Sensuality Reads

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

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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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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Saturday
Dec272014

RedTracker | Femen Feminist Arrested At Vatican | Quiet End To American Nun Investigation | Pope Francis Rebuke

Anti-Social Vatican Behavior

1. Femen activist Iana Aleksandrovna Azhdanova is chilling out in a Vatican cell, awaiting possible trial for “disturbing the peace, obscene acts in a public place, and theft.” Her crime? Naked from the waist up in traditional Femen fashion, Azhdanova stormed the Vatican’s nativity scene and plucked the baby Jesus statue out of its crèche. The message “God Is Woman” was written on her torso.

Just In: Vatican Frees Ukrainian Activist Who Bared Breasts In St. Peter’s Square on Christmas Huff Po

In equally dramatic but less onerous fashion with regard to the object of female activists’ actions, three Belgian women of LilithS, the renamed Belgian branch of Femen, threw soggy french-fries and mayo at Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michele, as he commenced an address to a business conference. The women, who were not bare-breasted in Femen tradition, said they were protesting the “criminalization of the poor”.

More Femen on AOC

2. Earlier in the week Pope Francis delivered a scathing rebuke to the Roman Curia, accusing the Catholic male hierarchy of greed, jealousy, hypocrisy, cowardice, and ‘spiritual Alzheimer’s’. Read Pope Francis’ entire speech here. A refined list of 15 spiritual ‘sicknesses’ identified by the address are listed on CatholicCulture.

Some media outlets described the Roman Catholic Cardinals and other members of the Vatican bureaucracy as sitting in a stupefied state of ‘shock and awe’ over the stern lecture from the reform-minded Pope Francis.

Out of the Dog House?

3. We will never know if the Vatican investigation of American nuns launched by former Pope Benedict six years ago would have reached the same conciliatory conclusion as the report presented by a panel of Roman Catholic leaders operating under Pope Francis.

Note that this generally positive and supportive report does not conclude a separate and ongoing investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, an umbrella group that represents about 80 percent of American nuns.

Speaking after the release of the current report, Mother M. Clare Millea, the American nun who directed the investigation, said “Sorry, folks. This is not a controversial document.” Note that some American nuns, who enjoyed an outpouring of support from their churches and communities, refused to even answer the questionnaire sent to them. The report did cite the fact that some nuns felt that bishops and priests did not solicit or welcome their input and opinions on “pastoral decisions which affect them or about which they have considerable experience and expertise.” 

The report did not carry forward a critical judgement that American nuns suffered from a rising ‘secular mentality’ and ‘a certain feminist spirit’, as more than one Vatican official warned at the 2009 inception of the study.

Also: Vatican diplomatic successes with nuns, the US and Cuba National Catholic Reporter

Download entire report at Georgetown Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate

‘Get Thee To A Nunnery” No Longer Holds Holy Water

4. Hamlet’s infamous admonition to Ophelia is falling on deaf ears, based on a Pew Research article and statistical focus on Catholic nuns published in August 2014.

The number of American Catholic priests has decreased by 35% in the last five decades, leaving one in five parishes without a holy man in charge. Priests aren’t getting any younger, writes USA Today. The average age is 63.

However, the number of American nuns has fallen by 72% over the same period. The average age of American nuns is in the mid-to-late 70s, a full decade and more older than priests.

5. Salon reprinted an article from June 2014

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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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