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?


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Eye 12-9-14 | Kate Middleton Art Muse | Taylor Swift 1989 | Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

Eye 12-6-14 | Natural Artistry From Nunzio Paci & Edouard Martinet | Man As Tree

Eye 12-3-14 | A Traveling Education } Meditation Rebuilds Brain Structure | Trends In Remarriage

Eye 11-23-14 Elisabeth Daynes Early Human Sculptures | Annie Leibovitz ‘Pilgrimage’ | Anne Says More Kimye Coming

Eye 11-13-14 | Prince Ea ‘Anti Social Network | VIDA Sustainable E-commerce Site | Barney’s Holiday Windows

Eye 11-9-14 | Neonics & Honeybees | Bee Friendlier Flower Bombing | Whole Foods For Honeybees

Eye 11-5-14 | Toni Garrn Closed Denim For Burkina Faso | Cindy Crawford’s 2015 Art Van Charity Challenge

Eye 10-25-14 | Berlin Light Show Will Commemorate The End Of Berlin Wall | South African Textiles That Bear Witness

Eye 10-19-14 Gisele Bundchen Chanel No. 5 Commercial | Kurdish Women Fighters  Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer Under Intense Pressure

Eye 10-14-14 Zaha Hadid’s Catharsis For Cambodia | WikiLeaks Gets Fashionable | London’s Hackney Fashion Lab

Eye 10-11-14 October 11 Is International Day of the Girl | Honoring Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize & Angelina Jolie As A British Dame

Eye 10-8-14 | H&M Jumpsuit: When Style & War Collide | Amazon Women | Burqa Bans

Eye 10-5-14 | American Parenting as Religion | Elisabeth Holmes Billionaire | Kurdish Women Fighters Update

Eye 10-1-14 | Fondation Louis Vuitton | Vogue Meets Gesquiere | Stella McCartney Redo 

Eye 9-28-14 | Victoria Beckham Has Passion For UN Ambassador Role | Women & Heart Disease | Apologies to UAE Pilot Major Mariam al-Mansouri

Eye 9-25-14 | UAE Pilot Major Mariam al-Mansouri Leads UAE Air Strikes Against ISIS | Domestic Violence Tab Put At $9.5 Trillion Annually

Eye 9-23-14 Emma Watson On Feminism | Zaha Hadid On Architecture | Biomimicry at Blossom Tower

Eye 9-20-14 | Angelina Jolie To Direct ‘Africa’ | ‘I Am Eleven’ Documentary | Are Conservatives Happier In Liberal Countries?

Eye 9-17-14 | US Poverty & Child Development | Stella McCartney’s Green Carpet Collection

Eye 9-15-14 Richard Branson’s Unfulfilled Energy Pledge | G-Spot Science | Malala’s Attackers Arrested.

Eye 9-9-14 Violence Against Women | Scalia & Women’s Rights | Matrilineal Mawlynnong

Eye 9-8-14 | Clintons For Elephants | Organized Crime Deep In Ivory Trade | Clooney & Alamuddin WillWed In Venice

Eye 9/6/14 | Fast Food & Depression | Global Cool Neighborhoods | Liu Wen

Eye 9/3/14 | Dr. Patricia Wright’s Lemurs | Low Carb Diet | Spinach Aids Weight Control

Eye 8/31/14: Global Warming | New Tesla Electric Battery | Elephant Slaughter

Eye 8/29/14 Women In Tech Abrasive | Shakira Pregnant | Abortions At Home

Eye 8/27/14: Beyonce’s Feminism, Moms Against NRA, Women Newscasters, Kurdish Women Soldiers Face ISIS

Eye 8/26/14 SunGlacier | Windowless Jumbo jets | What Is Plagiarism

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Why Is Anja Rubik Bare Breasted On Vogue Russia March 2014 Cover?

Top model Anjs Rubik is lensed bare breasted by Patrick Demarchelier for the March cover of Vogue Russia. The image begs the question of ‘why’. The issue is most assuredly not devoted to the full emancipation of Russian women, including lesbians.

One assumes that the decision is purely gratuitous and designed to generate controversy and online page views. Unlike many blogs and fashion websites, AOC embraces artistic nudity in fashion. However, we don’t embrace nudity to create page views.

Unlike several blogs that come to mind, we never excerpt the nude shot — choosing that single nude view of the female body to showcase — when eight clothed choices exist. I call that objectifying women and dialing for page views.

I agree with Avogadro at TFS that this preview shot of Anja’s editorial is far stronger and is a far better cover shot. ~ Anne



Lara Stone Leads Vogue Paris March 2014 Look At Femme Fatales

Personally, I can’t imagine Vogue Paris Editor in Chief Emmanuelle Alt having any inkling of what makes women femme fatales. With a few rare exceptions, she has stripped Vogue Paris of its sensuality and any exploration of eroticism. When I sense that perhaps Vogue Paris is swinging its attitude towards a more sensual balance, Alt leaves me with sterility all over again.

The prelude to Vogue Paris’ March issue, with a dramatic Lara Stone on the cover, lensed by Mert & Marcus promises us:

“What is a femme fatale?” asks Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt in her March 2014 editorial. “Is she a miracle of nature? A vamp? A master of sartorial enhancement? She’s a fantasy figure, sure, but so complexly drawn that try to name just one or two of these women and you’ll realize that they are all very different.”

To answer the question, we called on not just one, but four generations of muses. Fashion superstar Lara Stone lays bare a troubling beauty in deep black and magnetic red for Mert & Marcus on the cover and from the flaming-hot figure of the model launched by Vogue Paris back in 2007 as she raises the temperature in tuxedos, to Jane Birkin’s essentials and the magnetism of Betty Catroux, via the disturbing innocence of Marine Vacht, the muse takes shape inside the magazine. But she’s not just one woman, the femme fatale is more an iconic, astounding allure that breaks all the rules. This same refusal of classic codes also runs through editorials featuring some of the biggest girls of the moment, including Natasha Poly, Edie Campbell and Karlie Kloss, who readily play with their femininity as they explore what the term really means. And no-one more so than Toni Garrn, who sacrificed her honey blonde locks live for the magazine, in favor of an assertive bob in this issue. Stunning Amazonian women have always been at home in the magazine, evidenced in this month’s supplement of beautiful vintage images from Coming into Fashion, a Century of Photography at Condé Nast, a new exhibition at Paris’ Palais Galliera March 1 - May 25.

Here are some recent Vogue Paris, femme fatale editorials that encouraged me in the last year that the magazine would once again embrace a more erotic mindset. Overall, though, Vogue Paris under Emmanuelle Alt has not kept up with more interesting magazines like W Magazine or Interview.

Is this March 2014 Lara Stone on fire cover a signal of change? It reminds me of an Interview cover.  To be determined. With Emmanuelle Alt, I’ve learned to keep my expectations low. Vogue Paris has become fashion milktoast, as I feared it would when sharing my thoughts:

Must Emmanuelle Alt’s French Vogue Lose All It’s Sensual Soul?

Emmanuelle Alt & Nudity | Will Vogue Paris Remain A Sensual Beacon?

All Vogue Paris editorials

Saskia de Brauw By Terry Richardson For Vogue Paris February 2014

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Dean of Harvard Business School Apologizes To Women | Davos Attendees 16% Women Is No Problem Says Klaus Schwab


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The dean of the Harvard Business School Nitin Nohria appeared before 600 alumni and guests in San Francisco on Monday, delivering a public apology for the school’s treatment of female students and professors. Dean Nohria vowed to make changes at the institution.

Many of the women present, including more than 100 Harvard alumnae, were being honored by HBS Association of Northern California for their impact on business and their communities. Nohria promised to more than double the percentage of women who are protagonists in Harvard case studies from about 9% to 20%.

Women make up a record 41% of this year’s MBA class.

Nohria’s comments come after an in-depth front-page article in The New York Times that described the school’s two-year experiment in dealing proactively with gender inequality. The story fueled dialogue and debate around gender inequality in male-dominated business schools. At Harvard, a third of the female junior faculty left from 2006 to 2007.

“The dean also told the group that last year’s class of female MBA graduates at Harvard received a higher percentage of academic honors than their actual representation in the class of 2013. A record 38% of last year’s Baker Scholars were women. Baker Scholars are graduates who make up the top 5% of Harvard’s graduating class.” via Fortune

Women 16% At Davos

As world leaders met at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this past week, few women were visible. Writing for Huffington Post, Christine Horansky reminds readers that the Davos forum doesn’t picks its own attendees. Rather, it was the decision of its membership organizations to send only 15-16 percent women to one of the world’s most important gatherings of the global, decision-making elite.

The Financial Post reports that the number of women at Davos declined from 2013.

In contrast, when the Forum selected 50 invitees to represent the millennial generation of leaders under 30 at Davos — a group called Global Shapers - half were women.

Analisa Balares, Founder and CEO of Womensphere, has created a global campaign to help close this gap in representation, by inviting women (and men) to raise their voices online in support of #DavosWomen. As is indicative of the times we live in, it is driven by social media, that great democratizer of public discourse. Balares is herself one of the Forum’s Young Global Leaders, a community of leaders under the age of 40.

Symbolically, a session titled “Gender-Driven Growth” with Facebook Inc. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg and Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, happened at the end of the event, starting after many had departed the Swiss resort town.

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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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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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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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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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