Sexual Politics

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


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


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



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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Terry Richardson Embraces Pussy Riot As Many Supporters Of Feminism Vomit

In this photo two members of the Russian dissident punk group Pussy Riot testified before Congress, asking the body to add 16 officials to the list of Russian human rights violators facing US sanctions. The woman — Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (l) and Maria Alekhina (r) — was arrested in 2012 after an obscene actup in a Russian cathedral and then spent two years in prison.

At his invitation Tolokonnikova and her husband Pyotr Verzilov ended up in Terry Richardson’s studio, posing below. While none of us are surprised to see the couple get the Richardson treatment (thankfully fully clothed), it’s quite nauseating to see such a high-integrity couple and strong voice for feminism in the clutches of Terry Richardson’s vision of celebrity art and self-promotion.

As Death and Taxes writes, there is no reason to assume that Tolokonnikova understands the divisive nature of Richardson’s reputation as a fashion photographer. My own view of Richardson is long based on his lack of talent  — not only his reputation as a sexual predator and purveyor of his big dick for public consumption. America has a way of pursuing mediocrity, fame and fortune.

Lady Gaga remains Richardson’s buddy and Pharrell Williams complimented Richardson at the recent CFDAs. That’s their right, but it doesn’t change the opinions of large numbers of fashion followers and insiders who find it particularly agregious that Terry Richardson would photograph such principled actors in the human rights drama as members of Pussy Riot and think he would get a pass. Not that he cares. Terry gets some free publicity and that’s all that matters. ~ Anne


Angelina Jolie's Rousing Feminist Speech For Women In South Africa

On June 11, Angelina Jolie spoke in her role as special envoy to UNHCR at the biannual African Union Summit in Johannesburg. The theme of this year’s summit was the ‘Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development’.

There is a global epidemic of violence against women - both within conflict zones and within societies at peace — and it is still treated as a lesser crime and lower priority.

Women and girls are bearing the brunt of extremists that revel in treating them barbarically. This is inextricably linked to our overall failure to prevent and end conflicts worldwide, which is causing human suffering on an unprecedented level.

Jolie rounded off her speech with an insistance on policies for women that are designed by women, not at the expense of men but alongside them. Her words echoed the He for She campaign, launched by UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson in September 2014.


Michelle Obama Takes 'Let Girls Learn' Project To London's Mulberry School

Michelle Obama Talks Girls’ Education In London

America’s First Lady Michelle Obama was greeted like a true rock star when she visited London’s Mulberry School to promote her joint $200 million US/UK partnership in support of girls’ education. Launched in March, the ‘Let Girls Learn’ initiative will support teacher training, girls’ leadership camps and other community-based global projects that promote the advancement of girls.

The Mulberry School is in ‘an area of high deprivation, writes the BBC. Most students are from the Bangladeshi community and use English as a second language.

On its website, the Mulberry School describes itself as a place ‘where girls’ talents and abilities are nurtured in a safe, creative space and where they can develop their ambitions and the power for self-determination. Our aim is that all pupils should leave the school as highly-qualified, confident and articulate young women with a wealth of experience in the wider world.’

The project is expected to benefit ‘more than 755,000 girls aged 10 to 18,’ according to the press release. Estimates are that 62 million girls are out of school around the world, and most anti-terrorism experts including the US military argue that educating girls is the single greatest deterrent to terrorism on the planet.

The ‘Let Girls Learn’ press release documents a multitude of studies that argue ‘when a girl receives a quality education, she is more likely to earn a decent living, raise a healthy, educated family and improve the quality of life for herself, her family and her community.’

The release also confirmed that ‘girls’ attendance in secondary school is also correlated with later marriage, later childbearing, lower maternal and infant mortality rates, lower birth rates, lower rates of HIV/AIDs and significantly higher earning power.’

‘Every time I meet these girls on my travels abroad, I am blown away by their passion, intelligence, and hunger to learn – and I cannot help but see my daughters in them,’ Mrs. Obama wrote in the Financial Times. ‘Like my own girls, each of these young women has the spark of something extraordinary inside. The only difference is that my girls have had the opportunity to develop their promise

‘The world needs more girls like you growing up to lead our parliaments and our board rooms and our courtrooms and our universities,’ the First Lady told the students at Mulberry School. ‘We need you.’

In her Financial Times op ed, Michelle Obama tips her hand about life after the White House saying: ‘I intend to use my remaining time as first lady — and beyond — to rally leaders across the globe to join us in this work. Because every girl, no matter where she lives, deserves the opportunity to develop the promise inside of her.’


Prochoice Groups Ready To Challenge Roe In Supreme Court | Teen Pregnancy Rate Plummets | OTC Contraception

Abortion & Contraception News

1.US Supreme Court Lets Stand Fourth Circuit Ruling that North Carolina Abortion Law Is Unconstitutional

US The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the state of North Carolina, refusing to reconsider the ruling of an appeals court overturning a state law that would require doctors to perform a mandatory ultrasound on women seeking an abortion in the state. The law also would require doctors to display the ultrasounds and give the woman a mandatory explanation of details that would happen to her fetus.

In December, a unanimous three-judge panel in Richmond’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the North Carolina law was unconstitutional as a violation of the First Amendment.

“The state cannot commandeer the doctor-patient relationship to compel a physician to express its preference to the patient,” Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III wrote in December. 

Other federal court of appeals in Texas and South Dakota have upheld similar laws, traditionally forcing a direct appeal to the US Supreme Court, as happened with North Carolina. The SC is also expected to announce whether it will hear a state of Mississippi. via

2. Pro-Choice Groups Considering Direct Appeal to the Supreme Court Over Texas Abortion Law

After a recent Supreme Court decision upholding a Texas abortion law that would close down almost every remaining health facility in the state, pro-choice groups are changing course and seriously considering a demand that the nation’s highest court must clarify what it means in clarifying when rules governing doctors, clinics or medical procedures become an unconstitutional ‘undue burden’ on a woman’s right to an abortion.

In the 1992 Supreme Court decision Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the decision ruled that: 

“the State may enact regulations to further the health or safety of a woman seeking an abortion, but may not impose unnecessary health regulations that present a substantial obstacle to a woman seeking an abortion.”

“An undue burden exists,” it continued, “and therefore a provision of law is invalid if its purpose or effect is to place substantial obstacles in the path of a woman seeking an abortion before the fetus attains viability.”

3. Senate Reopens Debate On Expanded Access To Contraception

Democratic Senator Patty Murray introduced the Affordability is Access Act, an action that has renewed debate about access to birth control under the Affordable Care Act. The proposed bill requires health insurance companies to cover birth control pills, should they become available over-the-counter.

Many Republicans are pressing on the option of making some contraception available without a prescription, an action that could cost women up to $600 a year, writes The Guardian.

“I believe strongly that women should be able to get the comprehensive health care they need, when they need it — without being charged extra, without asking permission, and without politicians interfering,” said Sen. Murray in a news release.

A recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation  examining 20 insurance carriers in five states - California, Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas - found that almost all the plans limit access to some forms of birth control — either by not covering them at all or by charging a co-pay.

The Guardian article narrates the Republican position on over-the-counter contraception as being driven by major concern that women’s reproductive health issues will be a major topic in the 2016 elections, where it’s very possible that Democrats can retake control of the Senate.

4. Good News! The Teen Pregnancy Rate Continues To Drop

Newsweek reviews multiple studies that confirm a consistent and even accelerating drop in the rate of teen pregnancy. From 1991 to 2013, the number of high school students who report never having sex declined from 54.1 percent to 46.8 percent, according to the CDC. Lisa Romero reports that more than 85 percent of teens who are sexually active are using some form of contraception or birth control.

TV shows have also played a role. One 2014 study concluded that this media that doesn’t glamorize teen sex resulted in an average 5.7 decline in teen births in the 12 months after their debuts. As Mark Regnerus, a sociologist at the University of Texas at Austin, puts it, there is a “growing conviction that teenage pregnancy can really derail a person’s immediate future.”


Art News June 2015 Studies Progress Or Not For Women Artists

The June 2015 issue of ART News is dedicated to studying Women in the Art World. The dense discussion of topics relevant to the lives of women artists worldwide includes a reprint of Linda Nochlin’s famous 1971 essay ‘Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?

Guest contributing editor Maura Reilly, the founding curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum takes a look at the hard statistics in Taking the Measure of Sexism: Facts, Figures and Fixes.

There is no doubt that progress has been made. The New York Times wrote in 2006 that females now comprised 60 percent of students pursuing a ‘high art’ education. Reilly, like Nochlin almost 50 years ago, writes:

The more closely one examines art-world statistics, the more glaringly obvious it becomes that, despite decades of postcolonial, feminist, anti-racist, and queer activism and theorizing, the majority continues to be defined as white, Euro-American, heterosexual, privileged, and, above all, male. Sexism is still so insidiously woven into the institutional fabric, language, and logic of the mainstream art world that it often goes undetected.

In September 2014, ARTNET News asked 20 powerful women in the art world if gender biased and they responded with a thunderous ‘yes’.

Reilly continues with a study of major stats by gender in museums and galleries around the world.

Women artists contributing their perspective to this issue of ART News include Eleanor Antin, Lynda Benglis, Coco Fusco, Chitra Ganesh, Cleopatra’s, K8 Hardy, Deborah Kass, Carolee Schneeman, Cindy Sherman, Shzhzia Sikander, Mikalene Thomas, Betty Tompkins, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Wangechi Mutu, Martha Wilson, Guerilla Girls, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Nairobi born, Brooklyn artist Wangechi-Mutu — a personal favorite of mine — contributes a perspective that goes beyond numbers.

Wangechi Mutu, ‘She side-eye, 2015I think there are other ways as well to note the disparities—nuanced ways in which the absence of women is manifest—in terms of ideas, choice of imagery, type of work curated in exhibitions, and how the female form is presented. How often do women appear in art, and how do they sit and perform in the works? Is the figure always represented as docile, inactive, sexualized, or subordinate? Does she have an inferior role in a larger narrative that emphasizes the superiority of the male protagonist? Is her appearance stereotypical in terms of weight, skin color, hair texture, and facial expression? Statistics help document the unfair representation of women, but studies and analysis of conceptual and intellectual misrepresentation are also important.

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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


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