Sensuality Reads

Madonna Calls Out Gay Men’s Misogyny In Out Interview

Long Ring Finger Traits Similar Between Men & Women In Business

Jennifer Lawrence Calls Photo Hack A Sex Crime | $100 Million Lawsuit Threat Finally Prompts Google Action

Anais Mali Pays Tribute To Warrior Women in ‘Amazon’ By Urivaldo Lopes For French Revue de Modes #25

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

Lea Seydoux Seduces In Lui Magazine Relaunch, Lensed By Mario Sorrenti

Anne Rethinks ‘Flawless’, Third-Tier Male Photographers & Values That Matter

 


Victoria’s Secret Angels have Appeared Often In GQ & Esquire

Marilyn Monroe Photographer Bert Stern Looks To Kate Upton As Next Muse

The ‘50 Shades of Grey’ BDSM Devil Seduces in the Eternal Submission Collection
Red Genitals Not Arousing In Recent Study, But Men Do Tip Red Shirt Waitresses Better

Sexual Politics & Fashion, 50 Shades of Grey Meets YVVY’s Nude Edition

Islam, Western Guilt, Original Sin & Sensuality | Koray Birand’s Alyssa Miller Images Celebrate Female Eroticism

Loving Relationships | 32 Health Benefits of Sex

American Culture Promotes Female Sexual Dysfunction

For Sister Margaret Farley Responsible Pleasure Is Not a Sin

Strong American Results in Female Sexual Desire Drug

Self Love Is Saying ‘No’ to Fashion Body Images You Hate

Saint Shakira Calls Libido the “Engine of the World”

Male Ego, Women Faking Orgasms & Sensual Chaos in Our Bedrooms

‘Pretty Boy’ Andrej Pejic Talks Sex, Love & Leaving His Gender to ‘Artistic Interpretation’

Find Your Sensual, Sovereign Self with Lone Morch in Paris

 

Tara, Candice & Robyn | Steven Meisel | Vogue Italia June 2011 | ‘Belle vere’

Franca Sozzani on Curvy Girls, Sensuality & More Body Types in Fashion

Givenchy Transgender Model Lea T Stars in French Vogue (2010)

Tom Ford Embraces Natural Breasts, Not Bombshells

Orgasmic Female Brain in ‘La Petite Mort’

Ever Woman Should Own Jordan Matters’ ‘Uncovered’

Men More Likely Than Women To First Look at Face in Porn Films

Selita Ebanks | Kanye West ‘Runaway’ Full Video Embedded

The Great Wall of Vagina | Learning to Love Our Genitalia

Body Talk | Owning Vulvas, Clits & G-Spots

Mysteries of the Garden of Eden’ | History Channel | In Latin Apple Means Evil

Sexy Doublespeak | American Women & Sexual Honesty

Statistics Say Conservatives Buy More Porn

 

Women As Muses: What Is Our Place in the Modern World? Or Are We Just ‘Slut Girls’ Today?

 

 

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Monday
May182015

Afghan Rapper Sonita Alizadeh Fights Against Child Brides From Wasatch Academy Utah

Sonita Alizadeh is a young Afghan woman who had the audacity to resist being married off at age 15. Alizadeh’s family was forced to move to Iran when she was eight years old. As an undocumented Afghan, she was not entitled to be educated in Iran, leaving her to work as a janitor at a charity that supported Afghan children in her situation.

For years, Sonita was pressured to marry by her family. Her mother hoped to raise $9,000 US in a Sonita marriage, so that she would have $7,000 for her own son’s wedding. Sonita’s protest video of her song ‘Brides for Sale’ shown here, shows a bruised 15-year-old girl pleading with her family not to be sold. Pleading with rap lyrics saying ‘I am seen as a sheep grown only to be devoured,’ Sonita got attention. In early 2014 Sonita won the ‘best female’ prize in Argus Productions’ election anthem song context, rapping encouragement to Afghans to vote.

When Kabul-based WLUML networker Noorjahan Akbar sent her colleague Elie Calhoun, based in Indonesia, a link to Sonita’s music video, ‘Brides for Sale’ she had no idea that it was the first step to Sonita gaining a scholarship to a college preparatory school, the Wasatch Academy, with an amazing music program, in Utah in the US. Elie Calhoun shared the video on Facebook. Elie’s US based colleague Cori Stern saw the music video on Facebook. Stern then googled Sonita’s name and found the trailer for the documentary Sonita is a travelling swallow by Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami. via

I found out about Sonita on FB today.

Cori Stern co-founded the US-based Strongheart Group, dedicated to amplifying the voice and message of exceptional young people who are destined to be change makers. Stern reached out to the headmaster Joseph Loftin at Wasatch Academy in Utah. Headmaster Joseph Loftin at Wasatch interviewed Sonita by Skype and then offered her a scholarship to attend the school, with the support of Strongheart philanthropist Maurie Michaels.

This is an amazing story of a determined young woman destined to become a change agent for young women worldwide. One third of the girls in the developing world are married before the age of 18, and 1 in 9 are married before the age of 15.

In 2011 National Geographic did an in-depth piece written by Cynthia Gorney and photographed by Stephanie Sinclair called Too Young to Wed.~ Anne

Sunday
May102015

Touting Real Bodies, Not Bombshells, Iceland Leads The Way In Women's Empowerment

Coming on the heels of last week’s Finland’s Lindex stores campaign featuring their own employees of every size and shape in a lingerie ad campaign, the recently released issue of Glamour Iceland promotes body diversity in this new editorial mixing women models of all sizes. Models include Ashley Graham (who appears in Lane Bryant’s new lingerie campaign) Marquita Pring, Julie Henderson, Inga Eiriksdottir and Danielle Redman.  

The IMG models are part of ALDA — meaning wave in Iceland — a movement to promote self esteem among young women of every size. 

We should note that Finland and Iceland lead the world in women’s rights and are far ahead of the United States. A recent Mic article reminds us that Iceland became the first country ‘in the world to grant unconditional equal inheritance rights to men and women in 1850’. Women got the right to vote in Iceland five years ahead of American women. 

In 1975 an estimated 90% of women went on strike for a day, refusing to act as housewives or professionals going to work. Instead 10% of the naitonal population protested in front of the capital of Oct. 24. In 1980 Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was elected as Iceland’s and Europe’s first female president. 

The 2014 Global Gender Gap Index ranked Iceland No. 1 out of more than 130 countries for the sixth consecutive year. The US ranks 20, driven largely by our score of #4 in Economic opportunity. Note that we score 1 in earned income but 65 in wage equality for similar work. 

In the key sectors of educational attainment, America’s women score 39 in Educational Attainment; 62 in Health and Survival; and 54 in Political Empowerment. What an embarassment! 

I can’t help wondering if the comparative emancipation of women in the Scandinavian countries prompts an embrace of real bodies and not bombshells, Victoria’s Secret style. As a body-conscious feminist who loves lingerie, I am aware that this passion is a double-edged sword. ~ Anne

Saturday
May022015

Iris Apfel Hates Loss Of Individuality In Fashion & Rejects Importance of 'Pretty'

Iris Apfel’s documentary ‘Iris’ has opened in select theaters a month and a half after the death of director Albert Maysles of ‘Grey Gardens’ fame.

Vanity Fair writes that without the fashion icon Apfel, now 93, we would not be seeing the rise of the senior ‘supermodel’ (another abuse of the word): Joan Didion for Céline, Charlotte Rampling for Nars, Jessica Lange for Marc Jacobs Beauty, Joni Mitchell for Yves Saint Laurent. Apfel herself is the new face of Kate Spade.

Iris Apfel’s roots go back to the young woman from Queens, New York, with big dreams for a career in the fashion industry. In a truth serum moment that would result in modern parents arriving for a confrontation about crushing their child’s ego, Frieda Loehmann, founder of the famed department store told Apfel:

You’re not pretty and you’ll never be pretty, but it doesn’t matter. You have something much better. You have style.

Paying tribute, Vogue.com says that Apfel is our leading ambassador for the ‘fashion of chance: the idea that good taste isn’t aspirational but realized on the fly, that more can be done with well-layered costume jewelry and a one-of-a-kind poncho than with all the season’s must-have fare.’

Iris envisions getting dressed as akin to playing jazz — a ‘sartorial safari’ and wild fun that celebrates individuality. In this fashion icon’s playbook, style isn’t about pleasing other people. “It’s better to be happy than well-dressed.” Not one to mince words, Apfel laments fashion’s uniformity. “I think it’s very sad… . People are being robbed of their imaginations—and everything else—with this button-pushing culture we have.”

Apfel shares that she had the opportunity to take a course with Margaret Mead. Also, she had a fabulous art course, “where it was explained to me that nothing exists in a vacuum, that everything is a result of the period in which it’s done—the economics, the sociology, the politics, all sewn together. That was a very important lesson.”

Iris’ relationship with her husband, 100, obviously adores her. After six decades of marriage, they still hold hands in the back of the cab. “I figured he was cool, he was cuddly, and he cooked Chinese, so I couldn’t do any better,” Apfel says lovingly. For his part, Carl says “It’s not a dull marriage, I can tell you that.”

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Sunday
Apr262015

Eunice Akoth In NYC For The Kibera School For Girls

Tina Brown’s sixth Women in the World Conference is in full swing at Lincoln Center in New York.

On Friday, Eunice Akoth brought down the house, sharing poetic thoughts about her unbridled determination and confidence to rise above the difficult circumstances for girls in Kibera, one of the world’s biggest slums outside of Nairobi, Kenya.

Eunice is a sixth-grader at The Kibera School For Girls, (see website)one of two charities targeted for support by Anne of Carversville and me personally.

Besides hearing Eunice Akoth’s stirring oratory, the audience also heard from the husband and wife team of Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner Odede who operate the Shining Hope For Communities foundation — which pairs free education with health care, clean water, and other social services in Kibera.

Kennedy founded in 2004, after saving 20 cents to buy a soccer ball as a way of getting people together. His goal was simple: gender equality, making the world better for his mother and sister.

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Wednesday
Apr222015

Guess #DENIMDAY No Rape Campaign Moves To Europe In Summer 2015

Clothing brand GUESS puts its support behind nonprofit organization, Peace Over Violence, which aims to end sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence. In honor of Denim Day 2015, GUESS will donate $2 for every pair of jeans and select accessories to Peace Over Violence from now until April 29.

Starting with Italy, the Guess Foundation arrives in Europe this year, launching a Denim Day in summer 2015.

The Denim Day movement was born in 1998 in the US in response to a shocking judgment by the Italian Court, which overturned a rape case against a forty-five year old man because the eighteen year old female victim was wearing tight jeans which, according to the Court, could not have been taken off without her consent. Wearing tight blue jeans was the way American women protested against the verdict and since then Denim Day has become a national campaign in the US to promote the prevention of rape and sexual violence crimes. via

Wednesday
Apr152015

The Skate Girls Of Kabul Are High Flying Into London's Saatchi Gallery In April 2015

I always like to go high on the ramps. When I’m Up There I feel free, like I’m flying. I like that feeling a lot.

In a marvelous tale of simplicity, ingenuity and determination, Australian Oliver Percovich changed the lives of street children on the streets of Kabul and now Cambodia and South Africa. Percovich captured the curiosity of children — many of them selling goods on the streets of Kabul to support their low-income families — as he rolled by on his skateboard.

The nonprofit Skateistan has a much larger goal today of empowering young people, providing a foundation for change and educational opportunities.

Girl Power Gets Flying In Kabul

Young women make up about 45% of Skateistan’s members. These girls are forbidden to ride bicycles and they must wear restrictive clothing for many sport-related activities. My Modern Met writes:

For these girls, this skateboarding initiative not only gives them the chance to go to school, it also allows them to feel a sense of freedom, strength, and that they have a safe haven away from the dangers that they face on a daily basis. Even with their confining clothes, they are able to successfully skateboard, which would explain why this activity is becoming the nation’s #1 sport for women.

Enter now British photographer Jessica Fulford Dobson, who heard about Skateistan and begged to photograph the liberated, airborn girls. After gaining Percovich’s trust, Fulford-Dobson used a discreet style with no artificial lighting to capture the independent spirit and joy of Afghan girls in this stupendous, small project.

The Skate Girls of Kabul exhibition opens at London’t Saatchi Gallery from April 15th-28th. Read a wonderful article by Andrea Alessi for Artslant ‘Afghanistan’s Skater Girls Roll Into the Saatchi Gallery’.

 

 

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Thursday
Apr092015

Close To Meeting Goal Of 600 Women Teachers In Burkina Faso, Toni Garrn Heads Soon For Zimbabwe With Plan International

Top model Toni Garrn gets down and detailed with Models.com about her work as an ambassador with Plan International and their efforts towards educating girls throughout the world and specifically Burkina Faso. AOC wrote last November about Toni’s personal connection to the ‘Because I Am A Girl’ project and the fundraiser campaign she launched with German brand Closed denim.

All images by Alique with styling by Maher Jridi, interview by Irene Ojo-Felix, and creative direction by Stephan Moskovic. / Hair by Rita Marmor; makeup by Sir John.

Garrn reports that sales from her Closed denim campaign have already come close to meeting the goal in Burkina Faso of educating now 600 women (the video says 450) for three years to become teachers. 588 somen between 20-25 years old are now being educated.

Following, perhaps, in the footsteps of Naomi Campbell in London, Garrn had a flea market during fashion week.

I’ve been collecting clothes and accessories since I was 14 a lot of it was trade that I got from fashion shows and I put away. I had several suitcases at some point. I just thought I can’t give this away, there has to be a way to make this bigger and get money to help from it. I emailed every model friend I had and I got so much stuff. Kasia Struss, Arlenis Sosa, Karlie, Constance, Rianne Tenhaken, Sigrid, Christy Turlington. Liya gave me some nice pieces of her Lem Lem collection. It’s nice to make room in our NY apartments for a good reason. Spring Studios gave me a space, which is amazing. I steamed and tagged everything for a week and Google-d how much everything was worth in today’s market. In one day, we raised $20,000. People who came said “I wish I had heard about this sooner. I wish I could have given you more” so next time I think I’ll do it for at least 2-3 days.

Toni Garrn In Burkina Faso With Plan International

Garrn is headed for Zimbabwe in August 2015 to start work there with Plan International. And while she believes awareness of problems is important, she is very direct in asking readers to get out the plastic and contribute to becauseiamagirl.ca, plan.de, or planusa.org.

 

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