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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Wednesday
Mar112015

Madonna Calls Out Gay Men's Misogyny In Out Magazine April 2015 Interview

Madonna receently held court with a series of reporters, promoting her new album ‘Rebel Heart’. Last on her schedule was Out Magazine’s Christopher Glazek, whose interview ‘The Many Heresies of Madonna Louise Ciccone’ is published in the latest issue of due on newsstands March 17. Mert & Marcus share bondage-themed shots of the pop star cyclone, who is not known for keeping a stiff upper lip.

Madonna Says Women Remain Most Marginalized Group

Madge turns her tongue not only to women’s rights, as has been widely reported:

To me, the last great frontier is women…Women are still the most marginalized group. You’re still categorized—you’re either a virgin or a whore. If you’re a certain age, you’re not allowed to express your sexuality, be single or date younger men.

The has plenty to say about some gay men and their tepid support for women’s rights. Not only does Madonna break down the real-deal story of Joan of Arc as a strong woman abandoned by her gay male, gutless dauphine. The superstar speaks frankly about a deep-seeded misogyny against women and especially heterosexual women within the LGBT community. 

Madonna’s comments echo those of 2015 Academy Awards best supporting actress Patricia Arquette, who was criticised loudly for suggesting that multiple groups — including the LGBT community — must stand for women. The debate became one about intersectionality, political correctness,  and white women high-wage earners and not Arquette’s sound argument that all women are entitled to expect support for women’s rights after so many have stood for LGBT rights.

These views were not spur of the moment, delivered instead one week later in followup comments to Glazek.

Gay rights are way more advanced than women’s rights. People are a lot more open-minded to the gay community than they are to women, period.” For women, she feels, the situation has hardly improved since 1983. “It’s moved along for the gay community, for the African-American community, but women are still just trading on their ass. To me, the last great frontier is women.

Rose McGowan On Gay Misogyny

Glazek gives a boost to the blonde ambition’s theory by citing the November 2014 uproar in which Rose McGowan:

  … was burned at the virtual stake for calling out gay misogyny. True, McGowan did not help her cause with the taunting assertion that gays had ‘fought for the right to stand on top of a float wearing an orange Speedo and take Molly, but then, neither did she threaten anyone’s life, in jest or otherwise.

 

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Sunday
Mar082015

Tamy Glauser Talks Sexual & Gender Identity, Lensed By Federico Cabrera For REVS Magazine #8

Model Tamy Glauser invites us into her personal, sensual world and questions about sexual identity, lensed by Federico Cabrera for ‘Delusion’ for REVS magazine No. 8. Tamy is styled by Teri Nitti with makeup by Tom Wennerstrand.

Tami dons a mask by Maison Martin Margiela Artisanal Haute Couture, but her dialogue with Pirita Litmanen on gender and sexuality in ‘Tamy Glauser on Delusion’ is open and unfettered.

It is hard to understand that people don’t always know if I am a girl or a boy. I feel like a girl and for me it is an obvious thing. When I walk on the street here in Paris, they stop me saying ”monsieur”. It happens so often I’ve stopped explaining myself already.

When I was younger, I tried to look girly and kept my hair long even though it didn’t feel right. It wasn’t until years later when I moved to New York that I realized nobody really cared how I looked like. I could just be me.
In New York I also learned to be ok with my sexuality. I think I knew I was gay for a long time but I fought it. I just couldn’t relate to the rough and manly image I had of gay women. During the 3 years I spent in New York I learned that I can be whatever I am and like whoever I want; male, female, it’s all the same.

The model, whose mother is half-Nigerian, hopes to be an example for other young people who are struggling with sexual identity. Simultaneously, Tamy Glauser reminds readers that ‘I am not all about my sexuality. I am not Tamy and gay. Gender and sexuality should not matter. They exist as a part of me, that’s all.’

 

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Monday
Feb162015

Long Ring Finger Traits Similar Between Men & Women Sexually & In Business

Finger Ratios and Fidelity In Both Genders

New research examining individual attitudes relating to non-committed sex versus committed sexuality suggest that the length of the ring finger compared to the index finger is a strong predictor of tendencies to ‘stay’ or ‘stray’ in both men and women.

A longer ring finger is associated with greater exposure to testosterone in the womb.

Professor John Manning of Northumbria University’s Department of Psychology has studied finger ratio data for nearly 20 years and believes this is the first study to suggest that both men and women may have alternative mating strategies. Women were not included in earlier studies examining finger lengths and promiscuity.

Manning worked with Dr Rafael Wlodarski and Professor Robin Dunbar of Oxford Universities Department of Experimental Psychology in his newest study.

The study conducted at UK’s Northembria and Oxford Universities questioned 575 North American and British people on the views of sociosexuality. They then measured photocopies of the right hands of 1,314 Brits.

Gender Consistency In Results

Researchers found that both men and women fell into one of two groups — those with restricted sexual attitudes and life patterns and those with unrestricted attitudes and lifestyles. Individuals with restricted patterns preferred exclusive, emotionally-committed relationships with sexual partners, while the unrestricted groups expressed little need for emotional commitment.

The results of the sociosexuality questionnaire indicated that 57% of men favored the unrestricted sexuality lifestyle, compared to 47% among women. The results of hand measuring resulted in 62% of men having a ring finger longer than the index finger. Half of women — 50% — also had a longer ring finger.

 

The researchers remind us that cultural factors can modify predetermined genetic traits, but their importance as a predictor of mating behavior should not be underestimated. Finger ratios as they relate to prenatal testosterone exposure can also indicate other conditions including fertility, lung and heart functioning and sports performance.

Finger Ratios and Women Entrepreneurs

In a fascinating study Italian economists Aldo Rustichini and Luigi Guiso hired 200 assistants to interview over two thousand Italian men and women small-business owners. In this study, the hands of the entrepreneurs were photographed, allowing for direct comparison of interview responses and ring finger/index finger ratios.

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Saturday
Nov292014

Activists & Masai Warriors Join Forces To End Female Genital Mutilation

Ending Female Genital Cutting

Efua Dorkenoo, a key leader in the movement to end FGC1. Efua Dorkenoo,  a key leader in the international movement to end female genital cutting, has died in London at age 65. Ms. Dorkenoo served as acting director of women’s health at the World Health Organization in the late 1990s, writes the New York Times. She also wrote an influential book — ‘Cutting the Rose: Female Genital Mutilation’ (1996).

Writing an update on FGM (female genital mutilation) or FGC (female genital cutting), the NYT reports progress among younger women in ending the practice associated with tribal societies, not Islam exclusively.

The United Nations voted unanimously in 2013 to recognize female genital cutting as a human rights violation.

In Egypt, where more women have been cut than in any other nation, surveys showed that 81 percent of 15- to 19-year-olds had undergone the practice, compared with 96 percent of women in their late 40s.

AOC has explored news of FGC/FGM for years, tracking the Tostan organization’s successfull efforts in parts of Africa to end the practice with village elders leading the way.

Health Risks of FGM

2. Effects of FGM EndFGM.eu a project of Amnesty International

Immediate consequences of FGM include severe pain and bleeding, shock, difficulty in passing urine, infections, injury to nearby genital tissue and sometimes death. The procedure can result in death through severe bleeding leading to haemorrhagic shock, neurogenic shock as a result of pain and trauma, and overwhelming infection and septicaemia, according to Manfred Nowak, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Almost all women who have undergone FGM experience pain and bleeding as a consequence of the procedure. The event itself is traumatic as girls are held down during the procedure. Risk and complications increase with the type of FGM and are more severe and prevalent with infibulations.

“The pain inflicted by FGM does not stop with the initial procedure, but often continues as ongoing torture throughout a woman’s life”, says Manfred Nowak, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.

Masai Warriors Against FGM

The young Masai tribal warriors battling FGM in Kenya  The Times UK

3. The famous Masai men are acclaimed for being feared and accomplished warriors.  Pictured here, Ole Lelein Kanunga, the leader of young Masai tribal warriors in Entasopia, “a lush oasis of trees and pasture in the otherwise desert flats of this part of southern Kenya”, says that in the month of December, circumcisions will end.You see, December is the month when girls are cut in Kenya, a rite of passage that often results in their not returning to the classroom and marrying instead, with babies on the way.

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Thursday
Nov062014

Trans Activist Lavern Cox Honored As Glamour Woman Of The Year 2014

Lea T For Redken

Many people in the fashion and beauty industries clapped this week with news that transgender model Lea T would become the new muse for Redken 5th Avenue. Brazilian-born Lea T shared her journey as a transgender person in a public, insightful and articulate series of conversations over several years, including this one with Oprah.

Lavern Cox Shares ‘The T Word’ Documentary

Earlier this week trans activist Lavern Cox was named one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year 2014. The Orange Is the New Black star is part of a team producing a new documentary ‘The T Word’. The feature follows seven people aged 12-24, as the explore the intersections of transgender identity and race.

“For many of us, the ‘T’ in LGBT means more than transgender, it also means truth,” Laverne said in a statement. “The cast members in this documentary are fearlessly living their truths and in sharing their stories will send the message to other trans youth that it’s okay to be who you are.

From left, Avery Grey of Long Island City and Daniella Carter from the Bronx, who are featured in “The T Word.”

Andreja Pejic

The second major voice in the fashion industry on transgender issues is Andre Pejic, now Andreja Pejic. Speaking to People Magazine in July 2014, Andreja said “I want to share my story with the world because I think I have a social responsibility. I hope that by being open about this, it becomes less of an issue.”


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Thursday
Jan022014

Male Canary Brains Bathed In Testosterone Hit The Seductive High Notes

Seducing a female canary isn’t easy. They are picky, frankly, looking for males particularly adept at singing “sexy syllables” that may indicate their overall genetic robustness. Researchers have previously determined that unlike most vocal notes produced by a male canary, the sexy trills require “extraordinarily fast and coordinated alternation between the left and right sides of the syrinx (the avian vocal organ) more than 16 times a second.

For the male canary capable of executing this performance — even on tape — caged female canaries assume postures inviting copulation.

Now researchers at John Hopkins University have bathed the entire brain of male canaries with testosterone to see if male canaries sing better songs capable of seducing females.  It’s known that the medial preoptic nucleus part of a canary brain — or POM — controls sexual motivation. POM operates in humans as well.

In this recent study, researchers created three groups of male canaries: 1) POM only testosterone application; 2) entire brain testosterone application; and 3) no testosterone given. The results confirmed that while male canaries receiving the POM only applications of testosterone sang more frequently than the control, they couldn’t hit the seductive trills required to inspire the female canary to copulate. Only males receiving the entire brain bath of testosterone could pull off the five-star performance.

“The quality of the song that is required to successfully attract a mate and then the process of attending to the female, or singing to her, when she is there … requires the coordination of multiple brain regions,” says graduate student Beau Alward, the lead investigator.

Promising insights may also come for seduction among humans, given the reality that like humans, the canary brain is able to change its neural pathways and synapses in response to changes in behavior, the seasonal environment, and injury.  “The hormones in these birds are identical to those in humans and they can regulate brain changes in a similar manner,” said Gregory F. Ball, vice dean for science and research infrastructure and professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. via 

Monday
Jun102013

Satan, Yoga & Fashion Monasticism Challenge Our Embrace of Body & Self? Questions Worth Considering

Models Cilou Annys and Sebastian Schluter are blatently sexual in Daniel Roche’s editorial ‘Tropical Heat for Schön! #21. Stylist Sascha Gaugel chooses the bare minimum for an editorial focused on body and sensuality, rather than style.

Cindy Crawford on Body Acceptance

Just now I posted Cindy Crawford’s latest editorial for Muse Magazine, along with her comments to The Edit that this gorgeous supermodel continues to feel ambivalence about her body. Crawford has been very articulate not only about her own issues with self-acceptance but that she is considered fat and a plus size model in today’s fashion world.

I call this decade-long fashion trend towards stripping away all sensuality from the body ‘fashion monasticism’. Its chief spokesperson is Karl Lagerfeld, who has stated publicly that men should have mistresses and see prostitutes to service their sexual needs, while women cultivate their skills as mothers. (Read Like Aristotle, Karl Lagerfeld Sees Women As Predators.) Lagerfeld has replaced sexuality with shopping, and a dollars and cents philosophy that fuels big business and big brands.

Satan, Yoga and Fashion Monasticism

In this respect, Lagerfeld — who prides himself with being so in the groove for an older man — isn’t so out of step with Virginia’s GOP candidate for lieutenant governor E.W. Jackson, who believes that yoga can open individuals to Satan. Neither man sees the body as a sacred vessel with a sacred connection to sensuality and nature. Both view sensuality as a corrupting force.

In his 2008 book “Ten Commandments to an Extraordinary Life”, Jackson wrote:

“When one hears the word meditation, it conjures an image of Maharishi Yoga talking about finding a mantra and striving for nirvana. … The purpose of such meditation is to empty oneself. … [Satan] is happy to invade the empty vacuum of your soul and possess it. That is why people serve Satan without ever knowing it or deciding to, but no one can be a child of God without making a decision to surrender to him. Beware of systems of spirituality which tell you to empty yourself. You will end up filled with something you probably do not want.”

I was rather shocked to read that yoga is considered the work of the devil. Sure enough, former Vatican exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth says that yoga — along with Harry Potter — are the tools of the devil. And retired Pope Benedict has warned that yoga “can degenerate into a cult of the body.”

Bottom line, in the case of Christianity, ambivalence about having a healthy relationship with one’s body and sexuality are a daily struggle. Although not a religious scholar by any stretch of the imagination, my own experience with sexuality and religion is that they are almost incompatible in the view of the church hierarchy.

Sexuality exists for the purpose of reproduction. Beyond that, having a positive relationship with one’s body and sensuality generally is a corrupting force, one that defiles — rather than inspires — our spirits and behavior patterns. This fundamental human conflict is activated more so in women than men, because religion regards women as fundamentally corrupting forces, when we stray from our predestined path of being focused on family.

Let us remember the Vatican’s harsh criticism of Mercy Sister Margaret Farley’s book “Just Love”, which sought to help create ‘norms’ to guide our sexual actions in the form of responsible pleasure. A past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the scholar who taught Christian ethics at Yale Divinity School attempted to present a theological rationale for same-sex relationships, masturbation and remarriage after divorce.

Besides my unyielding concerns about the damage done to women’s psyches and bodies worldwide in the name of religious fervor (Read Jimmy Carter on Religion As Agent of Women’s Oppression), I believe that this negation of human sexuality actually feeds America’s porn industry. When social conservatives buy more porn than progressives — and Sunday is the biggest day of the porn-buying week — there is a fundamental tension between what social conservatives say, and what they do.

Smart Sensuality Bodies

Perhaps the most Satanic cults of all are the holier-than-thou types. The Smart Sensuality person does believe the body is a sacred vessel to be nurtured. We believe that when one honors the sensuality of nature in a positive way, one feels the pain and suffering of others.

There is no incompatibility between having a healthy attitude about sexuality and accepting responsibility for one’s actions and the need to do good in the world. What one sees is a life in balance and positive action, rather than one obsessed with guilt, self-doubt and self-loathing.

The church may argue that the concept of ‘self’ is anathema to God’s law. But science has demonstrated that even pigs learn quickly how mirrors work, and may rank with apes, dolphins and other species who have passed the “mirror self-recognition test’, considered to be a marker of self-awareness and advanced intelligence.

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