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Wednesday
Aug152012

Obama's Lead With Women Widens | Nine Days With Hillary Clinton | Gates Foundation Reinvents the Toilet

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Ageless, sensual fashion editorials

Doutzen Kroes | Mario Sorrenti | Vogue Paris August 2012

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the cover girl of Conde Nast’s Traveler, reinforcing her position as the most globetrotting American secretary of state ever. Hillary shares her thoughts on humanity in words that are music to our ears.

In the modern world, we’re all interdependent, we’re all interconnected. You just can’t say that you’re only going to deal with your own kind of person, or you’re only going to meet your own kind or person, or you’re only going to listen to your own kind of person. That’s not the way the world is going to work. And we’ll either figure out how to be more integrated, or we will disintegrate.

Hillary Clinton will have clocked over a million miles when she steps down as secretary. Writer Devin Doyle says that “traveling with Clinton is like chasing after a woman shot out of a cannon with rocket boosters strapped to her pantsuit”. Keeping up with her is described as “punishing,” “grueling” and “exhausting”.

Clinton guesses that her popularity stems from a combination of factors. For one, she represents the United States, which, “despite all of the criticism and other issues, people still admire.” Another reason is that she went to work for the man against whom she battled fiercely for the presidency and who dealt her a stunning defeat. “They find that just amazing. Why would he ask me and why would I say yes? Because we both love our country and democracy, and in a time of great challenge, people need to commit to their country and to their fellow human beings. I think that resonates with some people,” she says.

We share a video of Secretary Clinton in India, stopping to meet West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who recently defeated 30 years of Communist rule in a state of 91 million in Kolkata. The occasion was the first time an American high official had visited the program focused on combating India’s sex trafficking industry, in which girls are sold into slavery.

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Candid commentary about female sensuality

Kate Upton | Guy Aroch | GQ Italia August 2012

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Women Rally Around Obama

New research on the 2012 presidential election shows that President Obama has a commanding lead among women voters, a lead that should increase now that Mitt Romney has chosen Paul Ryan as his running mate. Mitt’s main guy Paul Ryan is Mr. Sponsor of a federal law mandating unnecessary ultrasounds for women seeking an abortion and Mr. Sponsor of the same rights for a fertilized egg as for the woman in the voting booth — making the egg more important than she is in reality.

All her independent decisions about even taking certain medications are governed by the needs of her embryo, making her a true incubator machine with no rights of her own to good health.

Here’s the latest polling research, via Jedediah Bila writing on FOX:

On August 7-8 CNN/ORC found that women were voting for Obama (73%) over Romney (44%).

On August 13, The Wall Street/NBC confirmed polling results that Obama leads Romney 54% to 39% among women. Among college-educated women, the president leads 63%-32%. (Note, those results might include Ryan results.)

Tove Larsen (speaking) of Eawag, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, talks about their diversion toilet at yesterday’s  ‘Reinventing the Toilet’ Fair, sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“We couldn’t be happier with the response that we’ve gotten,” Bill Gates said.

To pass the foundation’s threshold for the world’s next toilet, it must operate without running water, electricity or a septic system, not discharge pollutants, preferably capture energy or other resources, and operate at a cost of 5 cents a day. via Salon

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Karlie Kloss | David Sims | Vogue US September 2012 | Her Brilliant Career

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View larger Obesity in America chart.

Obesity in America

Using self-reported results that are probably worse than reported, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed the details of America’s latest obesity reality check. For the first time, researchers used households that can only be contacted with mobile phones, results that bring more younger people into the statistics.

Mississippi leads the nation in obesity. via The Economist

US Fertility Rate Plunges

America’s fertility rate has plunged below replacement level at a time when France’s is stable and Britain’s rising.

The Economist writes that Mexican migrants — who have higher fertility rates — are not finding work and go back home. Significant research confirms that young people are postponing marriage, buying new homes and having children.

Saudi Arabia’s Women Only Cities

In an innovative measure to deal with strict gender-laws that prohibit men and women working together, Saudi Arabia is planning to build several women-only cities. The first location to employ women only will be a new industrial city in the Eastern Province of Hofuf.

Segregated schools, universities and offices are already the norm in Saudi Arabia where women require a male guardian’s consent for activities including marriage, divorce or travel, reports Huff Po.

Although 60 percent of the nation’s college graduates are women, only 15 percent are employed.

Tuesday
Aug142012

Now Both Romney & Ryan Support Personhood Bills Against Women | Nancy Brinker Trades Jobs At Komen Foundation 

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Unlike most fashion blogs and websites, we deliver fashion and style in multiple channels that maintain a tight point of view.

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Natalya Rassadnikova | Igor Oussenko | Bambi Magazine 11

Komen CEO Nancy Brinker Resigns But …

Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder Nancy BrinkerWriting for this week’s New York Magazine, Lea Goldman shares the news that Nancy Brinker has resigned as Komen’s CEO but looks are deceiving. In Brinker’s Way: Behind the Pseudo-Exit of Komen Foundation Founder, Goldman writes that Brinker’s new power base if chairman of Komen Board Executive Committee. The Foundation approached Marsha ‘Marty’ Johnson Evans, a retired Navy admiral who once ran the Red Cross.

Evans is believed to have demanded carte blanche to fix Komen as she saw fit — without interference from Brinker. When no such guarantees could be made, she pulled out of contention.

Brinker is apparently not easy to work for, losing a slew of executives in the last five years including “three presidents, two chief financial officers, two general counsels, two chief marketing officers, and three public-policy executives”

Writing previously about Brinker — who prefers to be called Ambassador Brinker, a right she earned serving as ambassador to Hungary in the Bush Administration — we said she was a high flier. Goldman writes that Brinker seriously believes she should receive serious consideration for a Nobel Peace Prize.

You might say that Brinker has done a Mitt move, abandoning her moderate Republican past, because she has political ambitions. Although Brinker has denied that politics played any part in her decision to hire Planned Parenthood for Karen Handel, insiders say that Brinker hankers for a Florida Senate or perhaps a Cabinet appointment as Secretary of Health and Human Services in a Romney administration.

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City/country fashion editorials/living with style

JP, Ellinore Erichsen, Tian Yi, Josephine Skriver, Maria Palm | Emma Summerton | Vogue Italia August 2012

Paul Ryan Backs Personhood Amendment Like Romney

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney & running mate Rep Paul RyanSmart women know that Mitt Romney supports a ‘personhood’ amendment that gives a fertilized egg the same rights as the woman in whose womb it is planted. If drugs that could save her life had any potential effect on the embryo — say two weeks old, it would be an act of murder and she would be denied treatment. Such rules already exist in the one in six American hospitals run by the Catholic Church. Romney seeks to bring that legislation to all American hospitals.

Planned Parenthood has outlined Mitt Romney’s support of ‘personhood’ legislation — which would outlaw many common forms of contraception and all in vitro fertilization — long before his affirmative comments to Mike Huckabee.

With Romney’s consistent declaration that he will close down Planned Parenthood now the substance of a Democratic campaign video, there is no love lost between the two parties. Planned Parenthood cites four other occasions besides the Huckabee interview in which Romney is on the record in support of a Personhood amendment or bill.

Now that Paul Ryan has joined Team Romney, the drive towards giving fertilized eggs the same rights as grown women with a husband, three kids, a career and civic responsibilities is in high gear. Ryan couldn’t be farther right on women’s health:

1. Ryan co-sponsored the current ‘personhood’ amendment in the US House of Representatives.

2. Ryan supports outlawing all abortions, including rape and incest.

3. Ryan voted to ban abortion coverage from being included in Obamacare’s health exchanges — even when a woman used her own funds for that coverage.

4. Ryan compared Roe v. Wade to the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision, in which the SC ruled that the descendents of slaves had no constitutional rights.

5. Ryan also wants Planned Parenthood closed down.

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Young, sexy, not too serious

Lindsay Ellingson | Victoria’s Secret Lingerie July 2012

J’Adore Container Architecture

Intrigued by container architecture? Jim Poteet of Poteet Architects talks with Remodelista about a guesthouse he created out of a container in San Antonio, Texas.

“Intrigued by an article she read about container architecture, Poteet’s client (an artist and entrepreneur) purchased one from the Port of Houston with a view to experimenting and creating a prototype for affordable artists’ studios. Poteet Architects (a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory) approached this design opportunity with the same sensitivity they are known for in their adaptive reuse of downtown San Antonio’s existing buildings; maintaining the essence of what was once a humble shipping container while making it habitable and energy efficient at the same time. “

Photography by Chris Cooper.

Saturday
Aug112012

American Nuns Respond With Barbara Marx Hubbard Style Vision | Nuns Ask Romney To Spend A Day With Poor

Barbara Marx Hubbard was the featured speaker at this week’s Missouri meeting of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. The main focus of the meeting was drafting a response to the Vatican’s claims that American nuns are “radical feminists” out of step with the church’s teaching. Of course, the members of LCWR don’t see themselves in this light.

The response to Rome’s doctrinal assessment is more eastern, writes Thomas C Fox for The National Catholic Reporter. 

The statement simply absorbs the misunderstanding, pain, violence and abuse the women who gathered here find within the doctrinal assessment. Not unlike a Japanese Jujutsu move that manipulates an opponent’s force rather than confronting it with one’s own, the statement asked Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, the apostolic delegate appointed by CDF to oversee LCWR, to move forward with the women in more conversation.

Reporting on the statement from our American nuns continues below.

First, a short fashion film ‘Sisterhood’ by Json Adriani, with styling by Federica Salto and featuring Masha @ 2morrow model and Malgosia @ Urban Management.

This little gem expresses this moment in history at which humanity stands. Simply stated, the world finds itself in a battle over the truth and validity of more feminine principles versus holding on to primarily patriarchal ones. Perhaps subconsciously, Json Adriani’s new short identifies the reflection and contemplation required about the future vision of America, and the type of planet we seek.

‘Sisterhood’

Mitt Romney’s announcement today that Wisconsin Rep Paul Ryan is his running mate crystallizes dramatically the coming dialogue around American values. In response to the Vatican’s condemnation, American nuns have placed themselves as leaders in the discussion about the future of our country.

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American nuns have responded to the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith with a request for more dialogue and a vision of Christianity in the future. Sister Pat Farrell’s address also captures a 21st century vision of women as leaders in creating a sustainable planet.

Continuing his explanation of the nuns’ mindset, National Catholic Reporter publisher Thomas C. Fox writes:

The U.S. women religious have slowly come to imagine the hand of God in the very doctrinal assessment that has caused them so much anguish. As misrepresenting as they feel it is in describing the nature, mission and values of LCWR, the women, after much processing, are now seeing it as a kind of “trigger” moment, one that is forcing a uniquely public look at what LCWR is and what it has come to represent. The women do not see themselves operating in opposition to the hierarchy, but rather as a timely, needed pastoral complementary, feminine voice within the church.

LCWR’s president Sister Farrell’s closing address focused on the message and vision of the Second Vatican Council, a vision that is repudiated in many ways by Pope Benedict, who argues that the 2nd Vatican Council has been misinterpreted with any suggestion that it opened the door to an acceptance of homosexuality, sacraments for the divorced and re-married, women priests, or birth control.

The Vatican is using the 50th anniversary of the 2nd Vatican Council to reeducate Catholics about the real messages in a Year of Faith. Bottom line, the Catholic Church is facing major dialogue among its members in the coming year, and the nuns seek an active voice.

The LCWR board meets for two hours today with Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, the head of a three-bishop team chosen by Rome to overhaul the LCWR over the next five years.

“There is an inherent existential tension between the complementary roles of hierarchy and religious (the nuns) which is not likely to change,” Farrell told the sisters. “In an ideal ecclesial world, the different roles are held in creative tension, with mutual respect and appreciation, in an environment of open dialogue, for the building up of the whole church.”

Stating the obvious, she said the Vatican’s mandate over the LCWR “suggests that we are not currently living in an ideal ecclesial world.”

The sisters say they will keep on talking with the Vatican “for as long as possible” but will reconsider if the sisters are “forced to compromise the integrity of (their) mission.

Sister Sandra M. Schneiders, professor emeritus of New Testament studies at the Jesuit School of Theology/Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Ca, told Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times: “There is definitely a desire to de-escalate the conflict, because fight is not what we’re about.” But there are also non-negotiables, she continued, including the sisters’ belief that God speaks through many people, not just through the bishops.

Paul Ryan Budget

Huff Po’s Senior Religon Editor Paul Brandeis Raushenbush has already responded to Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential pick with the same thought that went through my mind on hearing the news.

Nuns on the Bus, and the voice of American Nuns just got a big boost. It is the American nuns — far more than American bishops and priests as a group — who have challenged Ryan and the Ryan budget. I listened to Sister Simone Campbell here in Philadelphia a few weeks ago in a Nuns on the Bus stop.

Sister Simone Campbell argues that Ryan’s budget “rejects church teaching about solidarity, inequality, the choice for the poor, and the common good. That’s wrong.”

In a tearful moment between Sister Simone and myself, she fiercely pronounced: “We must get our country back.”

Catholic leaders who are more focused on social policy and the poor than the Vatican’s priority of contraception, homosexuality, no women priests and abortion have been aggressive in criticizing Paul Ryan. When scheduled to speak at Georgetown University, more than 90 faculty members including over a dozen Jesuit priests signed a letter about the Paul Ryan budget:

“Your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her call to selfishness and her antagonism toward religion are antithetical to the Gospel values of compassion and love.”

Nuns Challenge Romney

Earlier this week, Sister Simone’s social justice lobby NETWORK openly invited Republican candidate Mitt Romney to spend a day with them, learning about the needs of struggling families and low-income communities. The official press release from NETWORK said:

“Recent advertisements and statements from the campaign of Governor Romney demonize families in poverty and reflect woeful ignorance about the challenges faced by tens of millions of American families in these tough economic times,” stated Sister Simone Campbell. “We are all God’s children and equal in God’s eyes. Efforts to divide us by class or score political points at the expense of the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters reveal the worst side of our country’s politics.”

As NETWORK demonstrated in their recent “Nuns on the Bus” tour, budget cuts proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan and endorsed by Mitt Romney will hurt struggling families throughout the nation. The Romney-Ryan budget would devastate services such as nutrition assistance, childhood education and job training that provide pathways out of poverty for millions of families.

Anne of Carversville

Cuttalossa Farm on Cuttalossa Road in Lumberville, Pa.Thinking about Sister Simone and the message of the American nuns, I discovered the delightful and artistic English tent company Field Candy. (See images bottom of page). The tent Animal Farm immediately made me think of my beloved Baby Doll sheep on Cuttaloosa Road and the memorable moment I experienced one day watching the animals came marching out of the small barn as a band of merry revelers. Looking now, I see that Cuttalossa Farm is for sale.

Next up was the tent 10,000,000 Fireflies. They, too, are deeply rooted in my imagination and private identity. A video from the cancelled FOX show ‘Fireflies’ deeply captured my imagination and always inspires me in the fight for social justice.

The second essay shares a dream I had years ago — a dream about risk, fear of failure and ascending into the light. Thinking of all the people who have stood up for the Catholic nuns — and it’s a huge number — I just have to share the always inspiring video ‘Firefly and Serenity: Defying Gravity’.

Whenever my spirit needs a boost, I go for it. Today I share the video in honor of America’s nuns.

The Merits of Going Through Life Thinking You’re a Firefly

Slowly, consciousness returned to my sleeping brain functions. “This is impossible,” I whispered in my dream, as I floated now in a state of total awe. “I’m defying the law of gravity. I should be dead, a crumpled, bloody mess of a corpse in the cactus garden.”

My shocked, dreamstate mind regained control. Awareness and a plan of action returned to my sleeping mind. I was still in charge on my skyward journey, if I faced my fears. Looking at myself from the corner of my dream, I saw tears streaming down my face.

“Look up, Anne,” a voice told me.

Carversville, Cuttalossa Road, Cuttalossa Farm and a Peaceable Kingdom

Out of nowhere, the formation appeared … a simple, bucolic scene unfolded before my eyes that I will never forget.  I don’t remember who led the parade … probably one of the dogs, but they came two by two.

Unlike Noah’s Ark,  they were not matched pairs. The dog ambled along with the rooster; one of my precious Babydolls was frolicking with a duck…

The scene polarized me for several minutes, burning a vision of hope in my mind. It sounds so trite and overly simplistic to say this, but I remember thinking to myself: “If they can get along and have such a good time together … well, why can’t we humans do the same thing?”

These animals couldn’t be more different, but they had surmounted their differences to create unimaginable delight.

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Firefly and Serenity: Defying Gravity