Sensuality Reads

Natasha Poly Explores Vagina Dentata & More For Lui Magaziner March 2015

Kim Kardashian As Fertility Goddess? A Politically Incorrect Take On Jean-Paul Goude’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 Models

Lane Bryant Launches #ImNoAngel Campaign Asking Women To Post Selfie Love Across Social Media

France Debates New Fashion Model BMI Laws & Pro-Ana Websites

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lizzie Miller Body Image Model and Beauty Debate Update

Mikimoto Pearl Girls 1972 | Sensual, Beautiful with Clavicle Fat

Photoshop

Charlene White Tweets A Cindy Crawford Reality Check & Now Women Feel Sooooo Much Better

Body Love Articles

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

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

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

Body Psychotherapist Ellen Gayda Defines Body Inhabitance | Do You Live In Your Body Or Has It ‘Gone Fishing’?

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

Self Love Is The Best Beauty Lotion Of All Time For Glowing Skin & A Happy Smile

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

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

Serena Williams Aces Body Confidence in Beach Shoot & Readers Agree

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

Sex & Culture

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

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

 

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

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

Diet & Health

For a Long, healthy Life, Embrace an Hourglass Figure

Chantal Thomass, Red Wine Is More Sensual Than Coca-Cola Light

Is Marc Jacobs Defying Obesity Science Promoting Diet Coke?

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

Health Benefits of Apples ” Rianne Ten Haken By Yu Tsai

Sensual and Superyoung

Healthy, Sensual Living Blogs

Anne’s Sensual Vitality Blog

Health: Libido, Sexuality, Superyoung Longevity

 

Friday
Jan162015

Body Beat | Anja Rubik By Mario Testino 'Towel Series' | Pope Francis & Breastfeeding | Meryl Streep's Beauty Then & Now

Anja Rubik by Mario Testino for Towel Series

Top model Anja Rubik, who joined the Forbes list of the world’s highest paid models is a late bloomer as #60 in Mario Testino’s ongoing towel series. It’s not for fear of taking her clothes off. Rubik is a defender of tasteful nudity, exposing the female body in her 25 Magazine and saying in a recent interview for The Edit:

“I’m not saying in a spread -eagle position, but if someone feels very comfortable with their body, why not show it in a beautiful way? I think a woman’s body is beautiful, so why is a topless image so terrible?”

Meryl Streep 1979 and Now

This image is a huge hit on my Facebook page. Actress Meryl Streep models the same dress at age 64 that she wore in 1979, about 36 years ago. Indeed, she was a beauty then and now.

Pope Francis Invites Breastfeeding at Vatican

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has no policy on breast-feeding, but encourages the practice. Most churches and religious institutions offer nursing mothers a private place to breastfeed. While no one wants to criticize openly, large numbers of parishioners are uncomfortable with a woman nursing discretely during the service. Better that she should miss the liturgy than taking one of the most natural, fundamental actions on earth — that of feeding her child.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and American Academy of Pediatrics implore new mothers to exclusively breastfeed their babies for a minimum of six months for reduced rates of leukemia and obesity in children, coupled with lower risks of ovarian cancer and diabetes in mothers, writes the Wall Street Journal.

Only 16.4% of American mothers exclusively breastfeed babies as advised by these health organizations. WSJ cites five key reasons:

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Sunday
Jan112015

Body Beat | Kim Kardashian Fronts Vogue Australia | Solveig Mork Hansen For Wonderbra | Is Clavicle Fat Back?

Kim Kardashian: Vogue Australia Beach Goddess

We couldn’t be happier to read the cover message on Vogue Australia’s February 2015 featuring Kim Khardashian lensed by Gilles BensimonFashion’s new sensuality.

These words about sensuality are music to AOC readers ears, although prudence and rational thinking demands that we wait to see if this strong message permeates the fashion universe.

After all, fashion monasticism is alive and well in the minds of many designers as a deliberate suppression of breasts and curves, body attributes more likely in the physiques of women who aren’t size 0.

More important in the current world of fashion is the implicit message that women should quell our sexual appetite and joys of responsible sex and buy designer clothes instead. We are the sum of our clothes, not the sum of our spirits.  How much better would it be to spend less money on our clothes and invest more of ourselves and our money in the planet and its people? This challenge is deeply embedded in Anne of Carversville and is best understood by reading this article xxxxx

Note that women can be sensual at every size from 0 to 20. But it’s also true that muscles and a certain amount of body fat are necessary for women’s physical health and wellbeing. AOC argues that muscles and fat are also necessary for psychological wellbeing and libido.

We have reams of writing on this topic: the intersection of physicality and sexuality and were busy organizing these articles over the Christmas holidays.

Solveig Mork Hansen for Wonderbra

The Danish ‘it’ girl and IMG model Solveig Mork Hansen expands her Wonderbra relationship for 2015.Hanse follows a string of beautiful Wonderbra women launched by Eva Herzigova in the original Wonderbra ‘Hello Boys’ campaign. Eva’s billboard has been voted the best of all time and caused multiple car crashes around the world.

As a staunch feminist, I love the Wonderbra campaign and wish it had evolved to a different result for American women around our sensuality — instead of witnessing the sad downsizing of fashion-industry models when we began flexing our Smart Sensuality muscles.

One of the most graphic examples of downsizing models from US size 4-6 (always with exceptions, of course) to size 0 is the evolution of Eva Herzigova’s body and the topic of clavicle (or collarbone) fat.

Read my essay and see images of a more robust Eva Herzigova. When Herzigova was lensed in Cannes, she had absolutely no clavicle fat (left), compared to her earlier Wonderbra days.

The Ever Shrinking Eva Herzigova | 1992 Vogue UK vs Cannes 2010

Just to be clear, Eva rebounded into a more sensual, healthy body type whi AOC showcased in Eva Herzigova’s Clavicle Fat by Nicolas Moore for Elle France January 2013.

Just in case you believe I’ve exaggerating the topic of clavicle fat — which I find more sensual than bones — read one of our first posts on that topic, referencing a May 2007 article in the NYTimes:

As the rest of women’s bodies recede in spring fashions, the clavicles, or collarbones, and the upper chest between them, is rising to prominence. Toned shoppers who want to show off their self-discipline in the face of dessert are choosing dresses with a low, but not plunging neckline, a look that is transforming the area above the breasts into an unlikely new subject for women to obsess over.

Monday
Jan052015

Body Beat | Is Rita Ora Shaped 'Right' For DSquared2? | Christie Brinkley At 60 | Spring 2015 Hair Trends

Rita Ora Spills Out of Control In DSquared2

Rita Ora looks anything but confident, as she makes her way towards the red carpet for the launch of The Voice UK. Ora is the newest judge, replacing Australian singer Kylie Minogue. Rita chose to wear a jaw-dropping, cobalt blue dress from DSquared2’s Pre-Fall 2015 collection.

It’s not often that real people of every size have the opportunity to compare a dress on the fashion industry’s preferred model body type of super slender with minimal breasts and hips, and then worn by a woman like Rita Ora, who — for better or worse — has both.

Anne of Carversville has written about this topic of on and off the runway since 2007, primarily as a reflection on fashion’s misogyny against breasts and hips. Over the last two decades, average model size has shrunk from size 4-6 US to size 0-2. There have always been exceptions, of course. Yet, any 80s supermodel from Cindy Crawford to Naomi Campbell will tell you that their 1990s bodies — achievable by 25% of American women with exercise and diet — are considered gross by today’s standards.

Research confirms that only 8% of American women can today achieve a runway figure. I doubt that the Brits are far behind us in that reality. French women and Italians, too, are more blessed — if the look is your personal preference.

More Reading:

Cindy Crawford: 90s Size 6 Supermodels Would Be Plus Size Today

A Formerly Fat Karl Lagerfeld Again Lashes Out At Curvy Women With The Kaiser’s Cruel Misogyny

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

Why Fawn Over Imperious Fashion Designers When We Have Choices?

Christie Brinkley: Swimmingly Sexy at 60

Positive aging powerhouse Christie Brinkley soaks up the rays on the Caribbean islands of Turks and Caicos, drifting in a shower of sunlight and unpolluted water.

The vast majority of AOC readers don’t have a Christie Brinkley body at any age, but if seeing is believing in the power of potential, then Christie inspires us to connect with sun, spirit and swimming at every age.

Swimming and water activities are fantastic as low-impact exercise for women of every age.

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Thursday
Jan012015

Donna Trope Explores Beauty Industry In 'Mask Layer' For 'Under the Influence' Magazine Winter 2014/15

So many thoughts came rushing through my mind when I saw ‘Mask Layer’, lensed by Donna Trope for ‘Under the Influence Magazine’. Models Holly Rose Emery and Samantha Gradoville confront the concept of self-improvement and plastic surgery in the Winter 2014 issue. Masha Orlov styles ‘Mask Layer’ with Georgina Graham on makeup and Rominana Manenti on hair.

Several months ago I was contacted by a prominent plastic surgery group about promoting their research on AOC. Their research confirmed that procedures among teen girls are rising faster than ever, driven largely by Selfies. Couple this reality with a leveling off of the market among middle-aged and older women — driven largely by the economy, I assume — and it makes sense that beauty businesses plant more doubts about real beauty among our young women to keep the cash register ringing.

Make no mistake — as I explained to the West Coast professionals — I have used Botox and fillers and will do so again. I’m not anti-physical enhancements and particularly when they look natural. What I flat-out reject, though, is the website message that greeted me, when I took a look at the firm’s research. To paraphrase:

‘We Can Make You The Woman You Always Wanted To Be’

I explained tactfully that under no circumstances could I embrace such a message to AOC readers because I don’t believe that cosmetic procedures have much relevance at all to my essence as a woman. Rather, the issue is my grace, empathy, intelligence, creativity, conscience, and a host of other factors that have nothing to do with needles and injections and the perfect pout.

I referred them to two earlier articles written about cosmetic procedures and plastic surgery. You might enjoy them, too ~ Anne

Read on:

Beauty, Plastic Surgery and Self Esteem

First Impressions: Women and the World of Plastic Surgery

 

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Thursday
Jan012015

Artist Omar Ortiz's Hyper-realistic Female Body Parts Inspire Self-Love

Guadalajara-based, hyper-realistic painter Omar Ortiz brings a different perspective to painting the female form. Typically, the male artistic gaze is focused on female breasts and erotic zones of the lower torso. Ortiz is hardly oblivious to eroticism in the grand spectrum of his paintings, but his visual gift lies in exploring the sensual totality of the female body including hands and even fingernails. See Omar Ortiz Facebook.

It occurs to me that Ortiz’s art is a positive force in the self-image fight that the majority of women experience in their quest to be perceived as more than the summation of their erotic body parts. Yes, his models are thin and beautiful, but these paintings remind us that female beauty is nuanced and can be expressed in gestures as well as knees and knuckles.

 

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Sunday
Dec282014

Brita Water Builds Skyscrapers Of America's Sugar Addiction

This fall’s 2014 Brita Water Filtration campaign reminded us that a can a day soda or ice tea drinker consumes 221,314 sugar cubes in a lifetime. As Ad Age says “the beleaguered soda industry” … “has become a punching bag for health advocates and competing beverage brands.”

As a Brita filtered water drinker — even filling a reusable water bottle for on-the-go because I can no longer bear to fill our planet with empty plastic water bittles — I found Brita’s “sugar cube city” in New York’s Chelsea Market, made from nearly four tons of sugar, to be overwhelmingly effective marketing.The sculpture features 28 buildings, varying in height from 2 to 7 feet.

Brita asserts that four tons of sugar represents a family of four’s lifetime consumption of the sweet stuff. And this sugar sculpture skyline is what four tons of sugar surging through our brains and body looks like.

Sugar is a comparatively foreign substance in my body, although I do drink wine and vodka. Because the brain science news on diet soda isn’t any better in terms controlling appetite, obesity and the illnesses associated with this critical health problem of obesity, I don’t drink diet sodas or diet juices either. Frankly, they are poison to me.

As we reposition Anne of Carversville back to its original roots in 2015, writing about critical health news that affects obesity, aging, sexuality and our general sense of wellbeing, sugar is front and center in my mind.

Earlier this month, medical headlines argued More than salt, sugars may contribute to high blood pressure. Medical News Today reported recently that “regularly drinking high levels of sugar-sweetened soda could lead to the premature aging of immune cells, leaving the body vulnerable tp chronic diseases in a similar manner to the effects of smoking.”

Coca Cola and PepsiCo increasingly advocate for lower-calorie sodas and smaller-portioned packaging. The two companies have been joined by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group in pledging to reduce beverage calories consumed per person nationally by 20% by 2025.

Read AOC’s writing on sugar and diet sugar after taking in these sugar skyscrapers.

AOC on Sugar & Sugar Substitutes

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