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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?

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Wednesday
Jan292014

On Six Vs. Magazine Spring/Summer 2014 Cover, 3 Eyes Are Wide Open & Others Empty

Refinery 29 writes that although Vs.Magazine’s spring/summer issue features six covers of Emilia Clarke, Christy Turlington, Soo Joo Park, Stacy Martin, Julianne Moore and Helena Christensen, who also serves as guest editor, it’s really about Emilia Clarke. The breakout star again comes to life soon in the season premiere of ‘Game of Thrones’.

Funny, that’s not what caught my eye at all — which isn’t talking anything away from Emilia Clarke — except that unlike Turlington, Moore and Christensen, the actress is barely making eye contact and her eyes aren’t demanding our focus. Neither are Martin or Park, which are quite posed.

What struck me about these covers is the fierce gazes of the older women. A wide range of rich experience and meeting life head-on, as Helena, Christy and Julianne have a reputation for doing, has rendered them compelling in these images. Presumably each of the younger women has the potential to own eyes like these some day, but for now Christy, Helena and Julianne dominate the younger women. Nice. ~ Anne

 

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Sunday
Jan262014

Chantal Thomass, Red Wine Is More Sensual Than Coca-Cola Light

I adore the iconic lingerie designer Chantal Thomass — even more so lensed by Ellen von Unwerth in Coke Light France’s latest collaboration. Previous campaigns have included Jean-Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, and Marc Jacobs

Chantal Thomass designed this show opening ensemble for Naomi Campbell in the 1996 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, one of several projects that we collaborated on for Victoria’s Secret when I was the fashion director. 

My record of holding French women in high regard is clear. (Read my 2008 Compared to American Women, French Women Don’t Get Fat and Have Hot Sex At Every Age and my 2010 Aging American Women Should Move to France. That’s for starters. 

However, one little distress signal that went off in my mind reading about Coke Light France’s new campaign with the svelte Chantal Thomass is the growing body of scientific evidence that Diet Coke works against our having slim bodies. (Read last year’s Is Marc Jacobs Defying Obesity Science Promoting Diety Coke?)

A week ago America’s Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released new information about the expectation that drinking diet beverages will decrease calorie consumption.

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Tuesday
Jan212014

Dasha Zhukova's BDSM Throne Bashing Is Well Deserved

While I dispute Styleite’s headline ‘Today in Racist ‘Art’: Miroslava Duma’s Site Places White Socialite on Black Woman Bondage Chair’, the use of Norwegian artist Bjarne Melgaard’s provocative chair inspired by British pop-artist Allen Jones is offensive to me, too. Street style maven Miroslave Duma published the image of Garage editor-in-chief Dasha Zhukova sitting on her BDSM throne. I do agree that uploading the photo on Martin Luther King Jr’s day of honor in America is utterly tactless.

My own intense dislike of Allen Jones’ art is grounded in its being an aggressive, misogynist, artistic statement against women. There is simply no other way to interpret the intention of his art and the mindset of people who buy his work. I could care less if the Tate has given Jones a show, and the protests by those who own this art fall on my deaf ears.

 

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Saturday
Jan182014

Abigail Disney Defends Meryl Streep's Calling Walt Disney A 'Gender Bigot'

Talk about an empowered woman!!! Over 30 years ago Meryl Streep made a statement that I honestly can’t make even today: “I can’t remember the last time I really worried ab out being appealing. It was a really long time ago.

Now THAT is a Smart Sensuality Woman talking. She is inherently confident, proud of herself and her accomplishments but not obsessed with vanity. OK, Meryl, I’ll try to be you when I grow up.

Meryl Streep made news this week on multiple fronts. The actress told Ellen DeGeneres that she was “really shocked” to earn an 18th Oscar nomination for her performance in ‘August: Osage County’. “You read the papers and they all say, ‘Oh she doesn’t have a chance,” Streep said. “I’m old news.”

The Smart Sensuality activist side of Meryl Streep has been at work, too, in the month of January. Streep made a speech at the National Board of Review dinner on January 7, in honor of good friend and actress Emma Thompson for her portrayal of Mary Poppins’ creator, PL Travers in the Disney film ‘Saving Mr Banks’.

In her speech, Meryl Streep called Walt Disney a ‘gender bigot’ and added that he had ‘formed and supported an anti-Semitic industry lobby’. But the setup also saluted feminism at its best. Streep lets loose and Vanity Fair has the entire speech:

Here’s a letter from 1938 stating his company’s policy to a young woman named Mary Ford, of Arkansas, who had made application to Disney for the training program in cartooning. And I’m going to read it here in Emma’s tribute because I know it will tickle our honoree, because she’s also a rabid, man eating feminist, like I am.

Dear Miss Ford,

Your letter of recent date has been received in the inking and painting department for reply. Women do not do any of the creative work in connection with preparing the cartoons for the screen, as that task is performed entirely by young men. For this reason, girls are not considered for the training school. The only work open to women consists of tracing the characters on clear celluloid sheets with India ink, and then filling in the tracing on the reverse side with paint, according to the directions.

When I saw the film, I could just imagine Walt Disney’s chagrin at having to cultivate P.L. Travers’ favor for 20 years that it took to secure the rights to her work. It must have killed him to encounter, in a woman, an equally disdainful and superior creature, a person dismissive of his own, considerable gifts and prodigious output and imagination.

Bravo Meryl Streep, a quintessential Smart Sensuality woman. Of course, a furor from opposing sides ensued after Streep called Walt Disney an anti-Semitic gender bigot. The great-niece of Walt Disney supported the actress. Abigail Disney, 54, an activist and filmmaker wrote that although she has “mixed feelings” about Walt Disney, she “loved” Streep’s comments about her famous relative.

Anti-Semite? Check. Misogynist? OF COURSE!!Racist? C’mon he made a film (‘Jungle Book’) about how you should stay “with your own kind” at the height of the fight over segregation.’King of the Jungle’ number wasn’t proof enough!! How much more information do you need?”

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Thursday
Jan162014

To Be Better Understood, Anne Learned To Do Serious Uptalk

Both Genders Do Uptalk But Women Do It More Often

I feel compelled to weigh in on Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s comments on ‘uptalk’, previous known as ‘Valley Girl’ talk. The myth that only women do ‘uptalk’, basically ending a statement or sentence with a lilt in the voice, rather than a more declarative downward finale, has been debunked. Researchers now claim that men also do uptalk, but women outnumber them two to one.

Senator Gillibrand was speaking yesterday at The Atlantic’s Shriver Report summit on women and poverty. As expected, Gillibrand mostly focused on policy issues: universal pre-K, affordable daycare, paid family leave, etc. During the questioning period, a male member of the audience asked about a stickier gender conversation: women who hold themselves back through their self-presentation.

Instead of responding with a Lean In-style answer, the senator gave a more nuanced answer, writes The Atlantic.

“The interesting thing about women is that we are often collaborative in nature,” Gillibrand said. “We generally prefer to be well-liked, and we like for people around us to be happy. These are some skills we learn being mothers and daughters: We feed everyone at the table, try to make everyone happy …”

At this point, her interviewer, National Journal’s Ron Brownstein, interrupted. “What’s wrong with you?” he asked with a sly smile.

Gillibrand smiled and demurred, providing a real-time illustration of her observations about men and women’s social tendencies. 

“This issue of likability. For a lot of young women, they want to be well-liked. If they’re too aggressive, or too pushy, or too declarative, they won’t be well-liked,” she said.

Anne Learned To Do Uptalk, AKA Known As Going To Charm School

Bingo! In my case, learning to do uptalk required a total remodulation of my Manhattan voice after I became an executive at Victoria’s Secret. Perhaps midway in my 10-year tenure at Victoria’s Secret, after I became the head of product development and fashion director, I found myself in a situation where I had to influence many VS buyers and other executives within the organization.

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Wednesday
Jan152014

Thayaht's TuTa Or Jumpsuit Reflects Italian Futurism's Scorn For Women

Irina Nikolaeva & Katya Riabinkina By Ben Weller For W Magazine February 2014

W Magazine’s new editorial ‘Singular Sensation’ pays tribute to the Florentine designer Thayaht, who conceived the unisex jumpsuit as “the most innovative, futuristic garment in the history of Italian fashion”. The all-in-one TuTa, as Thayaht called it, reflected core beliefs of the Italian Futurist movement, led by Filippo T. Marinetti and his 2009 ‘Futurist Manifesto’.

Jumpsuits are a key component of today’s androgynous fashion looks, but their foundation stems from a set of values I personally find misogynistic, and ones that reflect my own ambivalence about fashion’s relationship with femaleness in general.

After all, ‘Scorn for Women’ was one of 10 key planks in the Futurist Manifesto and a core concept in fascists movements, ones that invariably seek to desensualize women’s bodies while controlling our reproductive functions.

Despite the fact that the Futurists claimed to despise and tear down all forms of tradition, their incredible misogyny represented a traditional view of the relationship between gender and technology and the role of women in society, a view which meshed quite easily with the militarism and pro-natalism of Italian Fascism in the 1930s and 40s. In her study of the relationship between Futurism and Fascism, Anne Bowler illustrates that for Marinetti “the originary moment of Futurism was critically related to the larger social and political crisis of Italy. From the beginning, Futurism found its ideal embodiment in the values of a nationalist campaign of war and destruction that was to inaugurate Italy’s rise to world power, the violent annihilation of the past, and a complete aestheticization of politics and everyday life” (Bowler 763-4). In the Futurist Manifesto, he wrote that war was “the world’s only hygiene,” (Bowler 763). This emphasis on the “aestheticization of politics” mirrors the Fascist program and allows for a consideration of the world of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a world in which all previous forms of artistic and design expression have been streamlined into simple representation of function. Offred remarks that “they decided that even the names of shops were too much temptation for us. Now places are known by their signs alone” (Atwood 25). The all-seeing eye of the Guardians watches each citizen, and the Gileadean preoccupation with purity is a twinned obsession, emphasizing not only the purity of the body but the purity of the body politic. via

Personally, I love jumpsuits and many are quite flattering and sexy. But let us not romance away their origins in yet another example of women’s history being rewritten. The origin of the TuTa as it relates to women is purely misogynistic. ~ Anne

Monday
Jan132014

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Hawaii Selfies

Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley shares utterly gorgeous, artistic selfies from her recent Hawaii vacation. We discovered them looking for Rosie news after posting her Spring 2014 Autugraph lingerie images this morning.

 

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