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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Chronicle of Philanthropy Documents 2009 11 % Drop in Giving

The Chronicle of Philanthropy has released its Philanthropy 400 ranking of organizations that raise the most from private sources. Donations to the nation’s biggest charities dropped 11 percent last year, a decline that was the worst in the two decades.

Most nonprofits don’t expect 2010 fundraising to be much better, with a projected median increase of just 1.4 percent, according to The Chronicle.

The 400 institutions in the survey raised $68.6-billion in 2009.

The Top 10

Among the 10 charities that raised the most last year, six reported declines. Giving to United Way Worldwide (No. 1) decreased by 4.5 percent and to the Salvation Army (No. 2) by 8.4 percent, the smallest declines among the top-ranking groups.

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Loving Relationships | 32 Health Benefits of Sex

Today’s focus on sensuality and the good life looks at the science behind 32 health benefits of sex with a trusted partner. 

Naysayers, please read on, because science is on my side.

The health benefits of sex is not a Cosmo tale for “silly blondes”, but rather a rich landscape of high-priority, vital information for maximum health and aging. Let’s get started because this is one pill I want you to swallow often. 

32 Health Benefits of Sex

1. Stress reduction

Oxytocin released during orgasm definitely reduces stress, by lowering cortisol levels.  Women stress about money more than men and tend to take To Do lists to bed with them. Sexual intimacy can be a richly-rewarding, free experience. Properly planned and with both parties being “present” and engaged during sex, many more stress-reducing health benefits of sex are outlined in research.

Female orgasms can only be triggered when the amygdala — the brain’s fear and anxiety center—is turned off.  This medical reality is another reason why foreplay is important as part of sexual activity.

2. Immunity boost

Psychologists at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre determined that moderately sexually-active people — having sex once or twice a week —  had higher levels of immunoglobulin lgA. IgA binds to pathogens at all the points of entry to the body, then calls on the immune system to destroy them.

Confirming that too much of a good thing isn’t good for immune systems, the benefits of sexual activity didn’t extend to the most sexually-active people in the study. Also the study doesn’t clarify if the sexual events among the most sexually active participants involved different partners. It’s also possible that the parties had high anxiety levels and used sex for release. Stress and anxiety make lgA go down. 

3. Cardiovascular benefits

A 1997 British study of 918 men from Caerphilly in Wales concluded that men who had intercourse twice a week or more were less likely to have heart attacks and other fatal coronary events. Men who had sex less than once a month had twice the rates of fatal coronary events, compared with those with the most sexual activity. 

Estrogen lowers bad cholesterol, particularly in women. This benefit can be erased as women age, leaving their HDL cholesterol to rise. 

4. Increased circulation and blood flow, including the brain

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Women of the Wall's Anat Huffman Still Not Officially Charged in Western Wall Incident

Beyond the Veil| Co-founder of Women of the Wall Anat Hoffman will speak this Friday evening at the Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York. Hoffman was arrested on July 12, 2010, for carrying a Torah scroll at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, considered to be the holiest site in Judaism. Women are not allowed to pray at the Western Wall in the most holy area reserved for Orthodox men.

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In Praise of Macaroons, Peace Treaties & Women Breaking Bread Together

Without a doubt I get as winesappy as a badly-made pie crust, and this is one of those occasions.

Our writing at Anne of Carversville is always a series of connecting dots in seemingly unrelated events. My Sensually Yours column is primarily devoted to the pursuit of health and longevity through sexual wellness, which includes eating sexy foods that are increasingly tied to healthy brains and bodies.

It’s also my belief that honoring Nature, rather than dominating and destroying her, is key to living a good life. Living in the small Bucks County village of Carversville grounded me in the importance of natural sensuality in our lives.  

Being a highly sensual woman, and researching for almost a decade now the health benefits of positive sensuality, I was stunned one Carversville day, when I looked up the meaning of ‘sensuality’ in the dictionary and thesaurus.

The definitions of the beautiful word “sensual” could make the Pope blush:

1.    pertaining to, inclined to, or preoccupied with the gratification of the senses or appetites; carnal; fleshly.
2.    lacking in moral restraints; lewd or unchaste.
3.    arousing or exciting the senses or appetites.
4.    worldly; materialistic; irreligious.
5.    of or pertaining to the senses or physical sensation; sensory.
6.    pertaining to the philosophical doctrine of sensationalism. (See For the Birds and the Bees | The importance of Sensuality in our Lives)

Does this suggest that enjoying birdsongs or Chopin makes me lewd, unchaste, and lacking in spirituality? Who decides the meaning of words?

When I saw this deliciously, divinely decadent pile of treats on Lula Magazine’s Facebook page, my heart tightened with emotion, transporting me not to Laduree, my favorite place to buy macaroons in Paris but to the Western Wall of Jerusalem, where I seriously doubt that one will find a macaroon shop.

The FB recommendation that I ‘Like’ Lula came from one of my young women friends living in India. I saw several other young Lula women who have embraced me, and I them.

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Women, Math & Science Do Get Along Well, Mr. Summers

Robert Rubin, Alan Greenspan and Lawrence Summers on the cover of a 1999 TIMEAnother survey of 1,286,350 people young people and adults confirms identically of an earlier analysis of about 500,000 sets of test scores. Girls are as good in math as boys. Period.

The examination of 242 existing articles that assessed the math skills of 1,286,350 people, led by chief author Janet Hyde, University of Wisconsin-Madison, is published in the current online edition of journal Psychological Bulletin.

Another addendum to our update of this original article on girls in math and science, versus current study on math scores only, is that the notoriously-gender biased Lawrence Summers has resigned as President Obama’s chief economic adviser.

Originally written January 2010:  Excuse us Larry Summers. 500,000 test results say girls are equal to boys in math and science — when guys like you agree to let women achieve.

Lawrence H. Summers, President Obama’s chief economic adviser, is best known for his infamous comments about women’s abilities in science and math.

A staunch, highly-credentialed member of the old-fashioned,  “I know what I’m talking about when it comes to women” wing of the boys club, Summers made his proclamation about women’s abilities in math and science while president of Harvard University.

Summers argued that the under-representation of women in the top levels of math and science in academia is due to a “different availability of aptitude at the high end.”  This proclamation ended his tenure as Harvard’s president and many people believe he got a bum rap in a politically-incorrect spark that ignited female-centric gender-fury.

Maybe Summers was just plain wrong about women’s brain capacity in math and science. President Obama’s Chief Economic Adviser insisted that he was only quoting scientific research that grounded his assertions in fact.  If the truth hurts women’s pride, they should get over it, argued the old-fashioned boys club.

The new guys sided with women, and there were plenty of them.

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Eyeful | Do Male Photographers Focus on the Total Woman?

Rosie-Huntington-Whiteley | Rankin | Qvest #42, Fall 2010

One of our core themes at Anne of Carversville is exploring the portrayal of women by artists and photographers. It’s our belief that the photographer (or painter, sculptor) reveals his/her vision and appreciation of women through a sensitivity or lack of it that is obvious in the images.

Anne launched this conversation, comparing Terry Richardson to Ellen Von Unswerth, but the idea now pervades all our postings.

This weekend, the contrast between two male photographers grabbed our attention, prompting us to write: “Two beauties, different photographers, two artistic visions, one powerful”. via Sensuality News

Here are the two beauties. Do you sense any difference in the mind of the photographers? Note that one model actually has a throat, with visible physiology (her Adam’s Apple — where did that phrase come from?) and the other appears to have her head attached, sort of screwed on like one of those robotic sex dolls which are making life much better for married women who want nothing to do with sex.

New Talent | Alys Hale by Damon Baker | Controlled Perfection Sensuality News


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Sexy Doublespeak | American Women & Sexual Honesty

Marya Timonina by Danil Golovkin for Russian Vogue Jan 2010Updated Oct 11, 2011

A few weeks ago, we published a story on Sensuality News that fuels our main points in this earlier article on American women and sexual honesty. New research says that men are more likely to look at faces first in a porn flick, than women are.

While women are shredding men for their porn-watching behavior, we may be more focused on pure genitalia than men are.

This original 2008, updated in 2010, article share critical information about women’s searching behavior online. It’s an eye-opener and helps readers understand some of Anne’s strong views on American women and sexual dishonesty.

Updated from Anne’s Original Jan 2008 article:

NYT writer Ruth La Ferla reported in The Newly Uptight that many designers in the Fall 2008 designer collections are going bourgeois to the core, favoring the meticulously tailored look that evokes the White House years of Jacqueline Kennedy.

Pundits correctly underscore the nation’s desire to find stability and international respectability in the safety of a smart suit. Shopping in London and Paris, before attending Salon de Lingerie two years ago, I saw an abundance of corsetry looks and restrained boning.

By Fall 2009 corsetry looks were hot, hot, hot, and Playboy bunny ears were back in vogue. Two sides of the same coin.

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