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Wednesday
Jan232013

First Lady Michelle Obama in Jason Wu: The Feminine Feminist Wears Red

Michelle Obama revealed enviable arms at the Inaugural Ball this past Monday where she donned a crimson Jason Wu gown, making this the second time she’s sported the designer during inauguration. The statement she made wasn’t strictly one of fashion. This family is here to stay and the gown declared as much.

Smart Sensuality Elegance in the White House

The bold color choice is an effortless effect for Obama who pulls off brights beautifully. The floor sweeping Jason Wu gown catches the light in its multi dimensional, devore velvet. It’s pattern is subtle but the effect is undeniable. Her toned arms, back and shoulders are highlighted, creating a charming duality between the strength of her physique and the softness of the dress.

The gown is an impressive feat for the designer, whose career she is said to have launched when she wore a custom-made, white, one-shouldered Wu creation during the first inaugural ball. With this dress, Michelle Obama seems to be making another statement: America’s first lady is proud of herself and her husband — and isn’t afraid to show it.

There’s some clamor around the gown being “Nancy Reagan Red,” a throw back to the smacking red coat and hat combination that cast Ronald Reagan in a dark shadow during the 1981 inauguration. But what Nancy’s structured, conservative and famously expensive outfit choices did that Michelle’s choices do not is separate her from the people.

A known fashion fanatic, Nancy Reagan amassed dresses, gowns and suits from luxury designers, often accepting them as gifts without footing the bill. Michelle inserts relatable hints of real-women’s fashion into her wardrobe such as the $40 burgundy J-Crew gloves she paired with a Tom Brown coat at the Inaugural Parade that are now flying off the shelves of J-Crew stores across America.

First Lady, First Mother, First Lawyer and Hospital Executive

Obama’s bold fashion choices draw criticism from some crowds. She is a lawyer, mother, wife and the first African American first lady in America. Should we be paying so much attention to what she wears? Should she be so focused on her fashion choices?

The truth is every first lady makes a statement with the things she says, the causes she backs and, unavoidably, the way she dresses. Obama’s peers of the past who have decided to shy away risk losing their legacy.

We remember Jackie Kennedy through her style, just as Michelle Obama will be immortalized for hers. It’s easy to think of this as shallow, but consider: Here in America we hold tight to the idea that substance and style have to occupy separate spaces while other cultures embrace this notion. How you present yourself is a form of expression, one that can say as much about a person as the words they write.

While fashion can at times be frivolous as trends are born and live their short lives season to season, style is about consistency. Women of substance can simultaneously care about fashion as a form of self expression.

The style strategy of Smart Sensuality women isn’t exclusive to women of the White House. Style is a language that women should be encouraged to be literate in — not ashamed of or apologetic about. Regardless of which side of the fence you stand on, there’s no denying that people notice clothing choices. Let’s learn from Michelle Obama and make our statements bold, optimistic and unquestioned. ~ Nomi D Leasure

“Nomi Leasure is the newest addition to the Anne of Carversville enterprise. Currently she studies Broadcast Communications and Writing at Temple University. A feminist before she even knew it, Nomi embodies the mission of the website and feels a personal connection to the values reflected here. She hopes her young, unforgiving and, at times, naive perspective will find a home in this viewership. Though not well versed in the language of high fashion, she is quickly learning and drawing connections between body image, sensuality, values and style. You can still be feminine and be a feminist.”  

Wednesday
Nov142012

Tesla's S Model Named Motortrends Car of the Year, Defying Romney's Tesla Is A 'Loser' Debate Comment

Friday
Nov092012

Romney Lost Because He Wasn't Tough Enough on Abortion Say Social Conservatives As Women Flee GOP

Pundits say the Republican party needs a period of deep inner reflection, but anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser will hear none of it. In quotes that are utterly preposterous at this point, Dannenfelser ignored election results and the reality that of SBA List’s six candidates for senate, five went down in defeat.

Why did Romney lose with an unyielding backlash among women voters to the Republican War on Women? Dannenfelser says that Romney made a “strategic error” in not taking a stronger stand against abortion. Seriously, this woman is living on a tuffet on a teapot somewhere in Oz.

“Voters overwhelmingly disagree with the extreme positions on abortion taken by President Obama and the Democrats. Mitt Romney, the Republican Party, and their Super PAC allies never highlighted this vulnerability, despite the fact that our polling of likely swing voters revealed it to be a persuasive line of argument. What was presented as discipline by the Romney campaign by staying on one message — the economy — was a strategic error that resulted in a winning margin of pro-life votes being left on the table.”

More  Lady Parts Election News

The War on Women Backfires The Daily Beast

‘War on women’ victory, or just a skirmish won? Philadelphia Inquirer

According to exit polls conducted for the AP and TV networks, 59 percent of voters said abortion should be legal either in all or most cases, while 36 percent said it should be illegal all or most of the time.

Column: Republicans’ culture war Lost USA Today

“If Republicans are smart, they will realize that the culture war just isn’t working out for them any longer. ” Alas, there is no evidence that Republicans will be smart and lighten up on women and gays. 

“After decades of rewarding Republicans with votes for their scare-mongering over abortion and homosexuality, voters finally turned to social conservatives and said, “Enough.”’ writes USA Today. From my pov, the culture wars are God’s war in America.

To say the culture wars are over is arguing that America’s Catholic bishops are ready to give up the control of women’s bodies in America. Trust me — it isn’t so. On our side of the equation, American women are highly motivated coming out of Tuesday’s election, gearing up to extend this fight for women’s freedoms in America.

2013 may not be an election year. Yet, all hell could break lose in this battle for women’s bodies.

I consider myself to be an emerging leader in this revitalized women’s movement. All I can say is: Game On, Gentlemen! ~ Anne