn" myself, but I'm a man who hasn't had to deal with self-image issues throughout his life. Several of the models are tugging their bikini bottoms down, which is sexually suggestive if not provocative. It's not as bad as the Sports Illustrated swimsuit calendar, but it's not totally innocent, either.
In any case, the "soft porn" claim is an opinion, not a factual statement. One could say America's voyeuristic love of sex and violence is "pornographic" without being factually wrong. If this is an example of what you consider libel, I'm afraid you're mistaken.
>> Until main stream media can see us as something other than savages and buckskin wearing teepee dwellers <<
The mainstream mostly sees Indian women as exotic princesses who can provide hot-blooded sex but not strength, leadership, or wisdom. See Indian Women as Sex Objects for more information.
>> That way no one could look at us, or see us as having beautiful bodies or a sexuality. <<
Don't worry...from what I've read, being considered asexual isn't a problem for Indian women. Being considered overly sexual—"squaws" who provide sex and babies and not much else—is the problem.
>> This calendar is being used as a stepping stone for the beautiful women in it who want to further their modeling and acting careers. <<
They'd get even more publicity if the photos were nude. So why not do a nude calendar if promoting Indian women's sexuality is your goal?
You quoted the models who said they were happy to participate in the calendar. That's nice, but how about showing it to a few tribal elders? I'd love to hear what they think about it. Have you gotten any responses from them?
>> isn't it nice to live in a free country where we can have the opportunity to view or be in a swimsuit calendar if we want to and still dance and celebrate our great past and traditions! <<
Yes. It's also nice to live in a country where you can criticize such calendars. <g>
>> We have not now, nor have we EVER marketed and advertised this calendar as a "role models for young Native American girls" calendar. The calendar has always been marketed for adults as "The only all-American Indian swimsuit calendar." PERIOD. <<
Okay, but this kind of begs the question. Why not market it for young Indian women, or even Indian girls, if it's such a good idea? Consider a 16-year-old Indian girl who isn't an adult but is coming into her sexuality. Would it be good for her to look at this calendar and get ideas from it? Why or why not?
You say you're helping young women pursue careers in modeling and acting. That's great for the 12 calendar girls themselves. But given how competitive these fields are, how many of the 12 are going to succeed, realistically? How many of the previous models have succeeded so far?
More important, how many of the young women who see this calendar will be encouraged by it? Will they say to themselves, "Gee, if only I go on a severe diet and exercise program, I could be like these girls too"? Or will they say, "I could never be like those girls no matter how hard I tried? I think I'll give up and settle for mediocrity instead"?
We could get into all the related body issues here. How many of your models have gotten breast implants or other kinds of plastic surgery? How many have suffered anorexia or bulimia? Is it really healthy for women, especially Indian women, to be this thin? Etc.
>> It is just a swimsuit calendar, shot in the style of Sports Illustrated, but with Indian women in natural settings -- mountains, rocks, waterfalls, creeks, in fields of wild flowers and on horseback. <<
Yes, and many people criticize the Sports Illustrated calendars for the same reasons. These people argue that calendars, pageants, and advertisements—in fact, almost any kind of media—exploit women for their sexuality. Are you saying this criticism is wrong?
I wrote a critique of the WILDE KNIGHT comic book last year. It also featured a sensuous Indian woman in skimpy attire. She also was shown in beautiful natural settings. She asserted her Native origins by running with her pet wolf, consulting her wise grandfather, hunting bad guys with her bow and arrow, etc.
The key difference is, the comic showed her naked a few times. Again, do you see any problem with that? Why not take the same approach in your calendars? If 95% of a woman's bare flesh is good, isn't 100% better? Doesn't the gorgeous, buxom, nude star of WILDE KNIGHT promote Indian women as strong, independent, masters of their own sexuality?
>> The Miss America pageant has been a scholarship pageant for years and a big portion of that pageant is the swimwear competition. Every one of the Miss America contestants is considered a role model in her community and state, despite her decision to appear on National television in swimwear. <<
The Miss America pageant is another event that critics routinely attack for portraying women as sex objects. The scholarship and "talent" portions of the pageant haven't changed many people's minds about that. Are you blaming King for echoing this criticism? Because I can assure you she isn't the first to criticize calendars or pageants featuring women.
>> Whether we like it or not, we are always judged to an extent on our physical appearance. It is human nature, and I don't think that will ever change. <<
It's changed to some degree over the centuries as we've learned to judge women for more than their bodies. The question is whether your calendar encourages or discourages this judgment.
I personally have mixed feelings about the calendar. If people think of Indians as stoic old chiefs wrapped in blankets, it may help bust some stereotypes. If they think of Indians as hot young things ripe with earth-mother sexuality, it may only reinforce the stereotype. If you think American culture hasn't sexualized Indian women already, see the many examples at Indian Women as Sex Objects.
Since scantily-clad young women are ubiquitous in our society, I don't think the calendar is that big a deal. I probably wouldn't have written an essay like King did. But I'll defend to the hilt her right to write it and my right to distribute it. This subject is worthy of debate and we've debated it.
The debate continues (8/31/05)....
>> I work a 16 hour day, and to devote ANY time and energy into discussing this is counter productive to me. <<
I wish you'd thought of that before you put some time and energy into critiquing my efforts to disseminate the news.
>> I need my good energies to flow into Rez Dog and Native Naturals, not the negativity generated by Lise King and this article. <<
That's ironic considering you started this discussion by casting negative aspersions on me:
No good was ever accomplished by passing along harmful and hurtful things like this article has been to me and my family. Instead of passing along the article, why didn't you write a letter or call our company and ask for the facts first?
Next time, save us both time by not critiquing me in the first place. You can bet I'll defend my journalistic efforts to the hilt.
Again, there's absolutely nothing wrong with forwarding articles, whether good or bad. If you don't like the content of an article, take it up with the author.
More on calendars
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