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

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Anne Rethinks ‘Flawless’, Third-Tier Male Photographers & Values That Matter


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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


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Afghan Rapper Sonita Alizadeh Fights Against Child Brides From Wasatch Academy Utah

Sonita Alizadeh is a young Afghan woman who had the audacity to resist being married off at age 15. Alizadeh’s family was forced to move to Iran when she was eight years old. As an undocumented Afghan, she was not entitled to be educated in Iran, leaving her to work as a janitor at a charity that supported Afghan children in her situation.

For years, Sonita was pressured to marry by her family. Her mother hoped to raise $9,000 US in a Sonita marriage, so that she would have $7,000 for her own son’s wedding. Sonita’s protest video of her song ‘Brides for Sale’ shown here, shows a bruised 15-year-old girl pleading with her family not to be sold. Pleading with rap lyrics saying ‘I am seen as a sheep grown only to be devoured,’ Sonita got attention. In early 2014 Sonita won the ‘best female’ prize in Argus Productions’ election anthem song context, rapping encouragement to Afghans to vote.

When Kabul-based WLUML networker Noorjahan Akbar sent her colleague Elie Calhoun, based in Indonesia, a link to Sonita’s music video, ‘Brides for Sale’ she had no idea that it was the first step to Sonita gaining a scholarship to a college preparatory school, the Wasatch Academy, with an amazing music program, in Utah in the US. Elie Calhoun shared the video on Facebook. Elie’s US based colleague Cori Stern saw the music video on Facebook. Stern then googled Sonita’s name and found the trailer for the documentary Sonita is a travelling swallow by Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami. via

I found out about Sonita on FB today.

Cori Stern co-founded the US-based Strongheart Group, dedicated to amplifying the voice and message of exceptional young people who are destined to be change makers. Stern reached out to the headmaster Joseph Loftin at Wasatch Academy in Utah. Headmaster Joseph Loftin at Wasatch interviewed Sonita by Skype and then offered her a scholarship to attend the school, with the support of Strongheart philanthropist Maurie Michaels.

This is an amazing story of a determined young woman destined to become a change agent for young women worldwide. One third of the girls in the developing world are married before the age of 18, and 1 in 9 are married before the age of 15.

In 2011 National Geographic did an in-depth piece written by Cynthia Gorney and photographed by Stephanie Sinclair called Too Young to Wed.~ Anne


Touting Real Bodies, Not Bombshells, Iceland Leads The Way In Women's Empowerment

Coming on the heels of last week’s Finland’s Lindex stores campaign featuring their own employees of every size and shape in a lingerie ad campaign, the recently released issue of Glamour Iceland promotes body diversity in this new editorial mixing women models of all sizes. Models include Ashley Graham (who appears in Lane Bryant’s new lingerie campaign) Marquita Pring, Julie Henderson, Inga Eiriksdottir and Danielle Redman.  

The IMG models are part of ALDA — meaning wave in Iceland — a movement to promote self esteem among young women of every size. 

We should note that Finland and Iceland lead the world in women’s rights and are far ahead of the United States. A recent Mic article reminds us that Iceland became the first country ‘in the world to grant unconditional equal inheritance rights to men and women in 1850’. Women got the right to vote in Iceland five years ahead of American women. 

In 1975 an estimated 90% of women went on strike for a day, refusing to act as housewives or professionals going to work. Instead 10% of the naitonal population protested in front of the capital of Oct. 24. In 1980 Vigdís Finnbogadóttir was elected as Iceland’s and Europe’s first female president. 

The 2014 Global Gender Gap Index ranked Iceland No. 1 out of more than 130 countries for the sixth consecutive year. The US ranks 20, driven largely by our score of #4 in Economic opportunity. Note that we score 1 in earned income but 65 in wage equality for similar work. 

In the key sectors of educational attainment, America’s women score 39 in Educational Attainment; 62 in Health and Survival; and 54 in Political Empowerment. What an embarassment! 

I can’t help wondering if the comparative emancipation of women in the Scandinavian countries prompts an embrace of real bodies and not bombshells, Victoria’s Secret style. As a body-conscious feminist who loves lingerie, I am aware that this passion is a double-edged sword. ~ Anne


Eunice Akoth In NYC For The Kibera School For Girls

Tina Brown’s sixth Women in the World Conference is in full swing at Lincoln Center in New York.

On Friday, Eunice Akoth brought down the house, sharing poetic thoughts about her unbridled determination and confidence to rise above the difficult circumstances for girls in Kibera, one of the world’s biggest slums outside of Nairobi, Kenya.

Eunice is a sixth-grader at The Kibera School For Girls, (see website)one of two charities targeted for support by Anne of Carversville and me personally.

Besides hearing Eunice Akoth’s stirring oratory, the audience also heard from the husband and wife team of Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner Odede who operate the Shining Hope For Communities foundation — which pairs free education with health care, clean water, and other social services in Kibera.

Kennedy founded in 2004, after saving 20 cents to buy a soccer ball as a way of getting people together. His goal was simple: gender equality, making the world better for his mother and sister.

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Amanda McCall Illustrates The Ben & Jerry's Obvious Celebrity Ice Cream Gender Gap

it’s interesting that a socially-progressive company like Ben & Jerry’s finds no fault in its marketing strategy that names its celebrity flavors after men. In a brilliantly simple, graphic arts feminist statement by Amanda McCall for Buzzfeed, we see all the strong women and public figures who never warranted inclusion on Ben & Jerry’s we learn the simple truth that of the over 20 celebrity flavors created by Ben & Jerry’s, only two have been women.

Only Tina Fey’s character on 30 Rock and Olympic snowboarder Hannah Teter were honored.

McCall uses the grace, charm and talent of a Good Humour Bar to remind the guys that women buy more ice cream than men do in total. So how about it fellas? Are we ladies just still out of sight, out of mind 50 years after ‘Mad Men’?

Or is feminism and equal rights for women just not a core platform on the male-dominated, liberal-left agenda. It’s not as if all the sexists are Republicans. Amanda has just come up with a brilliant new feminst statement and a situation that women consumers could fix with one quick lick Lysistrata style. If Ben & Jerry’s is a boys club, then let’s take our ice cream money down the rocky road. ~ Anne


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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.


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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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’