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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Sunday
Mar292015

Empowering Women With Loans To Dig Wells & Create Local Water Supply

Woman | Anai Ekalino By Natasha Kertes In ‘The Story of Aquarius’ At AfroStyle Magazine

I stumbled into this marvelous and original fashion editorial today, a 2013 collaboration between Miami-based photographer Natasha Kertes and Sudanese model Anai Ekalino. ‘The Story of Aquarius’ is an excellent example of AOC’s mission of ‘felling women’s stories, from fashion to flogging’.

The fetching of the water has long been mostly the work of women and children in the developing world. Surveys from 45 developing countries confirm that women and children get the water in 76% of households. Surveys from Africa confirm that women and girls get 90% of the wood and water, devoting up to 6 hrs. each day doing it.

Let me take a few moments to talk about water as a women’s empowerment issue.

Water.org shares these water facts:

Women also struggle most from the lack of adequate sanitation, the often unspoken part of the water and sanitation crisis. The sanitation crisis for women can be summed up in one word: ‘dignity.’ Around the world, fewer than one person in three has access to a toilet. In many countries, it is not acceptable for a woman to relieve herself during the day. They wait hours for nightfall, just to have privacy. This impacts health and puts their safety at risk. About half of all girls worldwide attend schools without toilets. The lack of privacy causes many girls to drop out when they reach puberty.

The dual aspects of the water crisis – lack of water and of sanitation – lock women in a cycle of poverty. They cannot attend school; they cannot earn an income.

Based on the success of women’s microlending, NGOs and philanthropic organizations are working to help women take out small loans for household water connections and toilets, as well as a central well in their community.

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Tuesday
Mar242015

Angelina Jolie Has Second Surgery | Jolie's Impact On BRCA Screening Is Huge | Religious-Affiliated Catholic Women Support Contraception Mandate

 

Angelina Jolie Has Second Surgery

1. Angelina Jolie shared one more reason why she is among the world’s most admired women, writing an op ed in The New York Times about her latest preventive surgery. Two years ago the world star had a double mastectomy after learning that she carries the BRCA1 gene. Angelina Jolie Pitt, the name she used in today’s op ed, had an 87% risk of getting breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer and lost her mother, grandmother and aunt to cancer.

Jolie’s recent surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes was always part of her health management plan, but a recent blood test and follow-up medical treatment prompted her to act now.

At the time of her double mastectomy, Jolie wrote: ‘I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity.’

In today’s piece, Jolie reached out to women, saying ‘I feel feminine and grounded in the choices I am making for myself and my family. I know my children will never have to say ‘Mom died of ovarian cancer”.

High Impact on Women’s Health

2. In 2014 Dr. Harold Burstein from the Harvard Medical School shared news of Angelina’s impact on women getting checked for BRCA mutations. Calling her first op-ed ‘a model of medical writing’, Dr. Burstein referred to a study at the University of Toronto that examined both an increase in medical screenings and whether the subjects were medically appropriate candidates or just nervous nellies.

Focusing on their own populations in Toronto, the doctors concluded that the number of BRCA! and BRCA2 screenings doubled as a result of her op ed. The candidates for the screenings were ABSOLUTELY women who should be screened. A secondary effect was a strong increase in physician referrals by doctors influenced by the Jolie effect, health workers who probed more deeply into women’s medical histories.

Gender Pay Gap In Nursing

3. Only 7-10% of nurses are male, but a new study of 290.000 registered nurses found that a pay gap had not narrowed within traditional workplace nursing or specialty nursing from 1988 to 2013.

Researchers concluded that male nurses make $5,100 more on average than female colleagues in similar positions. male cardiology nurses on average were paid $6,000 more. Among nurse anesthetists, where men represent 40% of the population, they were paid $17,200 more on average than female nurse anesthetists.

Religious Women On Contraception Mandate

4. Conservative and religious men have led a relentless onslaught against the contraception mandate — covering access to birth control as part of women’s health coverage under Obamacare.

Women’s voices haven’t been heard in any significant way on the subject, particularly because the charge was led by the Catholic Church where women have little influence.

Elizabeth Patton, an OB/GYN and health-services researcher at the University of Michigan decided to talk to women who self-identify with a religious entity such as a hospital, university or even a secretary to the male leader screaming the loudest.

Catholic women — including nuns— support the contraception mandate. 63% of Catholic affiliated women, second only to 66% of Protestant affiliated women, reports the Public Religion Research Institute. What the cardinals and priests are saying doesn’t at all reflect the thinking of the women.

The women who were most likely to say they opposed the mandate were from conservative-leaning denominations, such as  Baptists, non-denominational Christians, Pentecostals, and Mormons. Fewer than 50 percent of these women supported the mandate.

AA Under the Microscope

5. The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous by Gabrielle Glaser for The Atlantic

Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective.

Thursday
Mar192015

Shailene Woodley Can Stand For Women's Rights While Not Being A Feminist, But Does She?

Teen Vogue describes actress Shailene Woodley as one of Hollywood’s few ‘earnest’ young actresses. She’s a Hollywood rebel but not a deliberate one, writes TV.

Woodley is pictured here, styled by Barbara Baumel for Elle US April 2015, lensed by Michael Thompson.

Of course, I’m sad that — unlike Beyoncé and Emma Watson — Shailene Woodley rejects the term ‘feminism’ at a time when women’s rights are under assault worldwide. Woodley says she chooses to not define herself with labels, and this is a position I can respect.

At the same time, I’m exhausted with folks who work for equal rights for the world’s women — me for one — getting a bad rap for being’ divisive’. Anyone who reads AOC knows that I actually consider myself a ‘man’s woman’ and a great friend to men. Yet I work unrelentingly to help women everywhere, while fully embracing the term ‘feminist’. The word signifies nothing more than a person who believes in equal rights for women, and only feminism’s fringe has made it divisive. 

As an anonymous member of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity told Philadelphia Magazine last night, ‘Men Will Be Men’. He told us all to stop being sanctimonious and get real. Men have done stupid things and had their way with women for thousands of years, said the frat guy.

On the one hand, posting naked photos of unconscious or sleeping nude women on private fraternity pages isn’t at all the ‘crime’ outlined in the new documentary ‘India’s Daughter’ about the prevalence of rape in India and why women deserve it. And yet, there is a duality between the two actions that is cemented in a pervasive, global male entitlement over women’s bodies… and their wages … and their identities as ‘good women’.

Rather than jump on Shailene Woodley words and make headlines of her comments to Elle Magazine that she’s not a ‘feminist’, I want to learn more about her — what are her actions.

Does she do anything to help women, or is the plight of the world’s women and children just not on her radar. Her actions will determine what I say next on this exploding topic of whether a young woman in any country considers herself to be a ‘feminist’. This seems to be the new interview question — which just may be divisive in itself.

American women, in particularly have been notoriously absent from international actions for poor women. We have gotten better since 2009, when we were conspicuously absent from the issue except for then Secretary of State Clinton’s total change out of State Department policies on the plight of women globally.

In the coming months we will be tracking this issue with our original focus on Smart Sensuality women: sexy, smart and with great heart. And we will have two lists of women — those who live with a feminist mindset and who don’t, with both lists inspired more by actions than labels.  ~ Anne

 

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Wednesday
Mar182015

RedTracker: Loretta Lynch Nomination Held Hostage In Abortion Politics | PA Frat Boys Could Face Serious Charges Over FB Nudies of Unconscious Women

McConnell Puts Miss Loretta on Hold

1. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell promises that Loretta Lynch’s confirmation vote as US Attorney General will not come to the Senate floor, until the chamber gets a final vote on the human trafficking bill. The vote on what was considered to be a bipartisan bill with wide support hit a last-minute impasse over anti-abortion language that has been in the bill since early January. Democratic accusations of last-minute changes in the bill are incorrect.

Democrats have promised to filibuster the bill until the no-abortion provision for victims of sex-trafficking is removed. This same language has been used in other legislation and President Obama has not signalled that he will veto the bill if the anti-abortion provision remains.  via Politico

Related: The Abortion Language in the Sex Trafficking Bill Would Make Life Harder For Rape Victims Huff Po

2. Loretta Lynch was profiled in The Atlantic this week, sharing new information about her North Carolina heritage. The nominee was the top student in her senior class but the administrators of Durham High School asked her not to claim her won spot of class valedictorian but share it instead with two white students to avoid controversy. This event occurred — not in the 1950s — but in 1977.

As a youngster, Miss Loretta did so well in her standardized tests, that her largely white elementary school asked her to take the tests again. Lynch complied and scored even higher the second time.

Boys Will Be Boys - When Will They Ever Grow Up?

3. The criminal investigation and severity of potential charges for current and/or former members of Penn State’s Kappa Delta Rho fraternity hedges on the victims’ participation, writes BuzzFeed.

Police are urging women pictured in the closed-group Facebook pages to come forward and assist in the investigation. State College police said at a press conference that those responsible for posting photos of mostly naked women — while sleeping or unconscious — could be charged with misdemeanors of harassment and invasion of privacy.

Women legal experts seemed to view the charges as potentially more serious. ‘If they got the women doped up or intoxicated for the purpose of taking the pictures, then that would be a felony,’ said Jill Engle, a law professor at Penn State University, who also agreed that the women had to come forward.

Marina Angel, a professor at Temple Law School, suggested that if FB page members intentionally inebriated the women to take the nude photos, that would be a felony. If the women didn’t take off their own clothes, then they are victims of sexual assault, Angel explained.

Controlling Women’s Bodies

4. The latest headlines in fight to preserve women’s rights in America:

Montana House Passes Telemedicine Abortion Ban RH Reality Check

Idaho Telemedicine Abortion Ban Moves Through Senate RH Reality Check

Catholic bishop says women who become pregnant through rape should not ‘destroy a life in order to get back at the rapist’ The Independent UK

How states are playing politics with women’s bodies CNN

Texas GOP lawmaker: Women Will die if state defunds Planned Parenthood Salon

GOP Rep. Sarah Davis, herself a cancer survivor, is fighting back against her parties determination to end Planned Parenthood cancer screenings for poor Texas women.

From India: Rap Against Rape

The controversial ‘India’s daughter’ BBC documentary was released ahead of schedule in Britain on March 4, 2015. We will shortly install the entire documentary in AOC Salon on this link no later than Saturday, March 21.

After BBC’s documentary ‘India’s Daughter’ surfaced online with an interview with one of the accused — Mukesh Singh — being the source of incredible statements about women in India, all hell broke loose. The film, made by Leslee Udwin, was banned by the Indian government and is on appeal with India’s Supreme Court. Indians were offended when the Delhi’s Nirbhaya gang rape case was the subject of the documentary, even though the rape brought people, including large numbers of men, into the street on behalf of women victims.

Trailer: ‘India’s Daughter’

Saturday
Mar142015

Rachel Ignotofsky Makes Art Of Women Scientists

As a young Missouri prairie girl, Rachel Ignotofsky was torn between being an artist and a scientist. Today Rachel has blended her passions in guurl-friendly, message-driven drawings celebrating women in science. Her designs highlight each woman’s accomplishments and discoveries. Rachel says there are a total of 50 brainiac heroines mapped out in her head, with seven now brought to life. They include Jane Goodall, Rosalind Franklin, Marie Curie, Valentina Tereshkova, Mary Anning, Grace Hopper and Patricia Bath.

Ignotofsky’s Etsy shop features her prints and drawings on a variety of products including tees, pillows and more. 

Coincidentally, Jane Goodall, the world’s most famous conservationist and voice of chaimpanzees is featured in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine in Jane Goodall Is Still Wild At Heart

The Magazine also explored the issue of why there are no few women in science in October 2013. The reasons are many and strikingly NOT exclusively the result of women’s lack of confidence or an inability to juggle work and family. 

Last summer, researchers at Yale published a study proving that physicists, chemists and biologists are likely to view a young male scientist more favorably than a woman with the same qualifications. Presented with identical summaries of the accomplishments of two imaginary applicants, professors at six major research institutions were significantly more willing to offer the man a job. If they did hire the woman, they set her salary, on average, nearly $4,000 lower than the man’s. Surprisingly, female scientists were as biased as their male counterparts.

 

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Wednesday
Mar112015

Madonna Calls Out Gay Men's Misogyny In Out Magazine April 2015 Interview

Madonna receently held court with a series of reporters, promoting her new album ‘Rebel Heart’. Last on her schedule was Out Magazine’s Christopher Glazek, whose interview ‘The Many Heresies of Madonna Louise Ciccone’ is published in the latest issue of due on newsstands March 17. Mert & Marcus share bondage-themed shots of the pop star cyclone, who is not known for keeping a stiff upper lip.

Madonna Says Women Remain Most Marginalized Group

Madge turns her tongue not only to women’s rights, as has been widely reported:

To me, the last great frontier is women…Women are still the most marginalized group. You’re still categorized—you’re either a virgin or a whore. If you’re a certain age, you’re not allowed to express your sexuality, be single or date younger men.

The has plenty to say about some gay men and their tepid support for women’s rights. Not only does Madonna break down the real-deal story of Joan of Arc as a strong woman abandoned by her gay male, gutless dauphine. The superstar speaks frankly about a deep-seeded misogyny against women and especially heterosexual women within the LGBT community. 

Madonna’s comments echo those of 2015 Academy Awards best supporting actress Patricia Arquette, who was criticised loudly for suggesting that multiple groups — including the LGBT community — must stand for women. The debate became one about intersectionality, political correctness,  and white women high-wage earners and not Arquette’s sound argument that all women are entitled to expect support for women’s rights after so many have stood for LGBT rights.

These views were not spur of the moment, delivered instead one week later in followup comments to Glazek.

Gay rights are way more advanced than women’s rights. People are a lot more open-minded to the gay community than they are to women, period.” For women, she feels, the situation has hardly improved since 1983. “It’s moved along for the gay community, for the African-American community, but women are still just trading on their ass. To me, the last great frontier is women.

Rose McGowan On Gay Misogyny

Glazek gives a boost to the blonde ambition’s theory by citing the November 2014 uproar in which Rose McGowan:

  … was burned at the virtual stake for calling out gay misogyny. True, McGowan did not help her cause with the taunting assertion that gays had ‘fought for the right to stand on top of a float wearing an orange Speedo and take Molly, but then, neither did she threaten anyone’s life, in jest or otherwise.

 

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Sunday
Mar082015

Tamy Glauser Talks Sexual & Gender Identity, Lensed By Federico Cabrera For REVS Magazine #8

Model Tamy Glauser invites us into her personal, sensual world and questions about sexual identity, lensed by Federico Cabrera for ‘Delusion’ for REVS magazine No. 8. Tamy is styled by Teri Nitti with makeup by Tom Wennerstrand.

Tami dons a mask by Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal Haute Couture, but her dialogue with Pirita Litmanen on gender and sexuality in ‘Tamy Glauser on Delusion’ is open and unfettered.

It is hard to understand that people don’t always know if I am a girl or a boy. I feel like a girl and for me it is an obvious thing. When I walk on the street here in Paris, they stop me saying ”monsieur”. It happens so often I’ve stopped explaining myself already.

When I was younger, I tried to look girly and kept my hair long even though it didn’t feel right. It wasn’t until years later when I moved to New York that I realized nobody really cared how I looked like. I could just be me.
In New York I also learned to be ok with my sexuality. I think I knew I was gay for a long time but I fought it. I just couldn’t relate to the rough and manly image I had of gay women. During the 3 years I spent in New York I learned that I can be whatever I am and like whoever I want; male, female, it’s all the same.

The model, whose mother is half-Nigerian, hopes to be an example for other young people who are struggling with sexual identity. Simultaneously, Tamy Glauser reminds readers that ‘I am not all about my sexuality. I am not Tamy and gay. Gender and sexuality should not matter. They exist as a part of me, that’s all.’

 

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