Sexual Politics

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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’

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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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Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, Women's Rights Advocate, Will Donate $32 Billion Fortune To Activist Philanthropy

Prince Alwaleed at New York’s Plaza hotel, of which he is part owner.Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has announced that his entire $32  billion fortune to charitable projects, making it one of the largest pledges ever. Prince Alwaleed said his foundation “will help build bridges to foster cultural understanding, develop communities, empower women, enable youth, provide vital disaster relief and create a more tolerant and accepting world.”

In 2013 Vanity Fair profiled the Prince in-depth, portraying him as a man who believes that he who has the most toys wins.

AOC first wrote about Prince Alwaleed bin Talal in 2009, focusing on his unusual commitment — not only to women’s rights — but to hiring and advancing Saudi women in in his businesses and foundation. Women make up 65 percent of positions in his companies, where he discourages them from wearing the veil.

The Prince employs Hanadi Al Hindi, the first Saudi woman to gain a commercial pilot’s license, to fly his personal jet around the world.

The Prince’s fourth wife Princess Ameerah has become one of the strongest voices for women’s empowerment in Saudi Arabia.

Billionaire Alwaleed’s Wife Speaks Out On Saudi Women’s Right to Drive (2011) Forbes

A 2015 update on Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel confirms that the couple divorced in 2013. No longer driven in chauffeur-driven limousines, the Princess is content driving her own £15,000 Mini Cooper. She has an international license to drive and when she is in Europe or the United States, she loves to drive. Princess Ameerah does not drive in Saudi Arabia, where it remains illegal — but with debate about moderating driving restrictions.

Among those ‘leading the way’, said Ameerah, is Prince Turki bin Abdullah Al Saud, a young royal and Governor of the Riyadh Province who is also a Leeds University PhD candidate.

Princess Ameerah, pictured with Chelsea Clinton.Chelsea Clinton says of the Princess: “Ameerah’s advocacy on behalf of Saudi women has provided a tremendous contribution to how we think about the rights of girls and women around the world.”

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Texas Abortion Clinics Remain Open For Now | New Male Contraceptive By 2018 | Solid Link Between Teen Pregnancy & Obesity

Women’s Health News, Abortion & Contraception

1. At the end of its term, the US Supreme Court issued a stay in litigation around the state of Texas’ new laws that would close 10 more women’s health clinics that provide abortion services.

The law was scheduled to take effect on July 1.Previously, new laws in Texas reduced the number of similar women’s clinics from 41 to 19, making abortion services functionally impossible for tens of thousands of poor women in the state.

These tough new laws require 1) that a doctor performing an abortion — a procedure with an abnormally low rate of complications compared to other medical procedures done in clinics — have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The hospitals are most reluctant to give such privileges, wanting to avoid becoming embroiled in the abortion debate or for religious reasons.

2) The new laws also require clinics to meet the same standards as outpatient surgery center, upgrades that can cost $1 million or more.

Two dozen other states have new laws similar to those in Texas. Both sides of the abortion debate want the Supreme Court to involve themselves in clarifying the legality of legislation that seeks to eliminate abortion in many states in America, all in the name of protecting the woman. The jedges will indicate whether or not they will put abortion rights on the docket when the court reconvenes in September.

2. Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic in Jackson will remain open, with the US Supreme Court taking no action on a federals appeal ruling that left the clinic open.

Mississippi is another of the states demanding that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. No hospital in MIssissippi will grant such privileges.

3. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt filed notice of appeal on Wednesday that he will appeal a court ruling that overturned a Kansas law using an abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation.

The Wichita Eagle writes:

Laura McQuade, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, called the bill “extreme, unconstitutional” in an e-mail and said it “risks women’s health by banning the safest method of second trimester abortion according to every major medical authority.”

She said she was confident that the restraining order would be upheld and that the law would ultimately be defeated by the courts.

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4. Sources of post-abortion counseling that aren’t connected with right to lifers are hard to find.

 Pro-Lifers Harass Women After Abortions The Daily Beast

In 2008, an American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force reviewed the scientific literature on mental health and abortion and concluded, “[T]here is no credible evidence that a single elective abortion of an unwanted pregnancy in and of itself causes mental health problems for adult women.”

The same Task Force cautioned that among the studies indicating that select women can experience grief, depression and anxiety after an abortion, all other risk factors must be taken into account. What is the woman’s exposure to poverty, violence, alcohol, drugs and other negative factors? The report concluded that the best predictor of a woman’s mental health post abortion is her health pre-pregnancy.

Still, writes The Daily Beast, post-abortion organizations are advancing rapidly on the American landscape.

5. In Oregon, lawmakers approved a bill that allows women to get birth control prescriptions from a pharmacist instead of a physician.

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Lizzy Caplan Of 'Masters of Sex' Talks Feminism With Playboy July/August 2015

Actor Lizzy Caplan who plays Virginia Johnson in Showtime’s ‘Masters of Sex’, an acclaimed drama loosely based on the work of sexperts Dr William Johnson, delivers beautiful lingerie shots captured by Kurt Iswarienko for The July-August issue of Playboy magazine.

David Rensin asks Lizzy Caplan 20 questions about ‘Masters of Sex’ and by Q4, the duo is talking feminism. Indeed … feminism.

‘Masters of Sex’ takes place during the late 1950s and early 1960s, an era when women ramped up their struggle for liberation. Virginia Johnson keeps pushing the envelope, but you can feel her frustration at almost every turn. Things have changed, but have they changed enough?

The tough pills that women are expected to swallow have gotten better, but it’s naive to think we’ve come that far from the 1950s. Women are still expected to accept a lower paycheck than a man for the same amount of work. And what about the difficulties every working mother faces, the stigma of leaving her child with a caregiver versus staying home and giving up her own dreams? There’s nothing on our show around the feminist issues that I don’t feel has a huge echo today. If anything, it makes me angry about today. [pauses] I’ve never said this out loud before, but I don’t know if we’ll get there in my lifetime. Until we can convince our own side—women—that this is a good thing for all of us, I don’t see how we stand a chance convincing all the men.

Read on for Q5.

Women are divided about equality too?

Yes. It’s disturbing. It’s not a 50-50 split, but some women have reacted to what I think is the wrong definition of feminism.

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'Radical Grace' Tells Stories Of 3 Defiant American Nuns Under The Vatican Gun 

‘Radical Grace’ | A Documentary About Three Feminist Nuns

This film comes at a major crossroads in the Catholic Church, and the nuns are everything that’s right with the institution. They stand with the marginalized, and won’t be bullied by the hierarchy. I feel a deep connection to the women featured in ‘Radical Grace’. ~ Susan Sarandon, ‘Radical Grace’ Executive Producer

In 2009, the Vatican launched two sweeping investigations of American nuns, headed by Mother Mary Clare Millea. The investigations were launched by Cardinal Franc Rodé, then prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (aka Congregation for Religious), who was concerned about “feminist spirit” among American sisters as well as “irregularities or omissions in American religious life.”

Luckily for the sisters, Rodé retired in January 2011 before the visitation was completed. His replacement, Braz de Aviz, who took a softer approach to the visitation even before Pope Francis assumed leadership at the Vatican. The National Catholic Reporter wrote in Dec. that even though Mother Millea was traditional by nature, she had reluctantly agreed to head the visitation team, because of her nonauthoritarian style and respect for the more secular sisters.

AOC tracked the story of the American nuns and Sister Simone Campbell, who famously took the media stage in Nuns on the Bus, as her NETWORK ministry hit the road in 2012 campaigning for America’s poor.

Note that in April 2015, the Vatican abruptly ended its takeover of the main leadership of American nuns two years ahead of schedule, in anticipation of a visit to America by Pope Francis in Fall 2015.

Filming Defiance

‘Radical Grace’ follows the extraordinary lives of Sister Simone Campbell, Sister Jean Hughes, and Sister Chris Schenk, American nows who believe more strongly in a vow of obedience to God than to the patriarchal Vatican hierarchy.

In America, the hearts and minds of ordinary Catholics were with the nuns, as protests spread on their behalf. From their cross country Nuns on the Bus tour, to serving those on the margins, to a continued struggle for Catholic women’s religious equality, these courageous and defiant sisters seek to transform American politics in the 201 elections — and the Church itself.

The ‘Radical Grace’ website affirms that the documentary seeks to launch a social impact campaign that will help reframe faith and morality as a force within America’s progressive movement.

When asked if the hard-line patriarchal hierarchy will dominate the Church in the 21st century, or will the sisters’ values of social justice and inclusion prevail, Sister Campbell answers: ‘I think the Holy Spirit makes mischief in surprising ways.’


Congo's Dr Denis Mukwege Calls For 100% New Recruits In Army & With No History of Sexual Violence

One of the most prominent voices for Congo rape victims is Dr Denis Mukwege, awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought 2014, which he received in Strasbourg In November 2014.

Rape is used as a weapon of war in many armed conflicts around the world, with few regions of the world being more deadly for women than the Congo. The 59-year-old gynaecologist Mukwege founded the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu in 1998, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where today he still treats victims of sexual violence even after narrowly escaping a serious death attempt in October 2012.

Read: Charlize Theron Meets Dr Denis Mukwege @ Congo’s Panzi Hospital

Women in eastern Dr Congo continue to be raped in front of their husbands and children to ‘dehumanise’ them and ‘destroy’ families, explained Dr Mukwege in paying tribute to the more than 30,000 (reported in May 2015 40,000) rape survivors treated at Panzi Hospital.

A recent article in Think Progress reports that girls as young as 18 months are being abducted from their homes, rapes and then returned.

‘Women and girls have been attacked throughout the 20 year conflict in Congo, but what is particularly disturbing and new about this is that it’s a pattern of children specifically being attacked from a specific community,” Naama Haviv said in a phone interview with ThinkProgress.

Haviv, who heads the Panzi Foundation, a Los Angeles-based charity organization that supports the work of the Panzi Hospital, said that what makes this spate of rapes so alarming is that the children appear to have been singled out. Before, she said, some children were raped along with their mothers, or after they were caught in the crossfire.’

Fiona Lloyd-Davies at TEDxWarwickSalon | ‘Seeds of Hope’

Dr Denis Mukwege Calls For All New Troops In Congo

Last week Dr Mukwege described the Congolese army as being mired in a culture of violence and as being ‘completely sick’, so sick that it should be disarmed and replaced with new recruits who have never committed sexual violence or fought for a violent militia, reports The Guardian.

The UN estimates that one-third of the rapes that occur in the eastern part of the country are committed by members of the army. Dr Mukwege’s questioning the wisdom of the international community spending large sums of money to support an army that is the greatest perpetrator of violence against women and sometimes men, too, is timely. 

The Hague/Jolie Initiative Has Accomplished What?

News broke in London last week that the June 2014 ‘high-profile London summit’ cost £5.2m, about five times the amount of money actually spent in the Congo fighting sexual violence against women.

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Marilyn Mosby Vogue Interview | New Gallup Data Underscores Sexual Hypocrisy | Women Directors Speak | 80% Of Data About Women Is Missing

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1. Vogue magazine July profiles Baltimore presecutor Marilyn Mosby, who had barely served 100 days in office when she pressed charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. In an article that attempt to explain what makes Mosby tick, we learn about her background and determination to bring a more even-handed sense of justice to Baltimore’s streets.

We learn of her supporters — Kamala Harris, California’s attorney general and now a US Senate candidate, and Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. who is quick to offer praise: ‘I found her open-minded, interested, and taking her job very seriously.’ And criticism against her is also leveled:

“You could argue that the facts and circumstances dictated a swift action,” says Deborah Gramiccioni, the executive director of the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law at NYU. “The problem in these cases is this stuff takes a while to investigate—it just does.” Gramiccioni adds that she’s troubled by the “extrajudicial statements” Mosby made from the podium—for instance, when she said, “to the youth of the city, I will seek justice on your behalf … our time is now.” “Such statements could give the defense an opening to successfully argue for a change of venue because of a tainted and inflamed jury pool,” says Gramiccioni.

2.New data from Gallup’s Values and Beliefs Survey reminds us that Americans of all genders are sexual hypocrites, writes The Daily Beast. Disparities in the consumption of pornography leads the list, but other evidence of ‘do as I say and not as I do’ thinking are pronounced.

‘Gallup also found that only 40 percent of men and 34 percent of women morally accept “sex between teenagers” despite the fact that the majority of men and women do, in fact, have sex as teenagers.’

‘In 2014, the Guttmacher Institute reported that that over 50 percent of both male and female adolescents have had sex by age 18 and over 70 percent have had sex by the time they turn 20 (PDF). The average age of first intercourse in the United States is 17 years old. Either large swaths of Americans regret their teenage sexual escapades, or they’re lying to Gallup.’

Previously on AOC: Sexy Doublespeak | American Women & Sexual Honesty

Statistics Say Conservatives Buy More Porn

3. In 2012, the United Nations Economic and Social Council set down 52 indicators crucial to measuring gender equality in any country. The data considered ranged from standard indicators such as sexual violence against women, maternal mortality ratio and literacy levels, to the less obvious ones such as the number of female police officers and judges in any given country. Policy makers now claim that 80% of the data required is missing and not accounted for. Sub-Saharan Africa is the biggest problem with 82.3% of data missing, but in Europe and Central Asia, the number is 76.1%.

4. Even though women make up 51 percent of the U.S. population, only about 4 percent of movies are directed by women. Of the 220 TV shows, representing about 3500 total episodes, only 14 percent were directed by women

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Republicans Lose Serious Ground With Working Mothers | Bain & KPMG Survey Challenges To Women's Leadership Advancement | Arianna Huffington Signs On

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1. Who knew that Republicans are losing ground with working mothers? The Washington Post reports that nearly half of all working mothers voted for George W. Bush. By 2008, only 40 percent voted for Sen. John McCain. And by 2012, only about a third backed Mitt Romney. 

Conservative strategist Sabrina Schaeffer is increasingly frustrated with the reality that Republican presidential candidates essentially ignore the needs of female breadwinners.

“For years now, Democrats have been saying: We are focused on women in the workplace,” said Schaeffer, executive director of the Independent Women’s Forum, a nonprofit organization that promotes conservative policies. “For whatever reason, Republicans keep ignoring these issues. It’s the absolute worst thing they can do. They need to understand, engage and offer better solutions. They can’t be afraid.”

2. Women who are delaying pregnancy should freeze their eggs by age 35 and be aware that their chances of giving birth decrease significantly once they turn 38, says a new analysis of nearly 4,200 women between ages 38 and 4 who underwent 5,841 IVF cycles.

Birth rates were shown to fall from 24 per cent for those aged 38 and 39 to 15 per cent for 40 and 41-year-olds, 6.6 per cent for women aged 42 and 43 and just 1.3 per cent for those 44 and older.

3. The share of US births to unmarried mothers dropped in 2014 for the first time in nearly two decades, says the National Center for Health statistics. Simultaneously, the total number of births and the US birth rate rose in 201 for the first time in seven years.

The drop in births to unmarried mothers dropped only slightly to 40% in 2014 from a steady 21% since 2008. The last dip occurred in 1995. In 1980 only 18% of births were to unmarried mothers.

Births to younger women are down, accompanied by a rising share of births to older women.  In 2000 36% of births were to women ages 30 and older, reports Pew Research. In 2014, that number rose to 43%

4. Two new studies explore the challenges around cultivating more women leaders. KPMG International, a Big Four accounting and consulting firm, recently launched its inaugural Women’s Leadership Summit. Lynne Doughtie, took to the stage to share findings from the survey the firm conducted with more than 3,000 women, aged 18 to 64, about how the aspiration and ambition to lead is nurtured. The findings were woefully similar to a new Bain study: Women want leadership roles, but something is holding them back.

The KPMG study argues that the ‘socialization of leadership; needs to start at a very young age. When asked to consider the leadership skills they were taught as children, 8% of women reported being taught to be nice to others, while only 34% were encouraged to share their point of view.

5. Arianna Huffington has signed a new contract that keeps her at the Huffington Post through 2019. Huffington founded HuffPo in 2005. Her future and that of ey staff members has been under scrutiny since Verizon Communications Inc. bought AOL Inc last month. Verizon announced this week that it has no intention of selling Huff Po, prompting Huffington to write a memo stating:

‘I am convinced tht we have both the editorial independence and the additional resources that allow HuffPost to lead the global media platform shift to mobile and video.’