Anne of Carversville & Sensuality News do not accept submissions.

Entries in Republican War on Women (73)

Thursday
Nov072013

Emily's List Membership Reaches 3 Million, a 6-Fold Increase Since The 2010 Tea Party Declaration To Put Women In Our Proper Place

We can’t resist politicizing this Fidan Martinovic editorial, lensed by Semih Kanmaz for Elle Turkey’s November issue. Stylist Irem Akalin chooses sophisticated retro elegance, a point of contrast against this boys club of all white guys. It really looks like today’s Republican Party establishment.

Republicans cay say that there is no war on women, but membership in Emily’s List, dedicated to electing pro-choice women to political office, has risen sixfold in three years, reports The Huffington Post. Not every Republican woman is running scared. But even the % of white married women voting Republican in Virginia dropped in half on Tuesday, compared to the Bob McDonald election four years ago.

A new milestone of 3 million members was hit recently by Emily’s List, compared to 500,000 when the Tea Party came to Washington and many state legislatures in 2010. Perhaps we all have spaghetti for brains, but Republicans have women running very, very scared. They can deny it all day long, but the facts speak for themselves.

Emily’s List played an influential role in the 2012 elections, one that elected a record — though still small — number of women to political office. The majority were Democrats.

Emily’s List is likely to be a key player in 2014 and already is involved in high-profile races that include Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes’ challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. The group has also has thrown its weight behind Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, the Democratic state senator who garnered national attention for her marathon filibuster against a highly restrictive abortion bill.

Huff Po says that the pro-woman biggest single boost in members came in May, when “conservative radio host Pete Santilli declared Hillary Clinton should be shot in the vagina over Benghazi.” Emily’s List says those comments led a surge of 170,000 new members as a result of Santilli’s comments.

Power to all the Smart Sensuality women around the world!!! ~ Anne

 

Click to read more ...

Tuesday
Oct152013

Madonna's SecretProjectRevolution Video Is Smart Sensuality Values Personified

Anne here, having finally just grabbed 20 minutes to watch Madonna’s SECRETPROJECTREVOLUTION video in full. It’s explosive and an ultimate Smart Sensuality women statement. Madonna speaks for me in every respect: my values and beliefs, the ones expressed at AOC since 2007.

I will write a longer essay on SECRETPROJECTREVOLUTION. Feanne weighed in last week on my blog. #SECRETPROJECTREVOLUTION lauches a larger project between Madonna and photographer/director Steven Klein #ARTFORFREEDOM. This is a movement that AOC is proud to join.

More Steven Klein

Tuesday
Jan152013

W Magazine February 2013 Probes Women's Rights in 'Heavenly Creature' Starring Cara Delevingne by Mikael Jansson

American fashion media is notoriously apolitical, making it rare to see editorials like ‘Heavenly Creatures’ coming out of W magazine, let alone American Vogue. For once, we have a Euro style intellectual commentary on real-life issues for American women, rather than the rah-rah aspirational you, too, can be Barbie if you only try hard enough. 

Photographer Mikael Jansson’s ‘Heavenly Creatures’ images of Cara Delevingne hit head-on the conflict between female sensuality and rights to exist as a free person within the Vatican’s perceived role of women in American society. W is about three years late, but I say welcome to the debate and for heavens sake, put some skin in the game, will you please!

Congressman Paul Ryan Introduced Personhood Bill Again

Just last week, Romney vice presidential candidate Congressman Paul Ryan introduced again the personhood bill into the House of Representatives. This bill equates model Cara Delevingne — or any woman standing in her place in these images — with a fertilized egg.

We are the same in Congressman Ryan’s eyes — and that of the entire Republican party. The rights of that one-celled egg and those of Cara Delevingne or any grown woman with three children and a loving husband are the same. They are identical ‘Heavenly Creatures’. 

At a time when America faces total gridlock in Washington and a Republican party threatening to start a global economic collapse unless they get their way on the debt ceiling crisis — which is only an action to pay for the bills that THEY passed — the Republican party is focused on taking away birth control for American women as a top priority. 

Most forms of birth control will be eliminated if Republicans succeed in overturning a 50-year-old Supreme Court decision on Griswold v. Connecticut which said American women are entitled to birth control as a basic right. Today, Republicans seek to turn back that decision at the behest of Catholic bishops and the Vatican who argue that birth control is a sin and women will go to hell for using it.

The Vatican and other right-wing groups want a theocracy in America — a fear that was paramount in the minds of the founding fathers, who banned Catholicism in 10 of the 13 original colonies. 

Former presidential candidate and Southern Baptist minister Micke Huckabee blames birth control -- which he calls abortion — as a reason for 20 innocent children dying in Newton, Conn. God is punishing America, argues Huckabee, Ryan and the entire Republican party who supports the personhood amendment. 

American Fashion Media Needs to Stand for Women

It’s time for American fashion media to take some lessons from Vogue’s in other countries, not only the edgy fashion press. American Vogue is behind Muslim country Vogue Turkey in it’s refusal to stand up for the real world of its citizens and not some glossy abstract of the perfect life. 

I’m thrilled with Edward Enninful’s styling vision and the entire ‘Heavenly Creatures’ team for taking on this topic about three years too late. Without saying a word, the images speak volumes and can’t be criticized by social conservatives.

Perhaps W agrees with the Vatican! In putting the topic out there for public consumption, Mikael Jansson strikes a neutral chord while entering the world of American women and transvaginal probes. 

I expect other controversy-avoiding fashion media to also stand for the hard-won rights of American women before we lose them all.

This attack plan is for real, people, and the assault on American women must stop. Anne

 

 

Click to read more ...