Sensuality Reads

Sharon Stone Showcases Her ‘Flapjack Ass’ in Mark Abrahams Images for Harper’s Bazaar US September 2015

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

 

Anne of Carversville & Sensuality News do not accept submissions.

Body Image | Self Esteem

Curvy | Size 0 Models

Ashley Graham Tells TED: I’m Bold, Beautiful & Brilliant Even With Back Fat

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

Kate Upton

All Kate Upton

Kate Upton Once Asked By Fashion Assostant Why She Would Wear A Cross, Based On Her Reputation

Sensual and Superyoung

Healthy, Sensual Living Blogs

Anne’s Sensual Vitality Blog

Health: Libido, Sexuality, Superyoung Longevity

 

Monday
Oct182010

Anti-Aging Luteolin-Rich Foods Reduce Brain Inflammation

Yet again, our top sexy foods deliver major brain-health benefits. Both celery and chili peppers, along with olive oil, rosemary and chamomille, according to Science Daily, and the very sensual beet, confirmed by other sources, are rich in luteolin.

The powerful luteolin appears to act to reduce age-related inflammation in the brain and related memory deficits by directly inhibiting the release of inflammatory molecules.

University of Illinois animal sciences professor Rodney Johnson, who led the new study said that during normal aging microglial cells become dysregulated and begin producing excessive levels of inflammatory cytokines.

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Monday
Oct182010

Loving Relationships | 32 Health Benefits of Sex

Today’s focus on sensuality and the good life looks at the science behind 32 health benefits of sex with a trusted partner. 

Naysayers, please read on, because science is on my side.

The health benefits of sex is not a Cosmo tale for “silly blondes”, but rather a rich landscape of high-priority, vital information for maximum health and aging. Let’s get started because this is one pill I want you to swallow often. 

32 Health Benefits of Sex

1. Stress reduction

Oxytocin released during orgasm definitely reduces stress, by lowering cortisol levels.  Women stress about money more than men and tend to take To Do lists to bed with them. Sexual intimacy can be a richly-rewarding, free experience. Properly planned and with both parties being “present” and engaged during sex, many more stress-reducing health benefits of sex are outlined in research.

Female orgasms can only be triggered when the amygdala — the brain’s fear and anxiety center—is turned off.  This medical reality is another reason why foreplay is important as part of sexual activity.

2. Immunity boost

Psychologists at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre determined that moderately sexually-active people — having sex once or twice a week —  had higher levels of immunoglobulin lgA. IgA binds to pathogens at all the points of entry to the body, then calls on the immune system to destroy them.

Confirming that too much of a good thing isn’t good for immune systems, the benefits of sexual activity didn’t extend to the most sexually-active people in the study. Also the study doesn’t clarify if the sexual events among the most sexually active participants involved different partners. It’s also possible that the parties had high anxiety levels and used sex for release. Stress and anxiety make lgA go down. 

3. Cardiovascular benefits

A 1997 British study of 918 men from Caerphilly in Wales concluded that men who had intercourse twice a week or more were less likely to have heart attacks and other fatal coronary events. Men who had sex less than once a month had twice the rates of fatal coronary events, compared with those with the most sexual activity. 

Estrogen lowers bad cholesterol, particularly in women. This benefit can be erased as women age, leaving their HDL cholesterol to rise. 

4. Increased circulation and blood flow, including the brain

Finnish scientists recently  followed 1,000 men aged between 55 and 75 for five years, Study participants who had sex less than once a week at the start of the study were twice as likely to develop erectile dysfunction as those who had it at least once a week.

Those who had sex three or more times a week lowered their risk fourfold.

The pulse rate of a sexually excited individual increases from 70 to 150 beats per minute, which is comparable to muscle efforts of a weight-lifter. At the moment of orgasm, blood circulation reaches its maximum surge speed, pulsing through our organs and brain.

Dr. J. Francois Eid, a urologist with Weill Medical College of Cornell University and New York Presbyterian Hospital, observes that erectile dysfunction is extension of vascular system. A lethargic member may be telling you that you have diseased blood vessels elsewhere in your body. “It could be a first sign of hypertension or diabetes or increased cholesterol levels. It’s a red flag that you should see your doctor.” Treatment and exercise, says Dr. Eid, can have things looking up again: “Men who exercise and have a good heart and low heart rate, and who are cardio-fit, have firmer erections. There very definitely is a relationship.” 

5. Pain reduction

Dr. Beverly Whipple, professor emeritus at Rutgers University and a famed sexologist and author, when women masturbated to orgasm “the pain tolerance threshold and pain detection threshold increased significantly by 74.6 percent and 106.7 percent respectively.” 

Orgasm releases endorphins, natural analogues of morphine, which alleviate the pain of everything from headache to arthritis to even migraine. In women, sex also prompts production of estrogen, which can reduce the pain of PMS. 

Reality is that quality sex is the perfect remedy for a headache, not a reason for avoiding it. 

6. Improved sleep

Because oxytocin and the intimacy of positive intimacy reduce stress, we sleep more soundly. 

“There’s no doubt that sex is relaxing and so helps tackle insomnia,” says Dr David Delvin, a GP and specialist in sexual medicine. “Lots of people use sex, whether with a partner or on their own, as a way of getting to sleep. That’s down to the surge in oxytocin during arousal and orgasm, which is a natural sedative.”

This view is backed up by a 2000 US study carried out in 2000, which found that 32 per cent of the 1,866 female respondents who reported masturbating in the previous three months said it helped them sleep.

7. Less sleep, improved longevity

Only a crazy journalist would write that sex is good for you because you sleep a bit less, making time for lovemaking, and that might be good for you. We know that women say they are tired, out of energy and want sleep more than anything in the world.

“I don’t have time for sex” is a common lament of today’s woman.When married women also want to read a book or watch a movie, rather than have sex, the situation is a bit more complicated for their husbands. According to iVillage, a huge number of women feel this way. Perhaps women just want some peace and quiet.

New research on optimal sleep times intersects with another important study, suggesting that optimum sleep for longevity in women may be around 6 hours a night. This isn’t the number women want to hear, and they feel exhausted for many reasons, including lack of exercise, but medical researchers would say that needing to sleep seven hours, rather than make love, may not be the right set of health priorities.

8. Lower blood pressure

In April 2010 Brazilian health minister Jose Temporao announced a new national campaign against high blood pressure. Itemizing the To Do List for the country,  the minister checked off diet, exercise, regular blood-pressure checks — and he also reminded everyone that one way to get a good cardiovascular workout is with more sexytime, adding, “always with protection, obviously.”

In a two-step connection — probably 10 if we add them up — researchers at Indiana University found that simple household chores can lower your blood pressure as much medication. Professor Janet Wallace’s team found that a few hours of “lifestyle physical activity” a day can drop systolic blood pressure by an average of about 13 points. 

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Saturday
Oct162010

Ieva Laguna | Greg Kadel | It's So Easy Being Beautiful | Right?

Isn’t the pursuit of beauty and fashion glamour fun?

After all my writing about curvers and whittled waists, potato-chip eating mommies and anoxeric coathanger models, sagging ear lobes and flat chests, ample bosoms and ‘real women’ — whatever they are — I just had a good laugh when I saw this Ieva Laguna editorial for Vogue Germany Nov 2010.

There are moments when one says ‘enough’, we’re not curing cancer here. That’s my brother’s job. I am stuck in the muck of fashion frivolity.

Photographer Greg Kadel always does well, but this editorial honoring Chanel, Louis Vuitton and more, styled by Nicola Knels is quirky and off kilter for sure. Does it carry a message? Who knows and today who cares. Enjoy the show … and for every man (and woman) who dreams of his (or her) grande-bosom goddess, here you go.Anne

 

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Wednesday
Oct132010

Christina Hendricks | Harper's BAZAAR November 2010

Updated on Sat, October 16, 2010 by Registered CommenterAnne

Christina Hendricks looks simply fabulous in the November 2010 issue of Harper’s BAZAAR, lensed by Terry Richardson — although not as fabulous as these new jawdroppers

As the officious, flawless office manager Joan on Mad Men, Hendricks leaves viewers gasping over her competence and ‘Joan Walk’ and not necessarily in the order. Hendricks has reinvented the meaning of gorgeous curves in all the right places.

Feminists and the ‘Joan Walk’

In the process, Christina Hendricks has helped millions of women to love the body in her mirror.

“All the costumes were so tight,” Christina explains of the Walk. “I wasn’t used to the undergarments, so my natural swing became more of a swing. After I became conscious of it, my hands came up too.”

The Joan Walk is absolutely a form of female empowerment to many women, many who call themselves ‘feminists’. One of the fault lines in the second wave of feminism was hostility around expressions of sensuality and femaleness on one side and women comfortable with their sensual, competent, stilettoe-wearing selves on the other. The two sides never reconciled.

While women haven’t taken to the streets yet in Mad Men’s 1960s Madison Avenue boy’s club culture, no one doubts that Joan means business in her voluptuous brassiere.

Hendricks tells BAZAAR that she never thought she would become an inspirational cult figure for curvy women. But she’s happy to play the role. Christina tears up talking about the fan who approached her in a restaurant: “‘Excuse me, I just want to tell you that I watch your show, and you make me feel better about myself. I am a curvy woman, and you’ve made me feel sexy and beautiful.’

As an AOC sidebar, it’s our contention that once she feels sexy and beautiful, this woman will take better care of her health, whatever her size. Self-love comes first, then self-respect. This is why our readers love Christina Hendricks and Crystal Renn.

Cathy Horyn’s Globe Globe Moment

Like Crystal Renn, Christina Hendricks is willing to talk about the downside of her moments in the public spotlight. She recalls New York Times style writer Cathy Horyn blogging about her dress at the Golden Globes Awards:

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Friday
Oct082010

Fixing Freckles and Other Flaws | Claudia | Henrik Adamsen | Schön! Magazine 

The title of photographer Henrik Adamsen’s images of Claudia of 2PM for the latest issue of Schön! Magazine speaks volumes to American women — moreso than French or Scandinavian women. Titled ‘Flaw’, Adamsen is focused on freckles and Claudia’s sensuous beauty.

America is in the business of ‘flaw fixing’. In my career as a lingerie industry executive and consultant, I’ve been in many brainstorming sessions about how to ‘fix flaws’.Behind clothes doors we’ve discussed every inch of a customer’s body and how to ‘fix it’.

Much of the marketing on hang tags actually used the word ‘flaw’. Ouch! Thinking in particular of one brand I’ve worked on, I love every woman on that design team. We were multi-racial, different ages and nice people. But our mission was to fix your flaws. Thinking about my past just now, I’m taking a pause.

On a personal note, I distinctly remember the day I was watching a Today show segment on ‘flaw fixing’ and the presenter began talking about aging ear lobes.

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Friday
Oct012010

Optimum Sleep for Longevity in Women May Be Around 6 Hours A Night

American women say they are desperate for more sleep, but a new study conducted by University of California, San Diego indicates that the secret to longevity lies with sleeping at least five hours a night and not over eight.

Following up 14 years later on 444 of the original 459 women involved in the Women’s Health Initiative, researchers were surprised to determine that the best survival was observed among women who slept 5 to 6.5 hours, or less than commonly recommended by doctors.

For women sleeping less than 7 1/2 hours a night, we have reason to worry less about our health.

The new findings are interesting when compared to sleep-related research published three weeks ago.

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