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

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Total Skin & Sensual Beauty by Tom Munro for Vogue Italia January 2013

Vogue Italia celebrates the female body in a way that American Vogue cannot. Lais Ribeiro, Jessica Hart & Melodie Monrose are called out by their agent Women Management for delivering beauty and sensuality inside and out, styled by Giovanna Battaglia. Tom Munro makes the capture for the January issue. /Hair by Shay Ashual; makeup by Maud Laceppe


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Woman | Lyndsey Scott | Ben Hassett | W Mag Sept 2010 | 'Double Vision' NSFW

Note | Nudity We just bumped into this Sept 2010 W Magazine accessories editorial featuring Lyndsey Scott, lensed by Ben Hassett. It’s conceptually magnificent, even though it got little circulation among bloggers.

The comments around Lyndsey Scott at TFS were very strong — some of the best I’ve read talking about a model’s physicality. We’ll be checking up on Lyndsey Scott almost a year later. Meanwhile, we must share this stunning sensual photography. /Carolyn Tate Angel styling; Peter Gray hair, Francelle Daly, makeup

Note: she is in Vogue Italia May 2011 group editorial Gorgeous Black Models by Ellen von Unwerth.

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If We Imagine Breakfast This Beautiful, Will We Eat Less?

BSS | Breakfast Interrupted from Bruton Stroube Studios on Vimeo.

 If one imagines breakfast being this beautiful, nourishing our senses with this much gorgeous stimulation, will we eat less? Is this visual gorgeosity and appreciation of food well prepared and served with beautiful style a key to eating less?

Having roamed the streets of Paris for years, I think the answer is ‘yes’.

Watching this video yesterday, it was impossible not to recall the Carnegie Mellon research suggesting that allowing ourselves to think about food pleasures doesn’t automatically trigger our impulses to eat more.

In fact the opposite occurs, through a process called habituation.

Coincidentally, NYTimes writer Henry Alford takes up the same research topic, applying it to his own desire to lose a few pounds.


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

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Padma Lakshmi | 'Mother Superior' | Vogue India January 2011

Can Padma Lakshmi and India’s relationship with sensuality impact global fashion?

We noted the comments in forums about Padma Lakshmi’s Vogue India January 2011 photo shoot by Prabuddha Dasgupta. Styled by Anaita Shroff Adajania, the comments were “I don’t like Vogue India. It always looks like something GQ would do.”

Another key piece of New Eroticism thinking involves the rise of Brazil and India as two BRIC countries.

In our connected world where America’s lack of sensuality values will no longer drive a global agenda 20 years from now, and the Europeans are comparatively liberated sensually, Brazil and India seem to be the wild cards in how female sensuality is presented.

We expect China to remain restrained, relying on lots of glamour and baubles to drive the luxury message.

In Brazil and India, natural beauty is revered and a more organic, holistic approach to style should influence the global marketplace. Take a look at Vogue Padma Lakshmi photographer Prabuddha Dasgupta’s website for words and images of women in India.

Indian women as subjects of photographic representation have never been seen as anything other than exotic models of attractiveness… its current avatar being the one dimensional Bollywood stereotype. And that, ironically in an age where women’s accomplishments in practically every arena have far surpassed their male counterparts.

These are portraits of urban Indian women, selected for their interestingness rather than their physical charms, drawn from a variety of disciplines, sometimes confirming to gender stereotypes and sometimes defying them.


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The Great Wall of Vagina | Learning To Love Our Genitalia

Marilyn Minter’s ‘Lick It Real Good’Marilyn Minter said a few years back that her art is in the outtakes. “It’s the moment when everything goes wrong,” she says. “It’s when the model sweats. There’s lipstick on teeth and the makeup’s running.”

I experienced another Marilyn Minter turnon this morning, reading about vaginas.

Posting an extensive collection of Minter images, one of several inspirations for our soon to launch Making Waves | Modern Aphrodites 2011 erotic writing project, I understand clearly why the artist is considered to be a purveyor or scopophilia.

Meaning of Scopophilia

Derived from the Greek ‘love of looking’, scopophilia or scoptophilia means deriving pleasure from looking. The moment I read ‘philia’ my mind went, not to Hamlet, but to the world of carnal pleasures.

As an expression of sexual pleasure, scopophilia describes sexual pleasure derived from looking at erotic objects, erotic photographs and naked bodies. In the 1970s, the term was used by cinema psychoanalysts to decribe pleasure — often considered pathological — spectators experience when they watch films.

Laughing just now, I said that I experience scopophilia with erotic flowers.

Screen capture, YouTube Scandalous Erotic Flowers

A quick trip to the dictionary confirms that ‘philia’ connotes unnatural attraction. The Internet Encyclopedia  of Philosophy makes ‘philia’ a subset of ‘The Nature of Love’, breaking down Eros, Philia and Agape.

Interestingly, the Greeks didn’t make ‘philia’ a dirty word. Think Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love. One assumes that ‘philia’ got dirty with the rise of monotheism.

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