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

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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Sunday
Feb012015

Madison Stubbington In 'Le Temple du Soleil' By Sanchez & Mongiello For Numero #160 February 2015

Model Madison Stubbington joins her flock in this spiritual (or cult as young bloggers have written) fashion editorial styled by Samuel François in ethereal femininity. Photographers Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello capture Madison in ‘Le temple du soleil’, a stylish ode to enlightenment in Numero #160 February 2015.

As to the role of the male models, their position and power is ambiguous. Being Anne of Carversville, we choose to believe the editorial celebrates the rising power of feminine principles. In a note of irony, the Vatican launches a listening to women and empowering females outreach this week, seeking a new understanding for women to work “in full collaboration and integration” with men. As long as the topic isn’t women priests, I should add.

We’ll be celebrating the African goddess Mami Wati (or Yemata) tomorrow at her February Brazilian festival and in other countries around the world. Mami Wata is the founding goddess of AOC and we honor her fierce spirit, one that guided and brought some solace on the slave ships, as Mami Wata journeyed around the world, a spirit queen of the African diaspora. ~ Anne

 

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Wednesday
Jan282015

Is The Mother Denim Collaboration With Mothers2Mothers For Real? Only An Angel Knows The Answer

Victoria’s Secret Superangel Candice Swanepoel follows in the footsteps of Toni Garrn in a new denim collaboration that speaks to Smart Sensuality women and our values: smart, sexy and having great heart.

Candice has teamed up with LA Mother Denim on a range of seven denim styles created to support mothers2mothers, a South African organization that works to help prevent HIV transmission from mothers to their babies. Candice’s images are shot by Victoria’s Secret photographer Russell James, a long-time supporter of important causes that support poor women and also the culture of indiginous peoples with his super well-organized NOMAD Two Worlds project.

I assume this is all legit but there is no mention of the mothers2mothers project on the Mother Denim website, although these Candice Swanepoel photos are on the landing page.

On the Mothers2Mothers website, there is no mention of the project under Latest News or elsewhere on the website. Note that designer Victoria Beckham — whose life was changed forever by her trip to Africa — did make her second visit to m2m in November. In August, Beckham auctioned over 600 items from her closet to support the charity.

There is no press release about the Mother Denim collaboration, not a m2m blog mention. Mum is the word, and on the face of it — the Candice Swanepoel/Mother Denim collaboration is no match for the professionalism of the Toni Garrn for Closed Denim Jeans #youandmegirl Campaign in Burkina Faso. Neither is it a match for the Russell James NOMAD Two World project.

A brand — and this includes me with the reboot of my GlamTribale jewlry and gift collection after the death and disorganization associated with my business partner — must be very careful NOT to use the predispositions of Smart Sensuality people to support brands involved in activism and global engagement in a hype-driven, self-serving way.

I would advise Mother Denim to get their act together pronto on the specifics of their support of Mothers2Mothers, an organization that appears to have excellent credentials in the business of helping South African women. Pick up the phone Candice. It’s time to raise your voice. 

Anne of Carversville is not a blog/website that just promotes people and causes based on a press release or Instagram post. Unlike other fashion blogs, we do our homework before advising our readers to support a project. ~ Anne

 

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Tuesday
Jan132015

Israeli Newspapers Photoshop Out Women Leaders From Paris March

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is one of the most powerful people on the planet, but in Israel’s news media, she doesn’t exist. Nor does Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and EU foreign affairs and security chief Frederica Mogherini. Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt is left with hand. That’s all to remain of her in the ‘reality’ perpetuated by Israel’s conservative press.

This is the actual front row of the Paris march with the women intact. See more images and comments from AOC’s article on the march.

Some Jewish newspapers don’t care about reality. We learned that when then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was Photoshopped out of a crucial image released by the White House the night Bin Laden was killed.

Below is the Israeli version of the Paris march on Sunday January 11, published by Israeli Haredi daily ‘HaMevaser’. Just as Saudia Arabia insists that women must stay under their burqas, large numbers of Israel Jews justify keeping women out of public life — and most definitely out of photographs — due to the need for modesty. MODESTY!!!!

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Tuesday
Jan132015

Elle Celebrates Women In TV As Charlize Theron Fixes Her $10 Million Pay Gap At Sony

Elisabeth MossThe February issue of ELLE US celebrates women in television, featuring portraits of nine different actresses for this photo shoot captured by Nagi Sakai. Stars include Lizzy Caplan of “Masters of Sex”, Gabrielle Union of “Being Mary Jane”, Elisabeth Moss of “Mad Men” and Tatiana Maslany, Tracee Ellis Ross, Sarah A Paulson, Ellie Kemper, Sarah Paulson, Amanda Peet and Emily Mortimer. Carmen Borgonovo worked as stylist for the shoot. /Hair by David von Cannon; makeup by Jo Baker and Eric Polito.

These images come in as the Hollywood awards season kicks off with The Golden Globes and the revelation that actress Charlize Theron learned much about her worth in the industry, resulting from the hack of Sony. The magnificent Charlize Theron was paid $10 million less than Chris Hemsworth in the upcoming film ‘The Huntsman’, even though their roles are considered equal. 

Thanks to the hack of FEMALE Sony executive Amy Pascal, who was clearly involved in the decision to pay Theron $10 million less than Huntsman, Charlize has renegotiated her contract. One wonders how many other women actors (and this is a reason to use the word actor, as some Hollywood women do, rather than the underpaid female ‘actress’) Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, has decided to discriminate against in salary negotiations.

Although both Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were both nominated for Oscars in ‘American Hustle’, they were paid less than their male costars. Read on at The Daily Beast.

Gabrielle Union

 

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Wednesday
Jan072015

Lady Liberty Collides With Fundamentalist Hardliners In Paris

Our thoughts are with the people of Paris today, the dead satirists who pushed the envelope of free speech and free expression will speak no more, although a request has gone global for media outlets to publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons tomorrow.

Anne of Carversville will not be among them, as I am blacklasted in the Arab world already and my focus is women’s rights. If Islamists had launched a terrorist attack against the women of Paris for not wearing burquas, we would print anything needed against these brutes who kidnap little girls and decapitate aid workers on international TV.

Probably no single issue in France has done more to divide Muslims and non-Muslims than the burqa ban, a topic at the core of Anne of Carversville’s values and dialogue with women worldwide. 

France’s Burqa Ban

In July 2014, judges at the European court of human rights (ECHR) upheld France’s 2010 burqa ban, accepting the the legal argument that it encourages the citizens of France to ‘live together’.

The case against the burqa ban was brought by an unnamed 24-year-old French citizen, born in Pakistan, a woman who wears both a burqa (pictured above) and a niqab, leaving only her eyes visible.

Lawyers from Birmingham, England (home now to Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzei, the young school girl shot in the head on her school bus by the Taliban) argued that France’s burqa law was:

“inhumane and degrading, against the right of respect for family and private life, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, freedom of speech and discriminatory”.

The court heard estimates that about 1,900 women in France were impacted by the ban, based on 2009 research. That number dropped in half after a public information campaign. The Guardian reports that some French Muslim women continue to wear their burqas and niqabs, demanding to be left alone.

It seems the enforcement of the law after today’s terrorist attack will proceed with vigor. In October, the Opera Bastille in Paris — which I have attended with Monsieur — refused to perform unless a burqa-wearing woman and her male companion left a performance of ‘La Traviata’.

The couple from the Gulf region was seated right behind the conductor in the front row of the auditorium. Refusing to uncover her face, the couple gave up their tickets worth $294 a piece.

Some might find this refusal on the part of the Opera House extreme, but then so was the recent decision of publisher HarperCollins to omit Israel from maps of the Middle East prepared for schools in the Arab world — because they could be upsetting. Under outcries from Westerners, HarperCollins is withdrawing the maps.

A woman wears a burqa at a market in Paris despite it being banned in France. Photograph: Philippe Lissac/Photononstop/Corbis Anne of Carversville has a long history of tolerance, understanding and very warm, respectful and progressive conversations about the the pending French burqa ban between myself and several burqa-wearing women. I wonder where Pixie is now.

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Tuesday
Jan062015

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's UNICEF Trip To Cambodia April 2014

Many positive changes are returning to a revitalized Anne of Carversville, a website for Smart Sensuality women. We are smart, sexy (or sensual) and care deeply about all women and children in the world.

When top model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley cut a few inches off her hair in December, the fashion blogosphere went gaga. I was on an extended sabbatical in April 2014 when Rosie travelled to Cambodia as an Ambassador for UNICEF. The Devon-born superstar actor and designer of Marks & Spencer Autograph lingerie & new fragrance — and former Victoria’s Secret Angel —travelled to Phnom Penh to film an appeal that aired on Sunday, June 8 as part of Soccer Aid.

The Daily Mail posted news and photos of Rosie’s trip and then Rosie herself posted more images and an appeal on British Vogue.

Speaking of the woman shown here, while Rosie attended her first live birth, she wrote:

In one slum I met a mum whose story really touched my heart. Sareth, aged 42, told me how during the rainy season last year, the river that they live next to flooded their home with unclean water and sewage. She was powerless to stop her baby daughter, just six months old, from getting diarrhoea and tragically dying

After expressing her dismay over preventable child mortality in Cambodia, Rosie shared a daily reality for women in Cambodia, a story many of us know well.

I was moved by Sareth’s determination to give her three remaining children the best life possible. Every day she collects and sells rubbish from the streets, earning not much more than £1 a day to pay for food, rent and healthcare for her family. Her adorable six-year-old son, Chamroeun, misses out on school to help her.

Models are influencers totally capable of raising consciousness about the totality of women’s lives. It’s great to see a beautiful, talented woman like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley rise to the occasion for UNICEF. AOC’s voice highlighting these issues will once again return to full volume in a desire to meet the totality of needs among our readers. Philanthropy and activism — especially helping women and girls everywhere — rank high on the priority lists of so many of you, just as they are so important to me.

These images show the magic that a person like Rosie brings to Cambodia. But it’s also critical to stress one of the critical paradoxes of modern living. As my spiritual guru Mooji reminds us — and global research confirms — the people living in poverty around the world are often happier than we are. They find joy and beauty in their environments, where we see only heart ache and suffering.

In my decades of extensive global travel to many underdeveloped countries, I was constantly overwhelmed by the life lessons people like Sareth taught me. This synergy among us women is mutual as we realize just how connected we are in life and how grace and gratefulness can transform us out of our selfish obsessions, if only we open ourselves to new experiences. ~ Anne

To track all Rosie Huntington-Whiteley news and features on Anne of Carversville, follow this link.

More reading about Cambodia on AOC:

Zaha Hadid Unveils Cambodia’s Sleuk Rith Institute Designs, Inspired By Angor Wat

Recounting the Fall of Matriarchy in Cambodia

Global Crusade Against Sex Trafficking Girls & Women

 

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Monday
Jan052015

Out Of Pain & Self Doubt Come Love, Unity, Truth, Golden Buddhas & An Appreciation of Tim Walker's 'Gilt Trip'

In my 2014 sabbatical from Anne of Carversville, I missed this splendid Tim Walker May issue editorial ‘Gilt Trip’ featuring Edie Campbell for W Magazine, with styling by Jacob K. It comes as a great gift to me this morning … a feast for eyes and spirit and a vision of the road ahead. In my case, ‘Gilt Trip’ is also a vision of the life road already taken.

The Walker shoot went off in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma. It was the ultimate stage set for the British photographer, known for his ‘monumental fantasy-world sets’, writes W Magazine. “When they first saw the pictures, people asked if we had built the backgrounds,” Walker said. “But, in fact, they were beyond anything I could have even imagined.”

I’ve never been to Myanmar, but seeing this editorial ‘Gilt Trip’ just now, took me back to one of the top five nights of my life … a night in Chiang Mai, Thailand when I fell to my knees surrounded by flickering candles and a golden Buddha statue.

Out of great fear and lack of control, came this extraordinary, life-altering, personal experience in the home of a complete stranger.

Beginning Again

2014 was a most challenging year for so many of us. I don’t know about you, but a huge part of me is so glad that it is over. Still, there lies an awareness in my heart that the most extraordinary gifts have come my way — many of them from total strangers. First and foremost is the spiritual teacher Mooji, whose no-nonsense discussions about the meaning of life and our journey as humans, pulled me through in my darkest hours. My dearest friend Iman is responsible for introducing me to Mooji, who metaphorically held my hand as everything seemingly solid around me in 2014 crumbled in the dust.

The details aren’t all that relevant. In fact, Mooji’s greatest challenge to all of us is to let go of the details. They don’t matter. How a grand fall into a painful void of nothingness and emptiness can leave me feeling so energized, happy and full of gratitude for the wonderful life I have lived to date leaves me with no words to explain such a state.

All I know is that a fog has lifted, leaving me a very different woman than I was on January 5, 2014 when I was camped out at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital with my best friend and business partner.

Watching Robert slip into death, no matter how hard I tried to stop it was one of the greatest life lessons ever. The unfolding of events after his departure nearly took me with him. Yet here I am— in bedrock — basking in Mooji and ‘Gilt Trip’, surrounded by not very much, yet rich in the magic of today and a golden hue of happiness.

In reclaiming myself these past months, I also reclaimed Anne of Carversville. Before relaunching the jewelry and gift business GlamTribale in 2015, the last four months have been devoted to reconstructing the best of the website.

I hate messes and this Sensual Rebel channel is a big one right now. Yet, for the first time since 2007, all of me — Anne’s personal stories, political and religious writing, international women’s rights and feminism news — it’s all in one place.

Perils in Political Correctness

For years I worried if writing about sexuality in my Sensual Rebel blog would be an affront — or worse yet — a danger to international women. So they had their own channel. Wasn’t I being disrespectful to poor women worldwide by including stories about American feminism and high-powered professional women philanthropists in the same channel? So privileged American women struggling to be taken seriously in business got their own channel. It went on and on until Anne was spread so many places on AOC that she lost her way in a sea of often irrelevant fashion editorials, style statements diametrically opposed to ‘Gilt Trip’ in execution and creativity. Unemployed or aspiring photographers demanded explanations of why I hadn’t posted their work, until I finally adopted a No Submissions policy. So much for my own artistic freedom; I now worked for them.

No more. Going forward, there is no attempt on my part to be politically correct. As Mooji says, it’s a losing battle. I care about international women’s rights because of my own battle with the Catholic Church. Being condemned as a harlot at 15 by my church in conjunction with a sexual assault (and most recently my mother in a bit of slut shaming) this personal history is totally relevant to my falling on my knees 20 years ago in Thailand.

It’s All One Flow

Life is all one flow, and it’s my flow: the good, the bad, and the ugly. We are not defined by our past,  but it is certainly part of our life experience and psychological. We can choose to dwell on its unfairness and unfortunate aspects, or we can see the lessons and the infinite beauty housed in the simplest of life’s experience — and pain, too.

In letting go and accepting the truth of what Mooji calls ‘psychological conditioning’, we can find peace, nourishment and creativity within ourselves, most definitely from strangers who care about us, as well as some of our most beloved supporters and advocates. 

It’s our own choice to set off on a new life path of remain stuck in one not working. Anne is on her way, as empty a vessel as she can be and work to continue to be. Let nothing fill me up but the symphony of sounds, beauty, creativity and love in the opportunity of everyday living — the good, the bad and the ugly. Let me live without expectations or judgement as a solitary but also truly connected and engaged soul in this great universe. 

Happy New Year to our many friends and readers. Love, Anne

 

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