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
Feb102015

90 West Street New York -- The Little Building That Never Bowed To Terrorists

Caroline Trentini In The ‘New New York’ By Mikael Jansson For Vogue US February 2015 AOC Sensual Fashion

Seeing model Caroline Trentini photographed by Mikael Jansson in ‘New New York’ for the February 2015 issue of Vogue US left a deep impression on me. The editorial is shot from Vogue’s new offices at 1 World Trade Center.

The migration of about 3,400 Condé Nast editors, writers and ad executives to new offices at 1 World Trade Center signalled not only the healing of a major wound at the World Trade Center site. The New York Times writes that:

“Condé Nast’s arrival puts a stiletto in the heart of the outdated notion that Lower Manhattan is stuffy and gray,” saidJessica Lappin, president of the Downtown Alliance, a local business organization. “They will accelerate the transformation that’s well underway and create additional demand-side pressure for more cool restaurants, art galleries and bars.”

The emotional response was very real for me — seeing the building at Caroline’s elbow — the little building that survived the September 11 blast and my home for several years. This picture of 90 West Street in New York comes as marchers in Paris united against radical Islam’s attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris and Queen Rania addressed yesterday the Government Summit in Dubai. Queen Rania stressed the need for other countries in the region to support Jordan in its role of leader in the new attacks against ISIS in Syria and surrounding regions. 

90 West Street — The Little Building That Could

I moved to 90 West Street from Jersey City in 2005, wanting to live close to the rebirth of the World Trade Center Area. The events of September 11 had affected me deeply, standing at a municipal building in Jersey City watching the Towers fell. Three of the terrorists lived a few blocks from me, although my beautiful loft was an oasis of its own and I didn’t interact a lot with my community.

My heart was very heavy on September 11, 2001 as I gasped at what was happening. Many people cheered when the World Trade Center towers fell.  They weren’t terrorists — at least I doubt it — but the moment was one of understanding just how complex life had become in America. This complexity has only become more difficult in America and globally in the last decade and a half.

Still, 90 West Street was always a symbol to me of the little building that stood when the towers fell. Its standards of architectural construction excellence prevented fire from sweeping its floors unlike the more modern World Trade Center, with no significant air passages — basically dead space — between its floors. The financial value of that dead space had grown far too significant in the business of Manhattan real estate.

My life at 90 West Street involved still more tragedy with the August 19, 2007 fire that broke out at the Deutsche Bank building next door, closed after the attack and under renovation. The names of two more New York City firefighters Robert Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino were added to the list of those who died at the World Trade Center site. 

Hopefully, Anne of Carversville carries in its heart and soul the spirit of 90 West Street. In telling women’s stories from fashion to flogging, AOC tries to make sense of women’s lives at home in America and around the world.

In returning from my sabbatical in early September 2014, I felt AOC was no longer up to the standards of 90 West Street. We had too many mediocre fashion stories and not enough connection to women’s lives internationally. I’ve worked hard to regain that voice — the one from 2009-2011. Looking at the state of our world, it seems that my decision to illuminate the voices of Smart Sensuality women like Queen Rania, Angelina Jolie, Shakira and all of our original muses came not a minute too soon. 

It’s good to be back in actionl. ~ Anne

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

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
Aug212014

Kate Moss Shares Left Breast As Mold For Champagne Glass

Champagne is my favorite beverage, leaving me pleased to share my return to Anne of Carversvville and GlamTribale with news that supermodel Kate Moss inspired British artist Jane McAdam Freud’s champagne glass molded around Kate’s left breast. Celebrating Kate’s 25 years in fashion, the project is sponsored by Mayfair restaurant 34.

Kate is not the first woman to inspire such a champagne glass. Marie Antoinette affords Kate the place of recreating the lavish concept glass which will also be available at sister restaurants The Ivy, Daphne’s and Scott’s. 

As for the future of AOC, there will be major changes that reflect the very difficult last year of my life. Any fashion editorials must support either GlamTribale or sensuality. Both domestic and international women’s rights, women artists, women politicos and women philanthropists will return to prominence. And I will integrate some of the wonderful inspiration from my Facebook friends into our content. 

As my websites return to supporting my core values, I share a toast to the future and all that it holds dear.

Much love, Anne

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Wednesday
Sep112013

Models Wearing Fur Is Bad Compared To What? 9/11 Reflections

jd Forte’s ‘The Up and Comers’ & A September 11 Women’s Rights Reflection AOC Salon

Models Wearing Fur Is Bad Compared To What?

There are those who will judge me for putting fresh face young models on the pages of AOC. Will I next layer in our first story of a woman lawyer flogged in Sudan for inappropriate dress? Or will I post two more ‘vanilla’ articles, so that when this AOC front page shows three articles, her story of being brutalized by the government of Sudan isn’t reduced in any way by the alleged vulgarity of Western morals and culture?

Managing AOC’s content placement is a constant source of concern for me.

Then again — speaking of vulgarity — I note in the morning headlines that an eight-year-old Yemeni girl died of internal bleeding on her wedding night. You see, child brides are rampant in Yemen where 40-year-old men regularly attempt sexual intercourse with young girls the age of a granddaughter.

So you will judge me and Western culture, my Islamic fundamentalist critics, for not being as pure as yours?

I note also the first survey of rape in six Asia-Pacific countries. The study by the Partners for Prevention, comprised of several U.N. agencies, asked 10,178 men about their lives. They gathered information — without using the word rape — from the following countries: Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka. We will report the findings in a separate article, but the results are chilling and represent a great sense of sexual entitlement among the men surveyed.

Will these same men judge me and Western culture through their lens of appropriate behavior of women? Should I care?

Anne of Carversville tells women’s stories “from fashion to flogging”. Indeed, I do see connections between the two,  through a patriarchal lens of recent human history.

Male-dominated cultures and religious dogma seek to condemn women’s sensuality and sexuality. When a series of exquisite, technically superb images like these by jd Forte celebrates female beauty, confrontation (or is it a vacuous stare?) and sensuality, I must feature them.

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Monday
Apr082013

Kate Upton As Marilyn Monroe & Amanda Marcotte's PC Madness

Kate Upton & Co By Sebastian Faena & Carine Roitfeld for Harper’s Bazaar Australia May 2013

I’ve been a Kate Upton fan from day 1, with a couple sighs along the way. Unlike that haughty stylist and editor Sophia Neophitou, I always knew that Kate has a look that goes far beyond being a ‘footballer’s wife’, as Neophitou referred to Kate. 

Besides, as Kate shot back across the Atlantic, Gisele — who earned $46 million last year and leads the 2012 Forbes Model List — is a ‘footballer’s wife”. 

Not to worry about Neophitou’s excoriating remarks about Kate Upton. Kate’s frankly operating above Neophitou’s bar these days — adored by Carine Roitfeld who used her front and center in Sebastian Faena’s great editorial for Harper’s Bazaar Australia. Presumably this editorial will go worldwide for Harper’s, in various renditions. Perhaps others will focus on Kate’s supporting cast for the Australia edition. This morning she is front and center. 

Last week Bert Stern, the famous photographer who photographed Marilyn Monroe in ‘The Last Sitting’, said that Kate is his next muse. The trailer to the film is excellent, triggering memories of my own time spent with the Marilyn/Stern photographs a few years back.

At the time I was engaged in my own self-photography project, discovering the essence of the woman reflected into the mirror — clothes on and clothes off. The private journey was singularly the best project I ever took on in terms of my own self-development, even though my mother would call it the ultimate act of narcissism.  

Rumours are that Kate will front the June issue of American Vogue, although mum is the word all around. Queried while speaking at a Samsung event, Upton swears she has “no idea” if she’s on the June cover. “I had no idea what’s happening,” she said. “I feel like it’s easier to deal with my schedule one day at a time.” 

Kate Upton, Hannah Simone & Genesis Rodriguez on Men’s Body Styling

Kate is speaking directly to the guys about body grooming and Gillette. International Business Times writes about Kate: 

Dressed in a white v-neck dress that shows off her curves, the starlet is reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe. It’s her naughty lines that steal the show though as she reveals, “I wouldn’t date a guy who has grooming problems, so no.”

It was an answer to a question about being attracted to men who don’t body groom. When asked if it is important to her that her boyfriends shave “down there”, she replies it is “very important.” Playfully winking at the camera, Upton displays her trademark sex appeal and light-hearted charm.

The video is created to promote Gillette’s Fusion ProGlide Styler.

Fine, so this is Kate being a light-hearted American girl with ample breasts. They are hers, right? And yes, London’s Sun celebrated National Cleavage Day on March 27 the Kate took the top prize. 

Last week’s terrible tizzy about Kate Upton focused on her prom invite from a LA high school student Jake Davidson asking the Sports Illustrated cover girl to go to his prom. I’m sure that Gillette loved the natural publicity!

Before saying her calendar didn’t permit her to accept, Kate Tweeted back to Davidson:  “You can call me Katie if you want! How could I turn down that video! I’ll check my schedule wink.” 

In one of the stupidest commentaries this staunch feminist has ever read about gender relations, Slate’s Double-X writer Amanda Marcotte practically strangled Jake Davidson’s video as an example of male entitlement about the female body and women’s place in their masculine lives. 

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Wednesday
Mar272013

Beatrice Woods On Living A Great Life After 80

One of my dearest Facebook and in-person friends just posted this picture of artist Beatrice Wood on my wall.  “Why, hello! I’m thinking of you! Kiss.”

The image caption reads: “It’s never too late to live juicy!”. Beatrice Wood’s most productive years were 80 to 105. As for the reason for her late-blooming success, Woods says “I owe it all to art books, chocolate and young men.”

Bravo, Beatrice! ~ Anne