Sensuality Reads

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

‘Angels’ By Russell James Is 304 Pages Of Nude Artistry

Pubic Hair Is Back, Announces The New York Times

Dasha Zhukova’s BDSM Throne Bashing Is Well Deserved

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

Science Argues Women Like Men With Bigger Penises

Kate Upton As Marilyn Monroe & Amanda Marcotte’s PC Madness


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

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

‘Mine’ By Alvaro de la Herran Starring Marina Jamieson & Garret Neff

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

2013 Is A Year of Revelation and Artistic Rejuvenation for Anne

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

Sensual Dames Love Stockings & Garter Belts from Secrets & Lace

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

Forniphilia | Women As Doormats and Other Art Furniture

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

Are Stay-at-Home Moms Majority of Cheaters On Ashley Madison?

Fashion Model Andrej Pejic’s Video Interview | A Star Is Born

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Eye 10-19-14 Gisele Bundchen Chanel No. 5 Commercial | Kurdish Women Fighters  Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer Under Intense Pressure

Eye 10-14-14 Zaha Hadid’s Catharsis For Cambodia | WikiLeaks Gets Fashionable | London’s Hackney Fashion Lab

Eye 10-11-14 October 11 Is International Day of the Girl | Honoring Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize & Angelina Jolie As A British Dame

Eye 10-8-14 | H&M Jumpsuit: When Style & War Collide | Amazon Women | Burqa Bans

Eye 10-5-14 | American Parenting as Religion | Elisabeth Holmes Billionaire | Kurdish Women Fighters Update

Eye 10-1-14 | Fondation Louis Vuitton | Vogue Meets Gesquiere | Stella McCartney Redo 

Eye 9-28-14 | Victoria Beckham Has Passion For UN Ambassador Role | Women & Heart Disease | Apologies to UAE Pilot Major Mariam al-Mansouri

Eye 9-25-14 | UAE Pilot Major Mariam al-Mansouri Leads UAE Air Strikes Against ISIS | Domestic Violence Tab Put At $9.5 Trillion Annually

Eye 9-23-14 Emma Watson On Feminism | Zaha Hadid On Architecture | Biomimicry at Blossom Tower

Eye 9-20-14 | Angelina Jolie To Direct ‘Africa’ | ‘I Am Eleven’ Documentary | Are Conservatives Happier In Liberal Countries?

Eye 9-17-14 | US Poverty & Child Development | Stella McCartney’s Green Carpet Collection

Eye 9-15-14 Richard Branson’s Unfulfilled Energy Pledge | G-Spot Science | Malala’s Attackers Arrested.

Eye 9-9-14 Violence Against Women | Scalia & Women’s Rights | Matrilineal Mawlynnong

Eye 9-8-14 | Clintons For Elephants | Organized Crime Deep In Ivory Trade | Clooney & Alamuddin WillWed In Venice

Eye 9/6/14 | Fast Food & Depression | Global Cool Neighborhoods | Liu Wen

Eye 9/3/14 | Dr. Patricia Wright’s Lemurs | Low Carb Diet | Spinach Aids Weight Control

Eye 8/31/14: Global Warming | New Tesla Electric Battery | Elephant Slaughter

Eye 8/29/14 Women In Tech Abrasive | Shakira Pregnant | Abortions At Home

Eye 8/27/14: Beyonce’s Feminism, Moms Against NRA, Women Newscasters, Kurdish Women Soldiers Face ISIS

Eye 8/26/14 SunGlacier | Windowless Jumbo jets | What Is Plagiarism

Eye: Nicer Future | Cathy Horn | Women’s Wages | Marley Coffee

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Anne’s Essays

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Shakira: Brainiac Activist with Curves

Becoming An Ice Cream Sundae via Chocolate Mousse Cake | Chocolate Decadence All The Way

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Controlling Women’s Bodies Is a Fight to the Finish

Revolution, Liberty and Independence: Georgia O’Keefe & Judy Chicago as Smart Sensuality, Feminist Artists

While the World Debates Burqas, Fashion Designers Show Beautiful Abayas at Paris’s George V Hotel

Aphrodite Joins Yemaya and Mami Wati for a Swim in Human Consciousness

Smart Sensuality Women as Envisioned by Ellen von Unwerth

A Somewhat Decadent but Fundamentally Good Group of Lubna Ahmed Hussein Lovers Hear Her Calm, Steady Voice: “I Want to Change This Law’

Drawing a Line in Lubna’s Sand, Saying ‘No More’ to the Growing, Global Erosion of Women’s Rights in the Name of Any Man’s Religion

The Sexiest Pumpkin Risotto with Lobster Meat Ever

Arriving At Le Yacout | Dark Drabness Into Sensual Splendor

Marrakesh | Deeply Sensual Dining Pleasure at Le Yacout

My Original Sins: Making Peace with Revelations & Judith Jamison, Thanks to Barack Obama

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Jul072012

Anilez Silva 'Africa' by Daniel Bracci Delves Into Woman's Collective Unconscious

Looking at Daniel Bracci’s magnificent images of Anilez Silva entitled ‘Africa’, my rational mind says “don’t go there, Anne”. Our politically correct world only sees stereotypes where you see art and connection.

After all, Anilez Silva is fiercely tribal, sensual, erotic, impenetrable, dangerous, ancestral, aboriginal and ancient. She is ferocious, native, natural, primeval and primitive; turbulent, unbroken and proud. 

My friends at Jezebel would probably hate her. We tend not to see eye-to-eye on a few issues, and this is one of them. Are Bracci’s images stereotypical? Racist? I’m not an African American — or African woman — or African Parisian woman, so I can only speak to how these images affect me personally.

When the subject is Africa, I have a visceral response that another person might have with India. Most Americans have no visceral response at all, in terms of connection with “foreign” imagery, but this is not the case for me.

Musée Dapper in Paris

Wandering through Paris on a creative mission for Victoria’s Secret, my affinity for African art brought me a small museum in Paris called Musée Dapper, located then in a small townhouse at 50 Avenue Victor Hugo. I went there after the breakup of a serious love affair (again), wanting to escape current reality for an hour.

Thankfully, when I entered the almost colonial feeling townhouse of the old Dapper, it was mid-afternoon and raining, leaving the museum empty. Drawn immediately to a room of mounted masks, I sat down on a bench, alone with ancestral voices, personifications of good and evil, oracles from the spirit world, and witnesses to history. Almost instantaneously, I was overcome with an intense sorrow.

The small staff at the Musée Dapper left me alone in my pool of tears. One can only carry on in such a state for a good 20 minutes without feeling foolish, and I eventually calmed myself. Soaking in all the meaning, inspiration, lessons and collective unconscious learnings of the advent of civilization spoken by these masks, I stood up and walked out of the main exhibit room and into the shop.

Power Surge

When the lights went out, I wasn’t surprised, but exasperated. “After all,” I told myself, “the electricity wiring is terrible in these old buildings.” I remembered being in Cartegena, Colombia, where the electricity went out regularly from 3 to 6pm.

It’s also factually correct to say that when I gave presentations at Victoria’s Secret, we paid to have a technician standing by. For whatever reason, I have always had a strange relationship with electricity and energy.

Returning to the Musée Dapper a few months later with my African American friend Phyllis, I told her the story of my quick exit from my first visit.

We entered the bookstore to the right of the entrance, which made leaving easy. Literally five minutes after walking in the front door, lights went our, alarms rang, and Phyllis and I were ushered out onto the street as doors were locked.

The adage is three strikes and you’re out, and this is my story. I returned to the Musée Dapper a few years later with my partner and his son.

By this time my unusual chemistry with African artifacts was known to my family, and we entered the building prepared to leave immediately. That was not the case. In fact, we spent at least 45 minutes wandering through the small rooms on a crowded day and were on the second floor when the alarms went off. 

Was I a witch? A high priestess?

This is the end of my Parisian African art museum story. The Musée Dapper  moved to new quarters at a block away and I have no magic powers there.

My inexplicable relationship with the Dapper Museum wasn’t my only extraordinary experience with African artifacts. Stone sober on a New York Saturday morning in the 70s, I fell in love with a necklace at Ashanti Bazaar on Lexington Avenue.

Submerged in Unconsciousness

When the shop assistant fastened the necklace around my throat, I went into an altered state of consciousness for several minutes — a quick trip journey to a grassy savannah across the ocean.

Totally not present in New York, even with my husband nudging me and talking loudly, I appeared to be in a trance but don’t believe that I lost cognitive function. That experience made a stunning impression on me, and it’s not one I discuss readily. Both of these stories are the gospel truth.

Why do I mention them? Because many feminists are in search of women’s true history and we believe it lies in writing the reality of African women’s history.

My thoughts mean to honor African women at home and also those whose families have migrated across the world for generations — willingly and in chains. I find the Anilez Silva images inspiring and in touch with the origins of female power — long suppressed.

We live in a time of marvelous archaeological discovery about migration patters and the origins of the first humans. Last month, researchers released a study confirming that the genomes of some Ethiopian populations bear striking DNA similarities to populations in Israel and Syria and less commonality with the truly ancient genomes of some Southern African populations. 

It’s Lake Turkana, located in the Kenyan Rift Valley, that’s regarded as the cradle of humankind. Turkana’s far northern end crosses over into Ethiopia.

I’m off and running now, just Googling Carl Jung + East Africa. The father of the collective unconscious, which I embracing fully, was very uncomfortable with his trek into Africa. More on that story shortly. Peter Gabriel wrote Rhythm of the Heat in about 1982, here performed in Venice in 2007.

Peter Gabriel ‘Rhythm of the Heat’

The moment takes me to sleeping in Venice and the Kenyan spirit that also speaks to me in my dreams: Dan Eldon. Speaking of sleep, links tomorrow. It’s time for dark reveries and reading the NYTimes article Chris Stringer on the Origins and Rise of Modern Humans. ~ Anne

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