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Saturday
Aug182012

Fashion's Hippie Love Trend Is Tied To Womanly Cultural Creative Values 

Left: Abby Brothers | Zoey Grossman | Novella Royale August 2012 | Vintage Collection III

Right: Kate King | Emma Tempest | Dansk #28 F/W 2012 | Garb of the Groupie

 

Fall 2012 fashion is having a Hippie Luxe moment. 70’s references abound and we fully expect to see Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix appear any moment.

Cultural Creatives Movement

Cultural Creatives Now 35% of US | 10% in Transition AOC New Day

Cultural Creatives often describe themselves as ‘bridge people’ between the Traditionals and Moderns, ‘trying to make a ‘cultural synthesis’ that moves the world beyond its polarized opposites. This subset of global-thinking people first emerged in the sixties and is 65% women.

The core values of Cultural Creatives remain:

  • Ecological sustainability
  • Enjoying exposure to foreign ideas and culture
  • Concern about women and children worldwide
  • Priority of health care and education
  • Desire to rebuild neighborhoods and community
  • Improving neighborhoods and community
  • Emphasis on creating caring relationships and family life
  • Social conscience and demand for authenticity
  • Guarded social optimism
  • Emphasis on altruism, self-actualization and spirituality as a single complex of values.

In the 1995 study, Cultural Creatives were 23.6% of US adults. By 1999 they had increased to 26%. 

An addition to the new 2008 research is a new group called the Transitionals, representing 10% of Americans. 

The current US breakdown in Dr. Ray’s research is:

Moderns 39.7%

Cultural Creatives 34.9%

Traditionals 15.4%

Transitionals 10.1%

Hope Springs Eternal

Hope Springs Eternal for a Better World in My Summer of Love (Aug 2007) AOC New Day

I attach transcendental meaning to every form of light show: white lights on bridges, lit windows in skyscrapers, fireflies in my garden.

In my twenties, my husband’s brother produced a marvelous breast sculpture a pulsating piece of female anatomy, featured in a Lincoln Center Salvador Dali moment. It offered endless hours of kaleidoscopic, lightshow effects, and transformed our ordinary Brooklyn apartment into a posh night club …

Much of the Whitney (Summer of Love) art was created under hallucinogenic influence of LSD, a fantasy-inducing drug that challenges our perception of reality with merging shapes, forms and colors that aren’t “real”.

Vivid, red geraniums aren’t actually visible on a dark, cloud-covered summer night, but one could probably pass a lie-detector test insisting that they were visible at 3am in full-crimson splendor, defying science in all their glory.

My Carversville flowers didn’t glow in the dark last night, and for one brief moment, I realized that forward-looking me wanted a supernatural, spiritual, acid-like experience with this heavily-promoted, healthy, heavenly light show. Read on

Wednesday
Aug152012

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

AOC Private Studio

Ageless, sensual fashion editorials

Doutzen Kroes | Mario Sorrenti | Vogue Paris August 2012

French Roast News

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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City/country fashion editorials/living with style

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

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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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Ageless, sensual fashion editorials

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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.

AOC Style

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.

Sensuality News Living

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.