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Saturday
Oct202012

Swing State Women Gallup Poll Proves Republicans Have American Women Running Scared

Abortion Rights Top Priority of Women Swing State Voters

There is a well established gender divide in American politics, with women tending to vote Democratic and men tending to vote Republican. Within that mix, married women tend to be real swing voters. In those 12 states considered crucial “swing” states in the 2012 election, a massive gender-based disparity in top issues of concern was established this week in a Gallup Poll.

These results are based on an Oct. 5-11 USA Today/Gallup poll among registered voters in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The survey was conducted prior to the second presidential debate held in Hempstead, N.Y., on Oct. 16 and at a time when Romney has been gaining in national polls.

American Women Are Running Scared

The reality of women embracing abortion rights as their top priority in these states, confirms that thinking women are running scared in America. Rush Limbaugh reduces these findings to a diatribe about American women wanting to have indiscriminate sex all day long, and then aborting as a form of birth control.

Reality is that American women understand that we have reason to be worried. The Republican War on Women has truly convinced us that we are not safe from transvaginal probes or personhood amendments that gives an hour old fertilized egg the same exact rights as a married woman with children and a loving husband, an advanced college and who serves as mayor or her town.

Republicans support the Blunt Amendment, putting not only the Catholic bishops in charge of women’s bodies in 1 in 6 American hospitals — that’s both patients and workers — but ANY employer who has a moral objection to women using birth control.

Mitt Romney DOES suffer from Romnesia, and there is no reason to believe that once elected the flip flopper won’t unleash the full forces of America’s social conservatives on American women. Gone in a Romney administration: abortion rights, contraception rights, federal protection for equal pay and countless other rights won by American women in the last 50 years.

Salt Lake City Tribune Endorses Obama, Writing Romney Will Say Anything To Get Elected

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Thursday
Oct182012

Today's Luxury Market Moves From Logos To Telling Women's Stories While Embracing Women As Individuals

Images: Priscilla Kabeya, Sara and Natalia Oliveira are lensed by Natalia Alaverdian for Harper’s Bazaar Russia November 2012. Natalia Alaverdian and Jama Nurkalieva choose heritage pieces from Louis Vuitton for an editorial dedicated to the luxury retailer.

LVMH shares rose this week after the company said it raised prices at its flagship fashion and leather-goods brand Louis Vuitton by 8 percent in Europe this week. Businessweek writes:

Luxury-goods makers have reported divergent sales patterns since the end of August. Burberry Group Plc (BRBY) said demand is slowing, particularly at lower price points, while Prada SpA and Hermes International SCA (RMS) said they’ve yet to be affected by the weakening world economy. Sales of expensive handbags and other items may advance 5 percent in 2012, excluding currency swings, less than half last year’s pace, Bain & Co. estimated.

Asia’s luxury customers have become increasingly discriminating in their choice of brands, writes WSJ. Gucci and Prada continue to post solid figures as the market shift towards the top end of the luxury market where the brands reside.

Business Day writes ‘The biology of luxury’ today, noting that “nobody would display a symbol of wealth if it were too common. Therefore, assessing whether luxury goods will maintain their impact, and thus their appeal, requires monitoring the extent of counterfeiting.”

If a luxury brand’s symbol of wealth becomes too common, it loses its significance.

The Smart Sensuality consumer and reader — our focus here at Anne of Carversville — is not driven by logos. In today’s London Telegraph, Anya Hindmarch talks about us as people who yearn not to be members of a club, but individuals. In the case of our readers, we add individuals with purpose.

This is a return to why people bought “luxury goods” in the first place: they wanted something personal, something unique, something they had been involved in creating - something that has a story.

When someone asked me recently to name my favourite luxury brands, I realised that the luxury experiences I relish most weren’t really branded at all. For example, there is a little shop in Milan that hand-crafts real horn glasses, and engraves the date they were made inside. I wish I could remember its name - but the point is that it’s not really the name that is important, but the product.

Today’s luxury customers want products to be about them, writes Hindmarch. We agree. It’s this intense connection to stories and the women who have created them for stories that lies at the heart of our new GlamTribale jewelry project.

When people first experience the jewelry, the word that always pops out is “unique” or “original”. The next word is “emotional” — as if women’s voices are speaking to them through the jewelry. I’m not certain that this process can be planned. The emotive experience of the jewelry is a sixth sense one, an unstated design element we’re trying to understand and cultivate.

Join us on our GlamTribale journey project. After four exciting ‘outings’ around Philadelphia in the last month, our next stop is an extended pop-up in the art district and (hopefully) a Thanksgiving to Christmas outpost in Chestnut Hill. 

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Wednesday
Oct172012

Anne Enke Says 'Sign the Bill of Reproductive Rights', So Do Meryl Streep, Caroline Kennedy, Lisa Kudrow, Amy Poehler, Kevin Bacon & Many A-List Celebrities

The Center for Reproductive Rights, a global legal advocacy organization, launched a new kind of campaign Tuesday that asks American voters to sign a “Bill of Reproductive Rights” in support of legal access to abortion and contraception. The campaign, called “Draw The Line,” has attracted a long list of high-profile celebrity participants, including Meryl Streep, Kevin Bacon, Amy Poehler, Lisa Kudrow, Sarah Silverman, Billy Crudup, and Caroline Kennedy.

We the people of the United States hereby assert the following as fundamental human rights that no government may deny, and that our governments at every level must guarantee and safeguard for all.

1.The right to make our own decisions about our reproductive health and future, free from intrusion or coercion by any government, group, or individual.

2.The right to a full range of safe, affordable, and readily accessible reproductive health care—including pregnancy care, preventive services, contraception, abortion, and fertility treatment—and accurate information about all of the above.

3.The right to be free from discrimination in access to reproductive health care or on the basis of our reproductive decisions.

Read, then sign the Bill of Reproductive Rights.

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