Sexual Politics

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

 

Lea Seydoux Seduces In Lui Magazine Relaunch, Lensed By Mario Sorrenti

 


Victoria’s Secret Angels have Appeared Often In GQ & Esquire

 

 

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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Saturday
Aug292015

Dancer Michaela DePrince Soars Beyond Human Expectations & Leaves Us Breathless

This astonishing photo of ballet dancer Michaela DePrince has 4,568 shares on Facebook, leaving astonished readers raving while spellbound. Many said: “This is surely one of the most beautiful photos I’ve ever seen.”

Michaela’s story is even higher impact, and none of the common words like ‘resilient’ or ‘courageous’ apply. Michaela’s story is one of triumph and also an American couple promoting our best values, the less well-known stories that rarely make headlines.

Michaela DePrince as Mabinty Bangura

Exposure.org.uk shares Michaela’s history as a girl named Mabinty born in 1995 in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Then considered one of the most dangerous places in the world, Mabinty’s father became one of 300,000 people killed in a civil war that lasted from 1991 to 2002. Her mother died of starvation, leaving Mabinty via her uncle to be put in an orphanage at age three.

Because Mabinty suffered from a skin condition called Vitiligo, she was labeled a ‘devil child’ and always treated differently. Food, clothes and other life essentials were handed out according to a best to worst child ranking system at the orphanage. Of the 27 children, Mabinty was known as ‘number 27’.

A teacher who befriended her was murdered by rebels before her eyes. The BBC explains that pregnant women experienced a special kind of mutilation.

“If they found a boy they would let the woman go, or kill the mother and save the child,” DePrince says. “But they found a baby girl when they cut my teacher’s stomach open, so they cut her arms and legs off.”

DePrince says that the younger boy, perhaps in an effort to impress the older soldiers, took a machete to her stomach too. She blacked out - but was rescued when her mat-mate raised the alarm.

Then the universe sent Mabinty a picture one day.

“There was a lady on it, she was on her tippy-toes, in this pink, beautiful tutu. I had never seen anything like this - a costume that stuck out with glitter on it, with just so much beauty. I could just see the beauty in that person and the hope and the love and just everything that I didn’t have.

“And I just thought: ‘Wow! This is what I want to be.’”

DePrince ripped the photograph out of the magazine and, for the lack of anywhere else to keep it, stuffed the treasured scrap in her underwear.

“It represented freedom, it represented hope, it represented trying to live a little longer,” she recalls. “I was so upset in the orphanage, I had no idea how I got through it but seeing that, it completely saved me.”

When an international organization seeking to place orphans in adopted homes in safe countries, Mabinity didn’t receive any of the ‘family books’ from the United States, being ‘number 27’ and a ‘devil child’. She wasn’t going anywhere.

In yet another moment of horror, Mabinty’s life changed in an entirely different direction. The orphanage was warned it would be bombed and totally destroyed. Mabinty ‘number 27’ hit the road with her friend, also named Mabinty, or ‘number 26’. The girls walked for miles through Sierra Leone until, miraculously unharmed by rebels, they reached a refugee camp.

‘Number 27’ was reborn in that camp, along with ‘number 26’. Her American parents Elaine and Charles DePrince were hoping to adopt Mabinty Suma, ‘number 26’. Upon learning of her story and how the little girl with Vitiligo was unlikely to be adopted at all, the couple couldn’t envision separating the two Mabinty girls. And so at age four, Mabinty Bangura was renamed Michaela De Prince, and she joined her parents and new renamed sister Mia, along with a third girl Mariel in starting a new life in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Note that the DePrinces are adoptive parents to eight other children, in addition to two biological children.

Michaela (l), dad Charles and Mia (r) DePrince on their first Thanksgiving in America.

The Ballerina Blooms

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Tuesday
Aug112015

Angelina Jolie Pitt Working on 'The Breadwinner' & 'First They Killed My Father', A Memoir By Loung Ung

The Hollywood Reporter shares news that Angelina Jolie Pitt will executive produce the animated film ‘The Breadwinner’, a story of a young girl living as a boy under the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.

The film is an adaptation of Deborah Ellis’ young adult novel and will be directed by Nora Twomey from a screen story by Ellis and screenplay by Anita Doron.

The story’s heroine Parvana disguises herself as a boy to become her family’s breadwinner after her father is imprisoned unfairly. The film, which also focuses on the culture and beauty of Afghanistan, will be produced in English and in Dari.

“Millions of young girls like Parvana are growing up today under oppression or conflict, and helping their families to survive in those conditions. This story is a reminder of the immense value of their contribution,” Jolie Pitt said in a statement. “I am delighted to be working with a talented team of artists who I know will do justice to the richness, creativity and strength of Afghan culture and to little girls like Parvana.”

Angelina Jolie-Pitt Makes Cambodian Film for Netflix

Jolie-Pitt is currently working on a film for Netflix called ‘First They Killed My Father’. The actor and director is adapting the memoir of Loung Ung, a Cambodian author and human rights activist, who survived the Khmer Rouge regime. Jolie-Pitt has co-written the screen adaptation with Ung and will product as well as direct the film.

Jolie Pitt said she decided to partner with Netflix because of the streaming service’s global reach. “Films like this are hard to watch but important to see,” she said. “They are also hard to get made. Netflix is making this possible, and I am looking forward to working with them and excited that the film will reach so many people.” The film will be released in both Khmer and English.

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Saturday
Jul252015

A Sexy, Strong Gal Gadot Talks 'Wonder Woman' Movie In The World Of Motherhood

Israeli-born actor Gal Gadot is lensed by Chris Colls for the new issue of Interview Magazine. Gadot is styled by Miguel Enamorado in very sexy choices from Calvin Klein, Hermes and Rochas.

Teddy Wayne interviews Gadot, known today as Gisele in the Fast & Furious franchise, but preparing to become the world’s next Wonder Woman in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’. This role is “just a warm-up for the actress”. 

Speaking of this role, Gadot explains: “I didn’t want to do the obvious role that you see in Hollywood most of the time, which is the heartbroken girl who’s waiting to be rescued by the guy, blah, blah, blah. I wanted to do something different. Little did I know that I would land Wonder Woman not long after.”

Land it she did! Gadot will reprise her superhero identity in the “long-gestating” ‘Wonder Woman’ movie, with female director Patty Jenkins at the helm. The film is the first female-centric entry in the superhero genre since 2005’s ‘Elektra’, with Jennifer Garner.

Speaking about motherhood and her daughter Alma, Gadot shares this wisdom:

A baby comes with such responsibility. Once you become a mother, you always have a guilt trip. You always try to do the best, but you feel you can always be better. At the end of the day, I always tell myself that it is very, very important for me to be a good role model for Alma, my daughter. As long as she’s the first priority, which she is and always will be, it’s okay if Mommy goes to work and has a busy period, as long as I balance everything. The good thing about being an actress is that it’s very children-friendly. I can work for three months and then I can have six months off. And then I can work for six months and have six months off. It’s up to me. It’s not like being a lawyer, for example, going to work in a law firm every day, nine-to-five for years and years. When I choose a role, I always think about whether my daughter can get something out of it when she watches the movie later after she’s grown up. Or even just show her that Mommy’s doing what Mommy loves to do. And therefore, she can do what she loves to do and have a family at the same time. As long as you have your priorities figured out in a healthy way. And it also has a lot to do with my husband, who is really supportive and makes everything so much easier.

 

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Monday
Jul132015

95% Of Women Are Positive About Their Abortions 3 Years Later | Obama Treats Hobby Lobby Contraception Objections As A Religious Nonprofit | Colorado Republicans Shoot Down Successful IUD Program For Teens

Women’s Health News, Abortion & Contraception

1. An important new study that tracked 667 women over a three year period reports that 95 percent of participants reported that ending the pregnancy was the right decision for them. The women’s answers, who had both first trimester and late-term abortions, contradict a growing argument by the pro-life lobby that women suffer psychological damage, one they call post-abortion traumatic stress syndrome’.

The longer longitudinal study confirmed the same results as were obtained in a 2013 study conducted with women one week after having an abortion. In that study the most common emotion expressed was relief.

2. University of California think tank ANSIRH, Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, conducted the study as part of a larger ‘Turnaway Study’, which is following about 1,000 women who sought abortions in 21 different states.

As this graph demonstrates, it’s women who were denied abortions who showed significantly higher rates of depression and anxiety in the ANSIRH study.

Think Progress reported earlier this month that over the past 5 years, states have enacted nearly 300 abortion restrictions, ones having disproportionate impact on poor women. 

3. Three Senate Republicans — Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Mark Kirk (Illinois) who is challenged in his 2016 re-election race by Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill) — joined all Democrats on the Appropriations Committee in advancing a repeal of the “so-called global gag rule that restricts US funding to humanitarian organizations that provide abortions,” reports Politico.

The restriction has been in effect but not codified in law since the Reagan administration in the 1980s and impacts access to contraception in poor countries. Note that the Obama administration has not abided by the global gag rule, an early decision by then Secy of State Hillary Clinton.

“An estimated 225 million women in developing countries are unable to access family planning services,” said amendment sponsor Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.). “Providing greater access to family planning and reproductive health services improves the health of mothers and children, empowers women to make their own choices about how to grow their families, and is a smart investment that helps reduce poverty.”

The proposed amendment continues to prohibit use of US federal funds for abortion but would free up funds for contraception.

The original version of the Senate’s fiscal year 2016 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs included a provision that would have permanently codified the global gag rule into law, while cutting international family planning by $149 million, representing about 25 percent of its funding. The budget also prohibited any US contribution to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), a leading provider of basic maternal and reproductive — not abortion — services worldwide.

4. On Friday, July 10, the Obama Administration released final rules for employers citing religious objections to supporting birth control for women under the Affordable Care Act.

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Sunday
Jul122015

Memory Banda TED Talks Against Child Marriage & Malawi's Sexual Initiation Camps

We gave thanks last week that senior Chief Inkosi Kachindamoto, a woman, annulled 300 child marriages in Malawi, supporting the country’s new law making 18 the minimum age for marriage in both genders.

Watching several TED Talks yesterday, the subject of Malawi’s child brides surfaced again in the passionate TED Woman2015 talk given by Malawi’s Memory Banda. Memory became an organizer in support of the new law against child marriage, and she also introduced me to the topic of ‘initiation camps’. Banda’s sister, who has three children and two failed marriages at age 16, was sent to an ‘initiation camp’ at age 11.

Memory Banda Speaks Against Child Marriage At TEDWoman 2015

The purpose of the ‘initiation camp’ is simple in that it teaches girls ‘how to sexually please a man’.

CNN wrote about Malawi’s ‘initiation camps’ last year, focusing on Grace, age 10. Like other girls in her village, Grace was not a victim of sex trafficking; nor was she forced to work in the sex trade.

“Everyone makes sure their child goes to initiation ceremony because you will not be accepted in the community,” said Jean Mweba, an education program specialist for reproductive health and adolescent health at the United Nations Population Fund. “It’s an issue of being accepted in the community.”

Noting that not every community in Malawi encourages sex at ‘initiation camp’, Mweba’s commission reported that girls as young as six were being instructed as to how to please a man and especially in communities in southern Malawi.

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Tuesday
Jul072015

Hillary Clinton's CNN Brianna Keilar Interview | Women Leaders At Aspen Institute | Women's Soccer $$$ Discriminate | 300 Child Brides Freed In Malawi

Anne is reading …

1. After a disastrous Independence Day photo op gone wrong, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will give her first national TV interview since announcing her presidential candidacy in April.

CNN will air the interview conducted by Brianna Keilar today Tuesday July 7th. Relations between Hillary Clinton and the national press have always been strained, but they reached new levels of strain on Saturday, when Clinton aides literally herded reporters through the streets of Gorham, NH’s Fourth of July parade.

2. America’s women’s soccer team returned home from Vancouver victorious as world champions but seriously underpaid. In a record-shattering World Cup final, the U.S. Women’s soccer team decisivelty beat Japan 5-2. For their win, the U.S. team will earn $2 million.

The money reads as impressive until we consider the fact that Germany received $35 million in 2014, after winning the Men’s World Cup Finale in Brazil. Last year $576 million was earmarked for Men’s World Cup rewards, writes PBS. By contrast. this year, a total of $15 million in prizes was set aside for the Women’s World Cup.

This differential exists in spite of the stark reality that Sunday’s women’s final broke soccer viewing records worldwide, according to NPR.

3. The Aspen Institute shares great ideas from women who lead, in an exciting presentation of 3-4 minute personal challenges from their recent Aspen Ideas Festival.

4. In Malawi, senior Chief Inkosi Kachindamoto, a woman, annulled over 300 child marriages, saying that for both boys and girls, children should be in school. In April, Malawi president Peter Mutharika signed into law a ban on child marriage, endorsing a new minimum age of 18 for both genders. Malawi has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with 50% of all girls marrying before the age of 18 in order to improve their families’ financial situations. GirlsnotBride.org reports that every year 15 million girls are married as children.

5. Writing for Forbes, Carrie Rich of YEC Women, writes that Creating Change For Female Leaders Starts With Individual Support.

“There are now venture capitalist groups that exclusively fund female entrepreneurs. Several new accelerators for female founders launched recently too, including MergeLane, Equita, and Refinery, joining others. And several prominent venture capitalist groups recently announced new female partners, like BBG Ventures (Susan Lyne) and Rothenberg Ventures (Fran Hauser).”

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Thursday
Jul022015

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, Women's Rights Advocate, Will Donate $32 Billion Fortune To Activist Philanthropy

Prince Alwaleed at New York’s Plaza hotel, of which he is part owner.Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has announced that his entire $32  billion fortune to charitable projects, making it one of the largest pledges ever. Prince Alwaleed said his foundation “will help build bridges to foster cultural understanding, develop communities, empower women, enable youth, provide vital disaster relief and create a more tolerant and accepting world.”

In 2013 Vanity Fair profiled the Prince in-depth, portraying him as a man who believes that he who has the most toys wins.

AOC first wrote about Prince Alwaleed bin Talal in 2009, focusing on his unusual commitment — not only to women’s rights — but to hiring and advancing Saudi women in in his businesses and foundation. Women make up 65 percent of positions in his companies, where he discourages them from wearing the veil.

The Prince employs Hanadi Al Hindi, the first Saudi woman to gain a commercial pilot’s license, to fly his personal jet around the world.

The Prince’s fourth wife Princess Ameerah has become one of the strongest voices for women’s empowerment in Saudi Arabia.

Billionaire Alwaleed’s Wife Speaks Out On Saudi Women’s Right to Drive (2011) Forbes

A 2015 update on Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel confirms that the couple divorced in 2013. No longer driven in chauffeur-driven limousines, the Princess is content driving her own £15,000 Mini Cooper. She has an international license to drive and when she is in Europe or the United States, she loves to drive. Princess Ameerah does not drive in Saudi Arabia, where it remains illegal — but with debate about moderating driving restrictions.

Among those ‘leading the way’, said Ameerah, is Prince Turki bin Abdullah Al Saud, a young royal and Governor of the Riyadh Province who is also a Leeds University PhD candidate.

Princess Ameerah, pictured with Chelsea Clinton.Chelsea Clinton says of the Princess: “Ameerah’s advocacy on behalf of Saudi women has provided a tremendous contribution to how we think about the rights of girls and women around the world.”

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