Burlesque medical students- unprofessional or not?

Canadian medical students make a charity calendar to raise money for a social event and for an MS charity. It features 12 female medical students. Last year's calendar featured 12 male medical students in their underwear.


  1. Some additional commentary on this blog post... note that most of the comments are very supportive of these women to express themselves in this way. 
  2. A comment from one of the students involved. 
  3. Why might the calendar be seen as a problem? 
  4. Context is key. Would knowing that a medical student participated in a charity calendar concern future patients? 
  5. But this wouldn't constitute 'lewd behaviour'?
  6. What are the things which are important to the public about are behaviour? Is there any evidence that they care about what we do when not directly caring for patients?  Are students/doctors expected to be 'robots'?
  7. There is also a general argument against the portrayal of women (and men) in this way.
  8. Is there too much worry about the permanency of a digital footprint? Will these students ever be recognised as calendar girls in the future?