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Thursday
Feb142013

Stand with V-Day 1 Billion Rising To Stop the Violence Against Women | Battered Skulls Reveal Violence Against Stone Age Women

 

Lovefest: Kiss Me! on Nowness.com.

Luscious enamel lips, silver bangles and a coy Formasetti mistress all fall under the lens of Lionel Koretzky in his fetishistic new short, Kiss Me! The renowned French fashion photographer took Henri-Georges Couzot’s test shots of Romy Schneider ahead of L’Enfer and Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin’s classic provocative composition as a starting point for the sensual feature, which overlays the passion of real-life couples with the sparkle of jewelry from leading designers like Christian Dior, Solange Azagury-Partridge and Bernard Delettrez. “The sound is my narration somehow,” explains Koretzky of the steamy soundtrack. “I used the images for the very visual, aesthetic part and I used the sound for the realness—the drama and the story itself.” Brooklyn-based Koretzky, known for his still-life photographs for brands such as Hermès, Cartier and Louis Vuitton, first broke into film using the rhythmic footwork of a tap dancer to showcase a fragrance from Comme des Garçons. Obtaining the audio for today’s film proved a little more awkward, after the director charged himself with gathering recordings of couples in his neighborhood. “We had a recorder that we passed on to people,” Koretzky explains. “I drove, I dropped it at their doorstep and picked it up the next morning. It could have been a movie in itself.”

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Maryna Linchuk’s Popsicle Tricks for 25 MAGAZINE S/S 2013 by Victor Demarchelier

The second issue opens with a quote from performance artist Marina Abramovic: “Sexual energy is the source of creation”. This factoid has been the premise of Anne of Carversvillefrom day 1. And now it’s the premise of our GlamTribale jewelry and gift collection. 

Anja Rubik writes in her editor’s letter for the second issue titled “A Woman Is Present”:

For me, starting this magazine has helped me channel the kind of sexual energy I find every woman to possess… The media operates on a paradox—it’s no secret—where selling the notion of unobtainable beauty is allowed, while portraits of women just being women are simultaneously shunned. However, I still want to continue pushing the boundaries of what a female fashion magazine can be.

Is Marc Jacobs Defying Obesity Science Promoting Diet Coke?

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I want to compliment my friend Soraya Chemaly on her article ‘The Pope, Pregnant Children and Violence Against Grls and Women”. Today we stand for Eve Ensler’s V-Day to stop the violence against women.

I agree with Soraya that a huge problem for young women — often mere girls — is the Catholic Church’s insistence on compulsory pregnancy. On Monday Pope Benedict made age an issue in his ability to handle life obligations as Pope… Dear Soraya picks up the story in this insightful quote: 

The Pope’s rationale is that his “age means he lacks strength to do job.” You could use the exact words to describe the nine-year old girl whose family the Pope excommunicated for having a life-saving abortion after being raped and impregnated, with twins. It seems to me that her age meant she lacked strength to do the job, too. Actually, the job would have killed her. These things happen. She and 16 million other pregnant adolescent girls a year, two million of whom are under age 15, strike me as 16 million good #reasonstorise.”

As does this girl: last Thursday a friend posted a story on Facebook, ”Dafne, 9-Year-Old Girl, Gives Birth To Baby Girl In Mexico.” Millions read and shared it over the weekend.  The link appeared with this caption: “The girl reportedly delivered a 5.7 pound baby by Caesarian section on January 27. She was 8-years old when she became pregnant.” Picky, picky feminist wordsmithy me thinks the caption should read, “The girl underwent a dangerous Caesarian surgery to delivery a 5.7 pound baby on January 27. She was 8-years old when a 17-year old boy forcibly inseminated her.”  Eight-year olds cannot consent to sex. They also cannot consent to having contraceptives implanted in their arms, but that’s now happened too. Just in case she gets ideas. On the same day, by coincidence, a 12-year old in Argentinagave birth to twins after she “fell pregnant.” Like she tripped by accident. 

While nine is very young, girls this age having babies is not as rare as we’d like to think. The United States has more “teen” births than any industrialized nation, including girls as young as 10,  and our rates have been climbing.  However, 95 percent of teen births take place in poorer countries. According to W.H.O., “Half of all adolescent births occur in just seven countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, India, Nigeria and the United States.” Many girls die because they do not have control over their bodies and their own reproduction.

Read on at RH Reality Check. 

 

Sunday
Jun032012

Helen Alvaré Is Leading Catholic Anti-Contraception Voice | Interdependence vs Attachment in Marriage

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Helen Alvaré is a law professor at George Mason University, an advisor to Pope Benedict XVI’s Pontifical Council for the Laity and a former spokesperson for and current advisor to the US Conference of Bishops.

Professor Alvaré is a fellow at the conservative Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey, where she focuses on issues of “conscience”.  She is one of the “circle of experts” for the National Organization for Marriage’s Ruth Institute, which aims to shape public opinion on college campuses and elsewhere about “marriage as the proper context for sex and childrearing,” writes Sarah Posner, senior editor of Religion Dispatches, for Salon.

The accomplished mother has now positioned herself as the leading female voice against birth control, authoring an open letter to the Obama administration ‘Women Speak for Themselves’.

Vatican Scandal Continues

Pope Benedict’s butler may be under arrest but fresh letters suggest that the scandal is not over.

Three new Vatican documents were sent to ‘La Repubblica’, amidst denials in the Holy See that top clerics are orchestrating multiple informers. AP writes:

“The truth can be found at the top of the hierarchy,” the source said in a letter accompanying the documents, apparently accusing one of Pope Benedict XVI’s personal secretaries, Georg Gaenswein, of allowing secrets to slip out.

The documents reveal deep strife within the Vatican and furor over the Church’s tax problems, child sex scandals and negotiations with hard line traditionalist rebels. A group of cardinals finds Pope Benedict to be weak, continues AP, and they want their man in charge. Besides Mr. Gaenswein, the sources point to Cardinal Bertone as part of the problem.

Interdependence vs Attachment

Psychologist David Schnarch is a pioneer in the movement of redefining intimacy in long-term relationships and reinvesting marriage with passion that often fades. “It’s easy to have hot sex with a stranger,” Schnarch explains to Pam Weintraub, writing for Psychology Today. “But passionate marriage requires that you become an adult.”

Becoming an authentic adult means going against the whole drift of the culture. It specifically means, among other things, soothing your own bad feelings without the help of another, pursuing your own goals, and standing on your own two feet. Most people associate such skills with singlehood. But Schnarch finds that marriage can’t succeed unless we claim our sense of self in the presence of another. The resulting growth turns right around and fuels the marriage, enabling passionate sex. And it pays wide-ranging dividends in domains from friendship to creativity to work.

Schnarch rejects what he sees as our culture’s over-emphasis on attachment, arguing that it reduces marriage to the pursuit of safety, security and compensation for childhood disappointments. Attachment keeps us from growing up, from pursuing essential drives for autonomy and freedom.

Interpendence that is based on mutual maturity, confidence and freedoms to grow is the cement of strong marriages, Schnarch argues. It inspires confidence to meet individual goals and those of others and is based on adult strengths that are flexible and balanced in equilibrium.

DOMA Struck Down

In striking down part of the Defense of Marriage Act last week, Boston’s First Circuit United States Court of Appeals didn’t rule in favor of gay marriage. The ruling marked the first time a federal court ruled against the 1996 law, guaranteeing a trip to the Supreme Court. The three-judge panel includes two Republican appointments. Read on at the NY Times

Friday
May252012

Fiscal Plunge of New York Times Financial Fortunes | Will Chaos at Vatican Make A Pink Smoke Bonfire?

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Photo: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty (Sulzberger, Robinson); Christopher Anderson/Magnum Photos/New York Magazine (all backgrounds). Illustration by John Ritter.In an astounding new low for American journalism, Fox News top guy Roger Ailes called New York Times reporters a “lying bunch of scum” and the Times itself a “cess pool of bias” in a speech to journalism students at Ohio University last week.

Clearly, those comments hit way below the belt — a real kick in the balls if you will — coming at Ochs-Sulzberger family members who control the New York Times and chairman/publisher Arthur Sulzberger, who leads the organization. 

Joe Hagan’s New York Magazine in-depth expose on the New York Times organization is more gentile but equally high-impact.

At the center of Hagan’s story is former Times CEO Janet Robinson who abruptly left the organization last December with a $24 million payout that represented half the company’s dismal profits for 2011. Writing ‘A New York Times Whodunnit’, this in-depth piece interviews more than 30 people intimately familiar with the Times business, but always off the record.

Who slew Times CEO Janet Robinson? Was it Arthur Sulzberger’s new girl friend? The advertising market? The frustrated web guru? Or the ambitious Sulzberger cousin?

It’s impossible to ignore the romantic entanglements: Robinson and Sulzberger as the platonic power couple ‘married’ to the Times empire. Yet the publisher was ‘available’ after separating from his wife in 2008.

When Sulzberger met Claudia Gonzalez, he fell hard and remains a man very much in love, writes Hagan. In the midst of Janet Robinson’s fall publicity tour to promote the Times, Capital New York picked up a story on the new romance from Mexico’s Quién calling Gonzalez “the Mexican woman who moves the New York Times.

Writing about Robinson, Hagan writes a not so pretty picture, saying that she earned a reputation for “ruthlessness” and pushing out anyone who was disloyal. 

By 1999, one of Robinson’s most trusted protégés was a woman named Jyll Holzman, whom she had plucked from the magazine world and elevated to senior vice-president for advertising  … During a period of tension between the newsroom and the advertising division, the Times’ then–deputy managing editor, John Geddes, represented the news and Holzman the advertising side. Robinson believed Holzman was championing their cause—until she discovered that Holzman had begun dating Geddes.

In a stunning admission of just how financially unsuccessful the Times organization has become uner the Robinson-Sulzberger union, the once wide-ranging media empire of newspapers, TV stations, websites and a baseball team worth almost $7 billion is now two newspapers and a website valued at less than $1 billion. 

It almost makes one nervous that family members could vote a buyout by Ruperb Murdoch, if the price is high enough.

FRN Pope Under Pressure

Paolo Gabriele rides in the “Popemobile” with Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter’s Square in March 2011. via CNNVatican Denies Cardinal in Heist

CNN reports today that Pope Benedict XVI’s spokesman denied today that a cardinal or a woman were being investigated for potentially devasting leaks, along with the pope’s butler Paolo Gabriele, who remains “imprisoned” at the Vatican and formally charged with “aggravated theft for allegedly stealing private documents.”

Last month, the Vatican gave Cardinal Julian Herranz a “pontifical mandate” to uncover the source of hundreds of personal letters and confidential documents that have been released to Gianluigi Nuzzi, an Italian journalist and author of “Sua Santita,” a book that translates to “His Holiness” and includes the documents.

National Catholic Reporter reports that Vatican Bank president Ettore Gotti Tedeschi resigned last week. Tedeschi, along with the bank’s general director Paolo Cipriani has been under investigation for alleged money laundering.

Nuns Convene in DC

Women march in support of Catholic nuns Wednesday near St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York via CNNAmerica’s largest group of Catholic nuns will meet for three days in Washington this week to draft a response to the Vatican’s reprimand that they group embraces “radical feminist themes.’

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious “plans to move slowly, not rushing to judgment” when the group’s 21-member board meets Tuesday, writes CNN

“The board will conduct its meeting in an atmosphere of prayer, contemplation and dialogue and will develop a plan to involve LCWR membership in similar processes,” the group said in a statement. “We will engage in dialogue where possible and be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit. We ask your prayer for us and for the Church in this critical time.”

It’s expected that there will be no major announcements this week. Rather the sisters are expected to prepare a plan that will be reviewed by their entire membership in August.

CNN senior Vatican analyst and senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter John Allen says the nuns could do one of three options this week: they could go along with the Vatican’s demands; they might offer to work and negotiate with the Vatican in an effort to promote dialogue or the nuns coud say “we’re not going to play ball and we’re going to walk away.”

The last option would involve disbanding the LCWR.

Pink Smoke Over the Vatican

The documentary Pink Smoke Over the Vatican (featured above) will screen June 2, 2012 in Lexington, Ky;June 7, 2012 in Albany, NY and June 22 in Fort Worth, Texas.

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