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Kurdish Women Fighters In Syria Say ISIS Fears Women Soldiers So Much They Shake

Eye 9-20-14 | Angelina Jolie To Direct ‘Africa’ | ‘I Am Eleven’ Documentary | Are Conservatives Happier In Liberal Countries?

Eye 9-17-14 | US Poverty & Child Development | Stella McCartney’s Green Carpet Collection

Eye 9-15-14 Richard Branson’s Unfulfilled Energy Pledge | G-Spot Science | Malala’s Attackers Arrested.

Eye 4-9-14 Violence Against Women | Scalia & Women’s Rights | Matrilineal Mawlynnong

Eye 9-8-14 | Clintons For Elephants | Organized Crime Deep In Ivory Trade | Clooney & Alamuddin Will Wed In Venice

Eye 9/6/14 | Fast Food & Depression | Global Cool Neighborhoods | Liu Wen

Eye 9/3/14 | Dr. Patricia Wright’s Lemurs | Low Carb Diet | Spinach Aids Weight Control

Eye 8/31/14: Global Warming | New Tesla Electric Battery | Elephant Slaughter

Eye 8/29/14 Women In Tech Abrasive | Shakira Pregnant | Abortions At Home

Eye 8/27/14: Beyonce’s Feminism, Moms Against NRA, Women Newscasters, Kurdish Women Soldiers Face ISIS

Eye 8/26/14 SunGlacier | Windowless Jumbo jets | What Is Plagiarism

Eye: Nicer Future | Cathy Horn | Women’s Wages | Marley Coffee

Sheryl Sandberg & Getty Images Reboot Stock Photos Portrayal of Women

Pubic Hair Is Back, Announces The New York Times

Eniko Mihalik By Diego Uchitel Returns Anne To Vietnam & Reflections On The Heart Of Darkness

Chantal Thomass, Red Wine Is More Sensual Than Coca-Cola Light

Dasha Zhukova’s BDSM Throne Bashing Is Well Deserved

Abigail Disney Defends Meryl Streep’s Calling Walt Disney A ‘Gender Bigot

Aerie Lingerie Launches ‘The Real You Is Sexy’ Campaign

To Be Better Understood, Anne Learned To Do Serious Uptalk

Karolina Kurkova’s Pursuit Of Supermodel Status | Fashion Activism & Smart Sensuality Women

ForbesWoman Calls 2014 A Breakout Year For Women Entrepreneurs | Maria Shriver Reports On Poor Women in America

Zambia’s First Lady Dr Christine Kaseba-Sata Stuns By Speaking On Behalf Of Gays | God Loves Uganda Documentary

Religion’s Evolution Divide Deepens Between Republicans & Democrats | Phil Robertson Promotes Marrying Girls Young

Paul de Luna’s ‘Samsara’: Returning The Sacred Feminine To Her Historical Place Of Honor Will Help Save The World

Master Builder’s pdate: UAE’s ‘Organic Cities’ By Luca Curci; Wired Looks At Masdar City

TED Talk: Boyd Varty On ‘Ubuntu’, Nelson Mandela & The Londolozi Game Reserve

American Nuns Hold Tight To Social Activism As Pope Francis Offers Hope of SOME Change In Their Voice

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Saturday
Jun092012

In America's 13 Colonies, Catholic Bishops Had Little Religious Freedom | 'Documenta' Opens in Kassel, Germany

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About 200 people rallied in Philadelphia on Friday, demanding that the federal government stop what they perceive to be “morally offensive” health-care regulations. The protest — part of 150 rallies in America yesterday under the banner “Stand Up for Religious Freedom” — had symbolic meaning due to its location at Independence Hall, home of the Liberty Bell.

America’s Catholic bishops seek to define religious freedom as a series of right that permit them to reject a wide range of civic and government-protected liberties. Increasingly, the bishops demand a form of national theocracy, one that subordinates the rights of citizens and in particular, women citizens.

At issue yesterday is the Obama contraception mandate compromise, a decision that has ripped the Catholic Church in two.

Catholics stood proudly yesterday, embracing the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia as their symbol of religious freedom. In fact, when America was founded, Catholics were a tiny minority in the original 13 colonies. The first federal census of 1790 found America to have 3,939,000 citizens, with about 25,000 Catholics in residence.

In all but three of the original 13 original colonies, “Catholics were the subject of penal measures of one kind or another”,  writes Dr. Marian T. Horvat.

British settlers had no love of the Catholic Church in the least, fearing the very kind of theocracy in America that the Catholic bishops now propose. A theocracy is NOT what the founding fathers had in mind for America. Most of them were deists, believing in a more abstract infusion of spirituality throughout the universe. Turning to the 2010 book ‘America’s Four God’, the founding fathers believed in god #4.

‘Documenta’ in Kassel, Germany

The Daily Beast author Blake Gopnik writes that Kassel, Germany makes Peoria seem like Paris. The city may be no great shakes, but twice a decade for the past 57 years, Kassel’s Documenta festival is home to the world’s culturati.

This edition’s creative director is American Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, who has worked mostly in Europe, has a passion for apples. Writes Gopnik:

For me, knowledge of Documenta’s world begins, as it should, with an apple. Or rather 372 of them, of every variety, meticulously drawn over many decades by a German priest and activist named Korbinian Aigner, who bred fruit while interned by the Nazis at Dachau. Packed onto two walls at Documenta, this nonartist’s apples, drawn in color and pretty much at life size, stand for artistry at the service of fact, a crucial constellation in Christov-Bakargiev’s cosmos.

The curator’s apple obsession, expresses itself in a bottle of apple juice offered to the press free of charge, inscribed with her name as its creator and with an allegorical label by the American artist Jimmie Durham.

The tart significance of said apple label isn’t lost on us at AOC. After all, in Latin the word apple means evil. Read on in AOC Sensual Rebel:Mysteries of the Garden of Eden’ | History Channel | In Latin Apple Means Evil.

Friday
Jun082012

Does Erykah Badu 'Flaming Lips' Video Speak A Universal Truth? | A Hustle Is A Hustle

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Erykah Badu, ‘The Flaming Lips’

At AOC we’re thinking carefully and closely about Erykah Badu’s dramatic and unsettling video with Wayne Coyne, a video that Erykah says violated the vision laid out to her and also one that was released with getting her approval on either the images of the lyrics, in a violation of her contract. Wayne Coyne doesn’t disagree.

In a long Facebook post, referenced by Think Progress, Erykah writes:

You showed me a concept of beautiful tasteful imagery( by way of vid text messages). I trusted that. I was mistaken…You begged me to sit in a tub of that other shit and I said naw. I refused to sit in any liquid that was not water. But Out of RESPECT for you and the artist you ‘appear’ to be, I Didn’t wanna kill your concept , wanted u to at least get it out of your head . After all, u spent your dough on studio , trip to Dallas etc.. Sooo, I invited Nayrok , my lil sis and artist, who is much more liberal ,to be subject of those other disturbing (to me ) scenes .

In terms of its artistry, I feel an honesty in the video that transcends the prurient interests of the Penthouse, Hustler crowd. The undercurrent of bloody, historical violence, rape and assault against black women comes through loud and clear with Wayne Coyne’s visuals and other sound effects.

The video is honest in terms of its confrontation. There is extreme beauty in Erykah Badu’s body and how she uses it in water. And there is violence and the suggestion of a participatory submission. Yes, that is unsettling but I lived through this unsettling issue of female submission last fall with a young woman I was ‘sponsoring’ artistically.

Watching her female vision move into the direction of submission and bondage — while she blamed feminism for the problems between men and women — I, too, felt violated. Of course I supported this young woman exercising her artistic rights, but when I am committed to ending the flogging of 40,000 women a year in Sudan, how could she promote this vision of the natural submission of women in my digital house. Now she’s into Japanese rope bondage, leaving me finished with her artistry for good.

I’m inspired to think further and write more on ‘The Flaming Lips’. There’s a truthfulness to this video that is searing.  ~Anne

A Hustle Is A Hustle

For Sister Margaret Farley Responsible Pleasure Is Not a Sin AOC Sensual Rebel

I understand the deep provocation of Erykah Badu’s controversial video and the juxtaposition of my Sensual Rebel column from yesterday.

Regular Sensual Rebel readers know that I suffered deep pain this winter, trying to help a Cathlic monk and his mission in Massachusetts. After warning him repeatedly that our collaboration would never fly, I agreed to write our 2 Ps in a Pod blog and promote his skin cream. The experience was devastating on every possible level for me, as I was judged by members of his flock and finally thrown completely onto the street by possible investors as a harlot. I can only say that I hope he got his money.

 …  Bro. Dennis asked me to remember him in my will a couple weeks after we began talking. I found that odd — given the small time we had known each other.  He told me I was like a true sister, a woman like so few he had known in life — and I believed his words because they were the first kind words about me from the Catholic boys club in decades. It’s been all downhill for me since Father Ben sided with the sexual predator who violated me as a young woman, and denied me communion as punishment for my sins.

At the end of the day, I was hustled and preyed upon by Bro. Dennis just as Badu says she was hustled. She participated in her hustle, as I participated in mine. Being artists, we seek men we can believe in. Often, the mission goes dreadfully wrong — yet there is a lesson there for learning. ~ Anne

Tuesday
Jun052012

Morning After Pill Probably Not An Abortive Pill | HBS Study Has Terrible News On American Business

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Patricia Wall/The New York TimesIn an absolutely stunning article in the New York Times, the headline says it all: Abortion Qualms on Morning-After Pill May Be Unfounded. Medical authorities from the National Institutes of Health to the Mayo Clinic say that the morning-after pills may work by blocking fertilized eggs from implanting in a woman’s uterus.

That scientific process is sufficient to have conservative politicians and some religious groups pushing legislation all over America that bans the sale of emergency contraception, calling the pills abortive pills. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney calls them “abortive pills’ as do Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum.

The New York Times has undertaken an investigation of the science around the morning after pill, writing that there is no evidence that emergency contraceptive pills prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in the womb. Perhaps the morning after pill is confused with RU-486, a medication prescribed for terminating pregnancies, that does destroy an embryo.

After The Times asked about this issue, A.D.A.M., the firm that writes medical entries for the National Institutes of Health Web site, deleted passages suggesting emergency contraceptives could disrupt implantation. The Times, which uses A.D.A.M.’s content on its health Web page, updated its site. The medical editor in chief of the Web site for the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Roger W. Harms, said “we are champing at the bit” to revise the entry if the Food and Drug Administration changes labels or other agencies make official pronouncements.

“These medications are there to prevent or delay ovulation,” said Dr. Petra M. Casey, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Mayo. “They don’t act after fertilization.”

Rather, the pills delay ovulation, the release of eggs from ovaries that occurs before eggs are fertilized, and some pills also thicken cervical mucus so sperm have trouble swimming.

At the end of this exhaustive article on the history of the morning after pill, Jonathan Imbody, vice president of government relations for the Christian Medical Association, wrote on LifeNews.com, that the fact sheets contradict Plan B’s alleged abortion-inducing nature, raising questions about “whether ideological considerations are driving these decisions.”

Declining US Competitiveness

A study of about 10,000 global-residing alumni of the Harvard Business Study shows a troubling forecast for US competitiveness. Only 9 percent of alumni said they would consider moving existing business activities from another country into the US.

The greatest areas where America has fallen seriously behind the rest of the world were 1) Effectiveness of political system; 2) K-12 education system; and 3) Complexity of tax code.

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First Pals

Just in case One Million Moms doesn’t understand clearly that JC Penney is firmly entrenched behind spokeswoman Ellen DeGeneres despite their cries that Ellen is unacceptable for being gay, the company shares its Father’s Day ad.

It reads: “What makes Dad so cool? He’s the swim coach, tent maker, best friend, bike fixer and hug giver — all rolled into one. Or two. Real-life dads, Todd Koch and Cooper Smith with their children Claire and Mason.”