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?

 

Saturday
Dec272014

Mooji Issues A Simple & Profound Introduction To Self-Inquiry For All

This minimally-exquisite photo series ‘Postures’ by Sweden-based conceptual photographer Carl Kleiner, captured my attention at Modern Met. Ironically — or perhaps not at all — I connected the downcast flowers with the ‘true self’, as explored in Mooji’s recent video:

‘A Simple and Profound Introduction to Self-Inquiry’

I was introduced to Mooji about six months ago by my dear friend Iman. The connection came at a most difficult time in my life with the sudden death of my best friend and business partner, an absolutely chaotic situation that he left in our GlamTribale jewelry and gift business, and a host of other massive challenges that have no part in my mind at this moment.

Mooji is a major factor in my personal recovery from these dark days, where I awoke every morning waiting for another shoe to drop and was forced to take a six-month sabbatical from Anne of Carversville.

The Bottomless Guilt of Original Sin

Looking at Kleiner’s exquisite, graceful yet downtrodden flowers, contorted into shapes against their will, I am reminded of Mooji’s argument about how we are born in a state of grace — not original sin, as I was told as a child and young adult.

Not only does Mooji not believe in original sin, but neither do my many Jewish friends. It is a very different human psychology to believe that humans sin because we are imperfect, rather than that we are defacto born in a state of original sin, a curse from which we can never escape.The concept of original sin has no place in Buddhism nor Hinuism or Islam.

The concept of original sin is another aspect of the conditioning we begin to inherit the day we are born. We receive a name that may or may not have any connection to our true nature. We inherit the expectations of our parents or the negative feelings of our parents towards us. Not all children are welcomed into this world — a universal truth in every country of the world, no matter what church teachings tell us. Mothers do not de facto celebrate the births of their children.

Mooji says that by the time we are young adults, we are so far removed from our true selves that we are almost lost to our true natures. Besides family, we have schools and communities, fashion magazines and popular culture — each of them telling us who and what we should want to be. Mooji calls this process ‘mind-body conditioning’, and it’s a viscious cycle in 21st century human behavior.

Because I’m a novice student of spirituality outside the world of Catholicism, I’m not easily able to articulate what Mooji means to me at present. I am able to discuss his teachings with a very close friend who has long been a student of Eastern spiritual thought and practice.

At the end of this year 2014 — which can’t be over soon enough for me — I realize that these dark clouds have also brought me stupendous gifts and opportunities to move forward with a new attitude. Mooji is at the center of this journey in self-inquiry — one that lifts beautiful flowers like these by Carl Kleiner out of the confines of their restraints or at least supports their petals skyward into the grace of sunlight. ~ Anne

Carl Kleiner website

 

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Thursday
Dec182014

Redtracker | Women & Subway Safety | Bishop Abby Lane @ Church of England | Banned In Belarus

Women & Subway Safety

1. The Foundation Thomson Reuters probed women’s perceptions of safety in the world’s 15 largest capitals and in New York. Repondents were over 18 years of age and answered questions online. Besides asking respondents about feelings of insecurity, the survey also asked women in they believed someone would come to their aid, if attacked.

Results by city where women felt the least safe were 1.Bogata; 2. Mexico City; Lima; 4. Delhi; 5. Jakarta; 6. Buenos Aires; 7. Kuala Lumpur; 8. Bangkok; 9. Moscow; 10. Manila; 11. Paris; 12. Seoul; 13. London; 14. Beijing; 15. Tokyo; 16. New York.

On average 65% of the 6300 women surveyed believed no one would help them if they were attacked. in Seoul, 90% of respondents believed no one would help them. Paris was in third place at 85%. In London, the ‘no help’ reponse was 74%. via Madame LeFigaro (translate in Google)

 

Women-Only Trains & Buses

2. Just two months after Sao Paolo approved a bill enforcing women-only train carriages in the city’s subway system, England is also talking female-only train cars and buses. Sexual offences have risen 21 percent in a single year in Britain. via

In Sao Paolo, many women have protested the new ‘pink train’ arguing that women should be free to feel safe in public.

In 2011 the Israeli High Court of Justice ruled that gender segregation was unlawful and abolished the country’s “kosher” public buses, in which female passengers were required to sit at the back.

Women-only transportation cars exist in Japan, India, Egypt, Iran, Taiwan, Mexico, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and the UAE.

Banned in Belarus

3. In June 2014, the Belarusian Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare signed off ‘On the amendment of the list of physically-demanding jobs and jobs with harmful and/or unsafe working conditions, for which women may not be recruited.

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Monday
Dec152014

Amber Valletta Launches Master & Muse Socially-Conscious Shopping

Top model and muse, 40-year-old Amber Valletta is lensed by Derek Kettela for The Editorialist.com. Michaela Dosamantes styles Amber, who shares a multitude of ideas with Lauren David Peden. Here are the highlights. 

On Musedom

To master anything, you have to be exceptional and work very hard, and the same for being a muse. A muse is not just (someone) looking beautiful. A muse is actually an active, powerful word.

On Master & Muse

Valletta is using the same pursuit of excellence in her new business venture Master & Muse, an online store for environmental and socially responsible clothing.

Master & Muse by Amber Valletta provides a fun, accessible and informative one-stop-shop for those super stylish, conscientious shoppers who want to buy better – secure in the knowledge that the clothes and accessories they are purchasing are good for them, their family, and the community at large.

Amber credits her mother, an environmental activist ‘very passionate about giving back to the community’, with her decision to launch an eco-friendly fashion website.

Valletta continues:

I grew up on my grandparents’ farm, so I knew about environmentalism even before it was a hot topic and I always had a strong connection to the world around me.

I also saw that there was a disconnect in our (fashion) industry between producing things not just responsibly to the environment, but also to people, and paying people fairly. So when I began to think about my next steps and building a brand, I decided that it needed to match my beliefs.

Master & Muse currently features ‘like-minded’ designers including Clare Vivier, Kayu, Freedom of Animals, Lemlem, Organic by John Patrick, Mich Dulce, Melissa Joy Manning and Vivienne Westwood.

Amber Valletta’s new business venture Master & Muse continues the forward march of Smart Sensuality women and our principles. ~ Anne

 

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Sunday
Dec072014

Madonna's buildOn Alliance Bears Fruit In Malawi 

An Epic Madonna By Mert & Marcus For Interview Magazine December 2014/January 2015

Anne of Carversville is returning to its roots, following closely the philanthropy and smart sensuality activism of the women we love: founding muses Angelina Jolie, Shakira, Alicia Keyes, and Madonna, accompanied by a host of other fabulous women we admire: Christy Turlington, Lupita Nyong’o, Beyonce, Trudi Styler and Ali Hewson — to name a few.

Preparing to update our reporting on Madonna’s philanthropy efforts in Malawi — sorting out fact from fiction (and we’re on her side but always committed to the truth) — I reread Madonna’s recent Interview magazine interview with her buddy David Blaine.

Wow, for real!! Madonna’s says that her son — we assume her son Rocco Richie — is interning with JR. Time to check out the $100,000 TED prize winner JR, founder of the ‘Women Are Heroes’ project, which he completed this summer. (Update coming this week.)

Last year around this time, JR was hanging out at the New York City Ballet, and we’re happy to see that he left Manhattan. A human spirit like JR shouldn’t stay in one place too long and especially in New York, where the divide between the haves and JR’s have nots is really unbearable and getting worse every day.

Madonna in Malawi

Frankly, I’m delighted that Madonna would choose to deliver such a sensually powerful and inspiring set of Mert & Marcus images as she does in the current Art issue of Interview Magazine. The aging superstar remains a dynamo on the world stage, one of the hardest-working and talented women in the music industry, a sexual dynamo and one of the strongest voices for empowering women on the planet.

Checking back with Madonna’s recent Thanksgiving visit to Malawi, it seems that events are settling down between Madonna and Malawi’s new president Peter Mutharika, who named her Malawi’s Goodwill Ambassador for Child Welfare.

Madonna has been visiting Malawi since 2006 and has adopted two children in the country — David Banda and Mercy James, who accompanied her on the trip, along with Rocco. Son David saw his father but Mercy did not see her grandparents, who were lamblasting the pop queen with one public accusation after another, all the while insisting they didn’t want money from Madonna. Why Madge is employing one set of rules for son David and another for daughter Mercy is her business, not the world’s. I can only assume that she has her reasons.

It’s a fact that Madonna has experienced rough sledding in Malawi — some of it her own fault and the rest in accusations out of her control. Madonna’s ‘Raising Malawi’ charity did have disorganization and promise-keeping problems a few years ago. The challenges were severe enough for Madonna to not only fire then Executive Director Philippe van den Bossche and bring in Trevor Neilson, president of the Global Philanthropy Group to reorganize her Malawi charity.

This phase of boiling over issues at ‘Raising Malawi’ appears to have subsided with the arrival of current Executive Director Sarah Ezzy, who is a director at Global Philanthropy Group.

Madonna closed down the Malawian office of ‘Raising Malawi’, headed by then President Joyce Banda’s sister, Anjimile Mtila-Oponyo. opting instead to fund 10 existing schools and not build a $15m girls’ academy. The result was a war of words, one that continues to haunt Madonna but abated somewhat on last week’s trip.

In 2013 Madonna collided with then President Joyce Banda’s office, according to the AP. President Banda alleged that Madonna desired special treatment at the airport as she prepared to exit the country. What happened is the Madonna was stripped of her VIP status, an action that diverted the pop star humanitarian, her kids and her staff from the VIP section of the airport and sent them to standard security checks with regular travelers.

Madonna in Malawi November 2014On a procedural note, as someone who has traveled frequently on a private jet all over the world, this is NEVER the protocol in any country I’ve visited. Fair or not fair, it is NOT the procedure. If you are traveling in a private jet, your papers are handled in a separate space in the airport — one for which you have paid unusually high landing and takeoff fees. Just lifting Madonna’s private jet off the tarmac in Malawi could easily cost $10,000.

Madonna and buildOn

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Saturday
Nov292014

Activists & Masai Warriors Join Forces To End Female Genital Mutilation

Ending Female Genital Cutting

Efua Dorkenoo, a key leader in the movement to end FGC1. Efua Dorkenoo,  a key leader in the international movement to end female genital cutting, has died in London at age 65. Ms. Dorkenoo served as acting director of women’s health at the World Health Organization in the late 1990s, writes the New York Times. She also wrote an influential book — ‘Cutting the Rose: Female Genital Mutilation’ (1996).

Writing an update on FGM (female genital mutilation) or FGC (female genital cutting), the NYT reports progress among younger women in ending the practice associated with tribal societies, not Islam exclusively.

The United Nations voted unanimously in 2013 to recognize female genital cutting as a human rights violation.

In Egypt, where more women have been cut than in any other nation, surveys showed that 81 percent of 15- to 19-year-olds had undergone the practice, compared with 96 percent of women in their late 40s.

AOC has explored news of FGC/FGM for years, tracking the Tostan organization’s successfull efforts in parts of Africa to end the practice with village elders leading the way.

Health Risks of FGM

2. Effects of FGM EndFGM.eu a project of Amnesty International

Immediate consequences of FGM include severe pain and bleeding, shock, difficulty in passing urine, infections, injury to nearby genital tissue and sometimes death. The procedure can result in death through severe bleeding leading to haemorrhagic shock, neurogenic shock as a result of pain and trauma, and overwhelming infection and septicaemia, according to Manfred Nowak, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Almost all women who have undergone FGM experience pain and bleeding as a consequence of the procedure. The event itself is traumatic as girls are held down during the procedure. Risk and complications increase with the type of FGM and are more severe and prevalent with infibulations.

“The pain inflicted by FGM does not stop with the initial procedure, but often continues as ongoing torture throughout a woman’s life”, says Manfred Nowak, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.

Masai Warriors Against FGM

The young Masai tribal warriors battling FGM in Kenya  The Times UK

3. The famous Masai men are acclaimed for being feared and accomplished warriors.  Pictured here, Ole Lelein Kanunga, the leader of young Masai tribal warriors in Entasopia, “a lush oasis of trees and pasture in the otherwise desert flats of this part of southern Kenya”, says that in the month of December, circumcisions will end.You see, December is the month when girls are cut in Kenya, a rite of passage that often results in their not returning to the classroom and marrying instead, with babies on the way.

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Tuesday
Nov252014

Terry Richardson Double Dares Valentino Lovers To "Take Me Out"

I’m curious what it is about these super-simple, ordinary, Terry Richardson tattoed arms that is so important to the folks at Valentino. Richardson continues with another 2015 Resort Valentino Accessories campaign that screams ‘We love Terry’ — as only Richardson’s egomaniac campaigns can bellow. “I’m the guy with the swingin’ big dick, and don’t you forget it,” Richardson informs us in his campaigns. 

Dear readers …  ahem … we know that Richardson has a big swingin’ dick because … well, because he’s photographed it for us. This is not creative license or an exaggerated metaphor on my part.

My long-held issues with Terry Richardson’s photography focus on talent, not his top-of-the-heap, badboy reputation in the fashion industry. And yes, I agree that Richardson was set up on an April 2014 Facebook message to UK model Emma Appleton.

Maybe Terry Richardson is really a great guy; I don’t know him personally. I love his sidekick Tom Ford to death, so don’t call me a prude. And anyone who spends 15 minutes on Anne of Carversville knows I’m not against a free expression of sexy in advertising or in bed.

This week Terry Richardson is drawn into the Bill Cosby controversy — and there is no way that Bill Cosby will dig himself out of this mess. His bag man has receipts from 40 years ago.

Today’s Daily News writes:

Former model Jewel Allison fully embraced the Bill Cosby mythos — family man, knit sweaters, pudding pop pitchman — until the night she accepted his dinner invitation.

By the time she headed back home, sexually abused and vomiting in the back of a cab, Allison harbored no more illusions about the oft-honored comedian.

“We may be looking at America’s greatest serial rapist that ever got away with this for the longest amount of time,” Allison told the Daily News last week. “H

I won’t even ask the questions rolling around in the press this week? You can read for yourself.

Why Is Bill Cosby’s Career Over, But Terry Richardson’s Isn’t? Buzzfeed

Bill Cosby and Terry Richardson: All Accusers Are Not Heard Equally Styleite

Personally, I have no issue with Terry Richardson shooting Miley’ Cyrus’s new ‘Golden Lady’ video. Miley’s a wild child and this is part of the brand persona she brings to Golden Lady. In this context Cyrus and Richardson get on well together.

But Valentino I do not understand. And if Valentino Fashion Group thinks it will ever take the company public, I ask again: what is it that Terry Richardson brings to your brand except mediocre photography and pictures of Terry Richardson.

The Boys Club

I understand buddies wanting to protect buddies but Tom Ford and Terry Richardson do not breathe the same air in the talent department — even when the intent is to be bawdy. When Richardson shot the famous Tom Ford for Men fragrance ad in 2007, I liked it — putting me in a select camp of women who didn’t see the image as degrading and treating women as sex objects.

The image was much more Tom Ford than Terry Richardson and true to his brand. LOL, it was slick and chic rauchy, and Richardson only does raunchy. Dear Valentino folks. If you think your new ad campaign is slick and chic raunchy, please get an honest opinion from Tom Ford. This is business.

This Valentino Accessories Resort 2015 campaign shot by Terry Richardson’s arms — it make NO sense to me. It’s almost as it Richardson and the Valentino team are waving a red flag before our eyes, saying “I double, double dare you to take me out, you up-tight fashionistas. “

Exactly what business sense is behind Valentino’s decision to embrace such a brand message? Call me stupified. ~ Anne

 

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Saturday
Nov152014

With Anita Sarkeesian's Reputation Under Assault, Sarah Lacy's May Be Saved Due To Uber's Dinner Gaffe

The Colbert Report: Gamergate with Anita Sarkeesian

1. Gamergate dishes out death threats. Significant numbers of white, heterosexual males are in revolt as women enter the online gaming space in record numbers. Calling these men trolls is an understatement — say women gamers, led by media critic and Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian.

Case in point is this october 23, 2014 post about an invitation to Sarkeesian to speak at the University of Utah.

I was invited to speak at Utah State University on Wednesday October 15th, 2014 about women’s representations in video games. Sadly, the university received a series of emails threatening to commit “the deadliest school shooting in American history” if I was allowed to speak on campus. When USU and Utah police refused to screen attendees for firearms, citing the state’s concealed carry laws, I was forced to cancel the event. Below is a round up of media interviews I have done recently speaking about the threats in Utah, the epidemic of gendered harassment online, and the larger problem of sexism within the games industry as a whole.

Believe Women’s Stores; They Can Be Astonishing When Exercising Our Rights

Let me say that I’m pretty clueless on this one, not being a gamer. The closest I’ve come to death threats was being stalked and in police protection for a year because I participated in a televised panel in the 1970s where I was asked if I supported the Rose vs Wade decision. I said ‘yes’ with perhaps one more sentence about the famous Supreme Court Decision.

The following week a box was left on my doorstep containing the rope my stalker would use to hang me. This box was followed by one containing a bleeding decapitated animal with a large butcher knife — the same one he would use to stab me. The third box I took directly to the very supportive police lieutenant without opening it.

The night my stalker — now wearing a Halloween mask — flew across the windshield of my car as I back it out of a parking lot, my nightmare ended. I floored my accelerator and drove away, with him rolling off the hood.

Unlike those who accuse Anita Sarkeesian of making up the death threats for self-promotion, I know how zealous one’s opponents can be when the topic is feminism and women’s rights. Watch this:

Anita Sarkessian, Feminist Frequency speech at Portland’s XOXO Festival

The Deniers

As for the opposing forces, Breitbart London’s Milo Yiannopoulos writes in Feminist Bullies Tearing The Video Game Industry Apart:

The journalists who cover games and gamers are subject to similar peculiarities and challenges, which perhaps explains widespread frustration from players that every blog out there seems more concerned with policing misogyny and “transphobia” than reviewing the latest game releases. As a result, gaming sites and their readers have drifted apart in recent years. Journalists have sided with activists to pen soporific op-eds about the need for “equality” in video games, while the people who actually play games just want to know if the latest instalment is good value for money.

Sweden, comprising a constellation that also includes Finland, Norway, Denmark and The Netherlands, leads the world in pursuing equality for women on every front. With great results, I will say. Sweden’s research and development government agency Vinnova, has commissioned a $37,000 US study to examine the prevalence of sexism in video games.

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