Sensuality Reads

Kim Kardashian As Fertility Goddess? A Politically Incorrect Take On Jean-Paul Goule’s Paper Magazine Images Pt 1

‘Angels’ By Russell James Is 304 Pages Of Nude Artistry

Robyn Lawley in ‘Size Does Matter’ By Kenneth Willardt

Pubic Hair Is Back, Announces The New York Times

Dasha Zhukova’s BDSM Throne Bashing Is Well Deserved

jd Forte’s ‘The Up and Comers’ & A September 11 Women’s Rights Reflection

18 Vaginas & Plenty Of Talking Points On Women’s Bodies After Sydney University Newspaper Censored

Christina Hendricks Talks Flower Shops & Pencil Skirts By Max Abadian for Flare Magazine May 2013

Marilyn Monroe Photographer Bert Stern Looks To Kate Upton As Next Muse

Red Genitals Not Arousing In Recent Study, But Men Do Tip Red Shirt Waitresses Better

2013 Is A Year of Revelation and Artistic Rejuvenation for Anne

Sexual Politics & Fashion, 50 Shades of Grey Meets YVVY’s Nude Edition

For Sister Margaret Farley Responsible Pleasure Is Not a Sin

Believing in Birth Control Doesn’t Make Me Un-American | 2 Ps in a Pod by Anne

Wilhelm Reich & Sexual Healing Without Fashion Body Armor

Joe Wehner | Anne Enke Unplugged | ‘Talk to Me’ #1

Study | Charming Porsche-Driving Men are Peacocks Seeking Sex

Sensual Dames Love Stockings & Garter Belts from Secrets & Lace

Female Deception | Vagina or Vajayjay

Emmanuelle Alt & Nudity | Vill Vogue Paris Remain A Sensual Beacon?

Sexy Doublespeak | American Women & Sexual Honesty

Heidi Klum & Rankin Could Sell Magnum Chocolate Ice Cream

Selita Ebanks | Kanye West | ‘Runaway’ Full Video Embedded

Christina Hendricks Reveals Our Inner Lilith Woman

The Great Wall of Vagina | Learning to Love Our Genitalia

Body Talk | Owning Vulvas, Clits & G-Spots

Orgasmic Female Brain in ‘La Petite Mort’ | Images Nicola Vallotto

Reflections on Female Sexual Desire: Anais Nin, Marilyn Monroe & Isabelle Allende Join Forces with Anne

 

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Body Image | Self Esteem

Curvy | Size 0 Articles

Science Pursues Ideal Breast Proportions With Strong Concensus Among Men, Women and Doctors

Victoria’s Secret Pulls Perfect Body Campaign Days Before Annual Fashion Show Flies To London

Self Love Is The Best Beauty Lotion Of All Time For Glowing Skin & A Happy Smile
Aerie Lingerie Launches ‘The Real You Is Sexy’ Campaign

Renoir’s ‘The Large Bathers’ 1887How Body Image Affects Women’s Health For Real

Doutzen Kroes Says She’s No Size 0 & Wears Her Curves Proudly

Gisele Bundchen & Johan Lindeberg Say Basta To ‘Flawless’ Women

Does Fashion Industry Promote Anorexia? So Models Eat Tissue Paper To Stay Thin?

Serena Williams Aces Body Confidence in Beach Shoot & Readers Agree

Cameron Russell Says Privilege & Insecurity Make Modeling A Bad Career Choice

Erotic Sensuality at its Best - Pt 1 from Vogue Russia

Erotic Sensuality from the Masters - Pt 2 from Bogue Russia

Erotic Sensuality by Master Photographers Pt 3 | Vogue Russia Fall 2012

Kate Upton @ Muse Magazine, Says Gisele Is Footballer’s Wife

What’s Wrong With Our Bodies Anyway? Plus Model Magazine Asks

Self Love Is Saying ‘No’ to Fashion Body Images You Hate

Tara, Candice & Robyn | Steven Meisel | Vogue Italia June 2011 | ‘Belle vere’

Franca Sozzani on Curvy Girls, Sensuality & More Body Types in Fashion

Ines de la Fressange | 53, French Chic & Divinely Delicious

Stella Tennant on Vogue Italia as Ethel Granger | Body Image Research Update

Just Say ‘No’ | Programming Your Brain’s RAS System to Hate Size 0 Fashion Ads

Lizzie Miller Body Image Model and Beauty Debate Update

Mikimoto Pearl Girls 1972 | Sensual, Beautiful with Clavicle Fat

If the Supermodels Are Now ‘Fat’, It’s Time To Reprogram Our Fashion Brains

Cindy Crawford | 90’s Size 6 Supermodels Would Be Plus-Size Today

More Anorexia in Kids | Are Girls Afraid of Getting Curves?

Codie Young, Chadwick Tyler & Topshop Join Size 0 Model Debate

Pirelli Defines Sensuaity & Fashion Bodies | Arthur Elgort | Karl Lagerfeld

Anorexia in Thirds | 1/3 Die, 1/3 Relapse, 1/3 Recover

‘Black Swan’ | George Balanchine | Battling BMI Beauty in Ballet

‘Just Being a Woman’ | Isabelle Caro Sought Control of Her Body

Every Woman Should Own a Copy of “Uncovered” & Watch Meredith Viera’s NBC “Today Show” Interview with Jordan Matter

New Day Beauty: The Style Individual Is Running the Show

For a Long, healthy Life, Embrace an Hourglass Figure

NieNie’s Stephanie Nielson Faces ‘Flawless’ Beauty Head-on

Diet & Health

Is Marc Jacobs Defying Obesity Science Promoting Diet Coke?

5 Anti-Aging Reasons To Smile Your Way to Good Health & Lower Stress

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Sunday
Feb062011

Pirelli Defines Sensuality & Fashion Bodies | Arthur Elgort | Karl Lagerfeld

I was surprised just now, seeing these images of women from the 1990 Pirelli Calendar, lensed by American photographer Arthur Elgort. Reading about Arthur Elgort, the image maker attributes much of his ‘snapshot’ style to a love of music and dance, especially jazz and ballet.

These Arthur Elgort images celebrate a Smart Sensuality woman who is fit and active, a woman who celebrates her body in a way that is integrated with her sexuality and is part of her identity.

Writing often about the growth of a ‘monastic, sexless’ style in fashion and popular culture, I can’t help but contrast these Arthur Elgort images of women in action, created for the 1990 Pirelli Calendar, with Karl Lagerfeld’s photos from this year’s calendar.

Karl Lagerfeld’s 2011 Pirelli Calendar

Karl Lagerfeld | Pirelli Calendar 2011 | The Female Divinities & Muses Are Feminists AOC Sensually Yours

Lagerfeld’s images are cooly intellectual and monastic — which is his philosophy when the topic is sensuality. Elgort’s images celebrate women in motion, active warrior goddesses, athletes. And while both men love ballet, I speculate that Elgort adores Alvin Ailey as much as George Ballanchine.

The 90s Demise of a Size 4 and 6 Model

Part of the Conservative movement that swept the world, and America in a major way in the 1990s, was the demise of the size 4-6 supermodels and emergence of a new body type: the size 0 ballet dancer body. Karl Lagerfeld promoted this vision of the beautiful woman, more than any other designer.

In America, the vision was soon adopted and advanced by Sarah Jessica Parker, who replaced sexuality and female sensuality with shopping. ‘Sex and the City’ rendered stilettos the symbol of sexual promise — but not action — for American women.

Sarah Jessica Parker is proud of the fact that she never shared more than a chaste kiss in all the years of ‘Sex and the City’.

The contrast between Kim Cattrall and Parker in “Sex and the City” is a vivid representation of a determined American Conservatism that sought to regain control of female sexuality just as it was breaking out of the box, resulting from the second wave of the global women’s movement.

Kim Cattrall is the confident, deeply-sensual woman with a hot libido. Sarah Jessica Parker experiences a total state of ingenue angst when she farts in bed with Mr. Big.

Both Karl Lagerfeld and Sarah Jessica Parker are inspired by the vision of woman as the petite, disciplined ballet dancer, a woman who assumes control of her body with a monastic self-discipline. Many forms of sensuality and sensual pleasure are considered enemies.

‘Black Swan’ | Woman’s Pursuit of Perfection

Natalie Portman stars in ‘Black Swan’The publication of Karl Lagerfeld’s 2011 Pirelli Calendar is accompanied by the release of ‘Black Swan’, starring Natalie Portman as a ballerina whose rise to success is accompanied by an escalating insanity.

The New York Times writes: “Some dancers say that the film holds up a mirror to a darker side of ballet.”

The film’s director, Darren Aronofsky, lays bare several unsettling topics in the movie: “the blind pursuit of perfection, the anorexia and bulimia to achieve a fat-free swanlike figure, the sexual abuse of fragile ingénues.”

Jennifer Homans, the New Republic dance critic whose new history of ballet ‘Apollo’s Angels’ is #209 on Amazon’s top-seller list today, says that dance tends to draw people who have a kind of discipline and dedication that can flip into obsession.

“They are obsessed with trying to make their bodies into something beautiful and special and otherworldly,” Ms. Homans is quoted by the NYT. “There is an enormous psychological pressure cooker there at a very young age.”

Men on Top

Anne of Carversville is focused on the patriarchal need to control women’s bodies. From fashion to flogging, from ballet to the Vatican’s determination to overturn Rose vs Wade in America, the course of our patriarchal history is obsessed with controlling female sexuality and physicality.

In America the majority of women submit to this view that men rule.

Two-thirds of American women believe that God is a man and is watching women’s every move.  American women are lukewarm about electing females to political office, beliving that men know what’s best for us and a male-dominated patriarchy is the natural state of female grace — whether we are ballet dancers or wearers of Chanel.

Karl Lagerfeld, a man who promotes pornography as a preferred outlet for humanity’s sexual urges, is god to modern fashionistas.

This view will only escalate with the rise of the Asian luxury market, where Japanese women worship Karl Lagerfeld and are consumed with dieting further in honor of Chanel and their Kaiser.

Peter Lindbergh | Estelle, Karen, Rachel, Linda, Tatjana, Christy, US Vogue. 1988Rendering Women Powerless

While I am the first to acknowledge America’s obesity epidemic and constantly advocate a medically health BMI of 25 or less, I am concerned that the real goal for size 0 women isn’t only a positive self-discipline but a deeply-seeded need to render women powerless in the larger culture.

Karl Lagerfeld isn’t wrong in his advocacy that women exhibit personal control over our bodies. The question concerns balance.

This excellent Karl Lagerfeld interview, published in the Telegraph UK some years ago, lays out his thinking on the subject of his own diet and weight loss, and his desire to be a clothes horse.

There is no debate that size 4-6 US women models were both sensual and fashion role models. They were powerful women with strong bodies.

Why then, did they fade away with the whims of men at the top of fashion and ballet? Women did not drive this trend. They followed the men in charge.

It’s important to acknowledge that French fashion has long celebrated thin women and a ‘gamine’, boyish look as well.

Independent French Women

Yet, French women aren’t as mired down in the religious patriarchy watching their every move as American women are. French women are noted for being more independent than American women, and they also celebrate responsible pleasure and sensuality on their terms.

No one disagrees that Karl Lagerfeld is brilliant.

Karl Lagerfeld hangs out with Kanye West as a modern Andy Warhol. Karl is cool because he remains connected to youth culture and ordinary life in the street. This vibrancy is a great attribute for any designer.

Yet on the subject of female nature and womanly sexuality, I say that Karl Lagerfeld and the values he represents embrace a world in which men call the shots and female sexuality is under lock and key.

Helena Christiansen | 7 Fantasmes by Karl LagerfeldOne of the biggest personal disappointments ever was buying ‘7 Fantasmes of a Woman’ by Karl Lagerfleld, thinking that I would see a beautiful eroticism but finding a sensual void instead.

I will take up that subject next, adding only that when it comes to naked bodies and sensality, men get the pearls — an unusual form of eroticism in a little book entitled ‘7 Fantasmes of a Woman’ and dedicated to Helena Christensen.

My personal revolt on the subject of body image, health, fashion and sexuality is focused on what I believe is a deliberate need of patriarchal forces from fashion to religion to control women by convincing us to do as they say.

Women should be naturally submissive, says Pope Benedict.

Millions of men around the world agree with him, and I believe that this view is escalating not declining. Rendering women chic and elegant but physically powerless is the patriarchal goal of many in the fashion industry.

Seeing Arthur Elgort’s Pirelli Calendar 1990 images of women, and comparing them to the 2011 Pirelli Calendar, reminds me of just how much ground we’ve lost in the pursuit of 21st century female emancipation. Anne

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