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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


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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
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2013 Is A Year of Revelation and Artistic Rejuvenation for Anne

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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?

Are Stay-at-Home Moms Majority of Cheaters On Ashley Madison?

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Saturday
Mar062010

Catholic Church | Men Above the Law

The Vatican has not yet commented on its latest sex scandal in which a chorister was sacked after accidentally being discovered procuring men as sex mates for at least one member of Pope Benedict’s inner circle.

Angelo Balducci, a Gentleman of His Holiness, was caught by police on a wiretap allegedly negotiating with Thomas Chinedu Ehiem, a 29-year-old Vatican chorister, over the specific physical details of men he wanted brought to him. Transcripts in the possession of the Guardian suggest that numerous men may have been procured for Balducci, at least one of whom was studying for the priesthood. via The Guardian

We passed on this story yesterday because neither the Catholic Church nor this website condemns homosexuality, although the Catholic church states unequivocally: “Under no circumstances can they (homosexual acts) be approved.”

I’m more concerned about American bishops defining the terms of health care and reproductive rights of women in this country, than yet another Catholic sex scandal. The bishops are busy guys this weekend, according to Politico.

The Roman Catholic bishops signaled Thursday that if agreement is reached with House leaders on anti-abortion language, the church would work to get the votes needed to protect the provisions in the Senate — and thereby advance the shared goal with Democrats of health care reform. via Politico

If I read this article correctly, the Catholic bishops are literally saying that they will strong-arm the Senate to muscle through their abortion language. Presumably they will threaten enough Senators with re-election problems, to get them to agree with Rep. Stupak’s alleged ‘higher principles’ around abortion language in the health care bill.

My concern about Angelo Balducci escalated, when I read today that he’s also a senior adviser to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, the department that oversees the Roman Catholic Church’s worldwide missionary activities.

I can’t say enough about the good works of Nicholas D Kristof, but the relationship of religion and women remains a tough one for him to balance. 

Last week Kristof praised the work of World Vision, a charity I, too, have supported. The head of World Vision in the United States, Richard Stearns, says the organization bans the use of aid as a lure to religious conversion. I hope so.

Kristof wrote a balanced, factual column about the good and bad of missionaries, hitting all the important points that people like me expect him to address.

Writing about the 10 missionaries in Haiti, based on their own mission statements on their websites, and now reading a Vatican title — ‘Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples’ to describe the Roman Catholic Church’s worldwide missionary activities —  the handwriting is on the wall about the goal of much missionary work.

This is a battle for converts, money and pie chart statistics. Too often, poor people are the pawns.

via Jurvetson on FlickrVatican Morality Police

With all the morality lessons issued to women from Rome, and with Rep. Stupak’s insistence that his faith calls on him to embrace higher principles, it seems fair to share the news that the Vatican’s chief adviser to its worldwide missionary activities is involved in a homosexual sex scandal.

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Friday
Mar052010

Utah Patriarchy Moves to Criminalize Miscarriage

Republican Rep. Carl Wimmer will modify the legislation he’s introduced into the Utah legislature, removing language that could subject to prosecution for criminal homicide, a mother who miscarries because of ‘reckless behavior’.

Only Utah’s more enlightened governor Gary Herbert’s refusal to sign the legislation prevents it from becoming law in Utah.

No, this is not the Taliban talking in Afghanistan. This is Utah, in the United States of America. In Mexico, some states have passsed legislation putting women in prison for 50 years for having an abortion in a country where abortion is also legal. Months later, we see the possibility in action in the US.

Some people don’t believe that American women shouldn’t be charged for having a miscarriage. They argue that the burden of proof is on the women to prove that she wasn’t negligent during her pregnancy. The original language in Wimmer’s bill did criminalize iscarriage, in the most aggressive move against American women yet.

Any husband or the state could prosecute a woman who was negligent in his eyes, or a mother-in-law or sister’s eyes — really anyone — for any behavior that theoretically triggered a miscarriage. Presumably any husband who believed that his wife behaved irresponsibly in any way, thus inducing a miscarriage as if it’s typically a woman’s fault,  could put her in jail for many years.

The state and her husband are in charge of a woman’s body in Utah. Woman is the incubator, nothing more, among Utah politicians. She might as well be a cow. Individual rights don’t belong to women in Utah, but to an embryo or fetus.

Any American woman of any age should think twice about accepting a job in the state of Utah.

In 1991 Utah banned all abortions, even though the law was basically unconstitutional and unenforceable because of Roe vs Wade, the US Supreme Court’s ruling that women are entitles to a safe abortion in America. Getting a legal abortion in Utah remains extremely difficult. Here are the procedures.

Factually-speaking, Wimmer’s new bill is aimed at preventing an isolated case of one woman who paid someone to beat her up, in hopes of having a miscarriage.

Both the House and Senate passed Wimmer’s original bill and the governor has until Monday to sign it, so the Legislature will be moving quickly to try to get the revised bill to Herbert’s desk by then.

One wonders if American women will every wake up to what’s actually going on in this country, before it’s too late.

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Wednesday
Mar032010

Mexico City's Gay Marriages Become Law

On Thursday Mexico City will bask — for better or worse — in the frontline of the gay rights movement and ire of the Catholic Church when a city law legalizing same-sex marriage and adoption goes into effect.

The Catholic Church is vehemently opposed to day marriage, as it is abortion. Whether the Church and Mixico City’s conservative National Action Party (PAN) will effectively thwart legal gay marriage, as they have legal abortion, will unfold.

After a national right abortions bill was passed in Mexico, states altered their laws to say that life begins at conception.

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Wednesday
Mar032010

Afghanistan Mullahs Endorse Birth Control

Burqa-clad Afghan women enter a medical treatment center in Kabul. Behrouz Mehri, AFP / Getty ImagesIn a study that will be difficult to replicate widely, due to the hands-on nature of the initiative,  some mullahs in Afghanistan are strongly embracing the distribution of condoms and spacing of childbirths, in an effort to improve maternal health and child wellbeing in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s maternal death rate of 1,800 per 100,000 live births is topped only by Sierra Leone worldwide, according to UNICEF. The U.S. rate is 11 per 100,000 births.

Under the project administered by U.S.-based nonprofit Management Sciences for Health and funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the use of birth control pills, condoms and injected forms of birth control rose to 27% over eight months in three rural areas. In one area, about half of the women participated.

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Tuesday
Mar022010

Burqas Grow As Global Hot Topic | Riots In India

An opinion piece by Olivier Guitta, posted in the Ethiopian Review and first published by the Global Post, expands our ongoing discussion of burqas with new information. 

For the first time in my reading, a writer has said that many Muslim women were unhappy when President Obama said three times in Cairo that he supported “the right of women and girls to wear the hijab”.

He implied in so many words that it’s cultural imperialism for countries like France and women like me to believe that the majority of women wearing hijab, niqab and burqas have no choice in the matter. My heart hit the floor and never recovered after his speech.

What President Obama was supporting is the same patriarchy that has covered women for thousands of years. Women were veiled before the Quran was written, and all but a few Muslim experts agree that the Quran doesn’t mandate burqas or niqab, only modesty.

Gamal al-Banna, the Egyptian brother of the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, says: “Neither the Koran, nor the hadith require women to wear a headscarf.”

Writer Guitta says that some French Muslim families, for instance, are paid 500 euros (about $680) per quarter by extremist Muslim organizations just to have their daughters wear the hijab (head scarf). To be consistent in my writing, I am neutral about hijab, honestly believing that many educated women choose to wear it of their own volition.

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Tuesday
Mar022010

Macaroons & Cupcakes Make Love Not War

French macarons are one of the sublime pleasures in life, and I have consumed many of the ones pictured above from Ladurée in Paris. Secretly, my favorite is pistachio.

For certain I will write more words about this WSJ story Mon Dieu! Will Newfound Popularity Spoil the Dainty Macaron?

Unlike WSJ, my love of macaroons — The French, including Ladurée, use macaroon— is so profound that I’ve made these decadent sweets a road to world peace.

After watching a long program on history of the Middle East last night — with a focus on Mesopotamia to modern-day Iraq — I’m further convinced that only women, cupcakes and macaroons will save the world.

Men have shredded human existence for thousands of years, as if people were cole slaw or worse yet — beef jerky. In the name of almighty rulers and God, too, there’s been no place for the humanizing influence of macaroons or cupcakes in power.

For the survival of the human spieces, macaroons, cupcakes — and perhaps baklava — must assume primary positions as diplomatic tools.

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Sunday
Feb282010

Breaking the Global Taboos of Menstruation

Nicholas D. Kristof writes up a successful study in Ghana, Africa focused on keeping girls in schools by delivering sanitary napkins. This isn’t a new topic for us at A of C, but reading A Strategy for Keeping Girls in African Schools caused me to put down the coffee cup and reflect on this most basic issue in building girl’s confidence and equality with men.

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