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Friday
Oct102014

Angelina Jolie Honored With DCMG By Queen Elizabeth For Work To Stop Violence Against Women

Anne of Carversville’s founding muse Angelina Jolie received a wonderful honor at Buckingham Palace today, making her the consummate Smart Sensuality woman — smart, sexy and with great heart.

Queen Elizabeth awarded Jolie the Insignia of an Honory Dame Grand Cross of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George. “The DCMG honour is in recognition of her campaigning against rape in war zones and services to UK foreign policy,” writes the Daily Mail.

Jolie’s long-standing campaign for women culminated in a landmark international G8 summit held in London in April 2011, in which Jolie joined British Foreign Secretary William Hague (pictured with Jolie and husband Brad Pitt below) Listen to Jolie’s speech here.

Hague and Jolie announced a USD 35.4 million international agreement for action against sexual violence in war zone. 

“Our goal must be a world in which it is inconceivable that thousands of women, children and men can be raped in the course of a conflict, because an international framework of deterrence and accountability makes it impossible,” Hague told his fellow G8 foreign ministers from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the US in the run-up to the annual summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland in June.

It’s high unusual for the oward to be bestowed on an American and at the young age of 39. Jolie cannot use the word ‘Dame’ as part of her name, although she is allowed to use the initials DCMG after her name. Her audience with Queen Elizabeth was private, but husband Brad Pitt and their six children met the queen afterwards.

Wednesday
Sep112013

jd Forte's 'The Up and Comers' & A September 11 Women's Rights Reflection

Fur and fur throws all by ADRIENNE LANDAU

It’s a first for Anne of Carversville to feature a bevy of beautiful, fresh face models in our pages. And no — it’s not a trend but a unique moment.

Quite simply, photographer jd Forte’s images are masterpieces that must be celebrated for their beauty and craft. Models.com features these fresh faces representing “a constant stream of exciting new talent making their mark on the industry.”

These young women represent a stylish fantasy that won’t change in the near future. Do we see uniqueness or banality? I let you be the judge. My senses are saturated with beauty and elegance, always celebrated on my websites.

Alicia / New York Model Management
Anita Ligic / Women Management
Kama / DNA Models
Karolina Marczyk / Elite
Kate Goodling / Ford Models
Kwak Ji Young / Wilhelmina New York
Kyra Green / IMG
Laura O’Grady / Supreme Management
Michelle C. / One Management
Nadja Giramata / Trump Management
Ona / Fusion Models
Paiz Sloane / Next Models NY
Yue Ning / Marilyn Agency

These politically incorrect images of young women swathed in fur ignite the passions of PETA supporters — and I myself would not wear fur. Yet I know well the sumptuous feeling of sleeping naked under a fur coat, and for me, these women are warrior goddesses ready to change the world.This is my advantage as a storyteller.

I also know that PETA distorted scientific research facts last week, according to the author of the quoted research, threatening pregnant women with the fear that their male children will be born with smaller penises if chicken is in her diet. Goddess forbid! From PETA’s perspective, the end probably justifies the means.

Fashion is a messy business, increasingly in pursuit of sweet young things without womanly bodies, young women willing to eat soaked cotton balls to be thin enough for the runways. AOC has a long and loud voice, pushing back against the downsizing of the 90s supermodels, fierce personalities with size 4-6 bodies attainable by a quarter of American women if we watch our diets and exercise. The vast majority of women of any age can’t achieve the bodies of today’s models, no matter how hard we try.

We are complicit, of course, in our own imprisonment. As the very grounded, healthy body top model Doutzen Kroes said in her recent Telegraph interview, she posts natural, no makeup images of herself on Instagram, but her fans don’t particularly like them. Her tribe prefers her as a dolled-up fantasy.

Cameron Russell gave a refreshing 2012 TED Talk, asking aspiring young models why in the world they want to sign up to a life of insecurity, rejection and judgement.

Models Wearing Fur Is Bad Compared To What?

There are those who will judge me for putting fresh face young models on the pages of AOC. Will I next layer in our first story of a woman lawyer flogged in Sudan for inappropriate dress? Or will I post two more ‘vanilla’ articles, so that when this AOC front page shows three articles, her story of being brutalized by the government of Sudan isn’t reduced in any way by the alleged vulgarity of Western morals and culture?

Managing AOC’s content placement is a constant source of concern for me. Read on.

Fur and fur throws all by ADRIENNE LANDAU

 

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Sunday
Jul072013

Jimmy Carter Cites 'Misguided Doctrines Of Male Superiority' In Religion's Role In Women's Oppression

1.Ultra-Orthodox Jews already serving in the military are considered insects within their own community, labeled as writes the New York Times.

“Comics-style posters have appeared in recent weeks on billboards across ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods nationwide portraying those soldiers, who volunteered under programs meant to attract Haredim, as fat, bearded, gun-toting caricatures in uniform snatching terrified Haredi children off the streets.”

Ultra-Orthodox Jews don’t work either, living off the generosity of the Israeli people, with their argument that secular life contaminates them. The new law calls for mandatory Haredi enlistment by 2017, except for 1,800 Torah prodigies. Enlistment in the military can be deferred until age 21, but imprisonment is required for those who refuse to serve, writes the Jerusalem Post.

2. Protesters in Chile have revived the debate over abortion in the case of an 11-year-old Chilean girl now pregnant after being raped repeatedly by her mother’s partner. Abortion is not permitted in Chile under any circumstances, even though the girl’s health is at serious risk if she is required to bear the child.

The penalty for having an abortion is 5 to 10 years in prison, with doctors facing up to 15 years in prison. It’s hoped that a re-election of former Chilean president Michele Bachelet this November could impact a future exception for rape and incest in Chile’s abortion law. Having served as head of UN Women (United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women), Bachelet supports this exception. The long-time advocate of children’s education also promises to invest 3% of the country’s GDP, or $8 billion in education for the country in which only 65% of people finish high school.

3. The outspoken former US president Jimmy Carter hosted representatives from 15 countries at The Carter Center this week, as part of his Mobilizing Faith for Women event. Carter is a long-time advocate for the position that religious leaders, including those in Christianity and Islam, share the blame for the mistreatment of women throughout the world.

Citing religious authorities who embrace “misguided doctrines of male superiority”, Carter said that these “theologically indefensible” doctrines contribute to “a political, social and economic structure where political leaders passively accept violence against women, a worldwide sex slave trade and inequality in the workplace and classroom.”

Carter is a lifelong Baptist who famously withdrew from the Southern Baptist Convention over the issue of women’s equality. He argues that the subordination of women is “directly contrary to the basic premises of every great religion.”

4. British art collector Charles Saatchi has confirmed that he and wife Nigella Lawson are divorcing. Saatchi calls the decision to divorce Lawson “heartbreaking” in comments to London’s Mail. “I feel that I have clearly been a disappointment to Nigella during the last year or so, and I am disappointed that she was advised to make no public comment to explain that I abhor violence of any kind against women, and have never abused her physically in any way.”

The couple separated after Saatchi was seen clutching his wife’s throat in disturbing pictures taken during an argument at Scott’s restaurant in Mayfair on June 9. Saatchi says his wife has refused to answer his calls or return messages since the images went public.

Sarah Lyall says  “Like it or not, Ms. Lawson has become, for some, a symbol of the insidious nature of spousal abuse, an example, in their eyes, of the victim who does not realize she is a victim until outsiders frame her situation that way.”

5. Women’s rights activists in Afghanistan are concerned that a court has reversed the convictions of the three Afghans jailed for torturing Sahar Gul who refused to become a prostitute after being sold by her stepbrother for $5,000 and forced to marry at age 13 or 14. When Gul refused to consummate the marriage, her in-laws locked her in a basement where they burned her with hot wires, pulled out her fingernails and twisted her skin with pliers for months.

The issue is whether the assailants should have been convicted of assault, not attempted murder. Women’s rights activists in Kabul say they will press to have the three defendants retried.

Read also WSJ’s Afghan Women Fear Rights Slipping Away, focused on Noor Zia Atmar, who served in Afghanistan’s first post-Taliban Parliament and is now on the run from her abusive husband.