Sexual Politics

Madonna Calls Out Gay Men’s Misogyny In Out Interview

Long Ring Finger Traits Similar Between Men & Women In Business

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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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Lizzy Caplan Of 'Masters of Sex' Talks Feminism With Playboy July/August 2015

Actor Lizzy Caplan who plays Virginia Johnson in Showtime’s ‘Masters of Sex’, an acclaimed drama loosely based on the work of sexperts Dr William Johnson, delivers beautiful lingerie shots captured by Kurt Iswarienko for The July-August issue of Playboy magazine.

David Rensin asks Lizzy Caplan 20 questions about ‘Masters of Sex’ and by Q4, the duo is talking feminism. Indeed … feminism.

‘Masters of Sex’ takes place during the late 1950s and early 1960s, an era when women ramped up their struggle for liberation. Virginia Johnson keeps pushing the envelope, but you can feel her frustration at almost every turn. Things have changed, but have they changed enough?

The tough pills that women are expected to swallow have gotten better, but it’s naive to think we’ve come that far from the 1950s. Women are still expected to accept a lower paycheck than a man for the same amount of work. And what about the difficulties every working mother faces, the stigma of leaving her child with a caregiver versus staying home and giving up her own dreams? There’s nothing on our show around the feminist issues that I don’t feel has a huge echo today. If anything, it makes me angry about today. [pauses] I’ve never said this out loud before, but I don’t know if we’ll get there in my lifetime. Until we can convince our own side—women—that this is a good thing for all of us, I don’t see how we stand a chance convincing all the men.

Read on for Q5.

Women are divided about equality too?

Yes. It’s disturbing. It’s not a 50-50 split, but some women have reacted to what I think is the wrong definition of feminism.

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Fishnets & Feminism | Powerful Women Like Our Fishnets Thanks To Madonna, Beyonce, Angelina, Jennifer Lopez & Co

Left: Belt and fishnets Louis Vuitton

History of Fishnets

The term ‘fishnet,’ meaning a loosely woven fabric, was in use by the early 1880s, writes Valerie Steele for CR Fashion Book: A Hole In The Sole,  but common wisdom dates the use of ‘fishnet stockings’ to 1933. Cancan dancers at the Moulin Rouge evoke evoke images of fishnets, but in reality the dancers wore opaque tights, says Steele. Even New Orleans prostitutes wore vertically striped stocking, not fishnets as a way of seducing men.

Wearing fishnets has always been associated with varying degrees of risqué, immodest and taboo behavior among women. It seems to me that the size of the hole communicates the desired message from bold to demure. Indeed, Fogal’s fine gauge, back seam fishnets are the epitome of refined raciness and self-assured, elegant femininity. 

Fishnets and the Male Mind

Most historical writing about fishnets is processed through the lens of the male mind. As symbols of naughty girl sins and a willingness to walk on the wild side, fishnets can transform a woman’s body into an erotic object through veiling and unveiling.  “Is not the most erotic portion of the body where the garment gapes?” asks Barthes in 1973′s The Pleasure of the Text. “There are no ‘erogenous zones’…; it is intermittence…which is erotic: the intermittence of skin flashing between two articles of clothing…between two edges…It is this flash itself which seduces…The staging of an appearance-as-disappearance.”

“The popularity of fetish objects is not biologically predetermined”, writes Steele,” but neither is it random. Male sexual arousal is highly visual … There is even some evidence that fishnets, like thigh-high boots, were often associated with ‘whip girls’ (dominatrices).”

Fishnets As Anti-social Fashion

Madonna by Terry Richardson for Harper’s Bazaar November 2013. Where is Steven Klein when she needs him!!!Returning to Steele:

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Bombshells And Femme Fatales Aren't For Fashion Posers

Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel fronts the campaign for the brand’s newest fragrance update Bombshells In Bloom. I was never a fan of the Michael Bay, testosterone-driven bombshell mentality of VS Angels jumping out of helicopters and strutting across the tarmac like they were about to cut off some guy’s testicles. Nor did I like the vulgarity of a Diamond Bombshell Bra. But this Bombshell In Bloom positioning is one I like: Forever flirty. Always sexy. Decidedly playful.

The word ‘Bombshell” and more often ‘Blonde Bombshell’ first made it into the dictionary around 1942. In practice Jean Harlowe had already been called a ‘bombshell’, before dying at age 26 of kidney failure. The term ‘bombshell’ preceded sex symbol — describing both men and women — a term that was first used in the mid-1950s to describe film stars like Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot.

Our bombshell conversation comes as Vogue Paris takes on the ‘femme fatale’ in their March issue. While we’ve seen several superb editorials:

Malgosia Bela in Belle De Soir By Katja Rahlwes

Malgosia Bela In ‘Belle De Soir’ By Katja Rahlwes For Vogue Paris March 2014

Natasha Poly In ‘Darling’ By Mario Sorrenti

Natasha Poly In ‘Darling’ Lensed By Mario Sorrenti For Vogue Paris March 2014

And The Smashing ‘Fatale’ With Lara Stone, Amanda Wellsh and Anna Luisa Ewers By Mert & Marcus

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Lara Stone Leads Vogue Paris March 2014 Look At Femme Fatales

Personally, I can’t imagine Vogue Paris Editor in Chief Emmanuelle Alt having any inkling of what makes women femme fatales. With a few rare exceptions, she has stripped Vogue Paris of its sensuality and any exploration of eroticism. When I sense that perhaps Vogue Paris is swinging its attitude towards a more sensual balance, Alt leaves me with sterility all over again.

The prelude to Vogue Paris’ March issue, with a dramatic Lara Stone on the cover, lensed by Mert & Marcus promises us:

“What is a femme fatale?” asks Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Emmanuelle Alt in her March 2014 editorial. “Is she a miracle of nature? A vamp? A master of sartorial enhancement? She’s a fantasy figure, sure, but so complexly drawn that try to name just one or two of these women and you’ll realize that they are all very different.”

To answer the question, we called on not just one, but four generations of muses. Fashion superstar Lara Stone lays bare a troubling beauty in deep black and magnetic red for Mert & Marcus on the cover and from the flaming-hot figure of the model launched by Vogue Paris back in 2007 as she raises the temperature in tuxedos, to Jane Birkin’s essentials and the magnetism of Betty Catroux, via the disturbing innocence of Marine Vacht, the muse takes shape inside the magazine. But she’s not just one woman, the femme fatale is more an iconic, astounding allure that breaks all the rules. This same refusal of classic codes also runs through editorials featuring some of the biggest girls of the moment, including Natasha Poly, Edie Campbell and Karlie Kloss, who readily play with their femininity as they explore what the term really means. And no-one more so than Toni Garrn, who sacrificed her honey blonde locks live for the magazine, in favor of an assertive bob in this issue. Stunning Amazonian women have always been at home in the magazine, evidenced in this month’s supplement of beautiful vintage images from Coming into Fashion, a Century of Photography at Condé Nast, a new exhibition at Paris’ Palais Galliera March 1 - May 25.

Here are some recent Vogue Paris, femme fatale editorials that encouraged me in the last year that the magazine would once again embrace a more erotic mindset. Overall, though, Vogue Paris under Emmanuelle Alt has not kept up with more interesting magazines like W Magazine or Interview.

Is this March 2014 Lara Stone on fire cover a signal of change? It reminds me of an Interview cover.  To be determined. With Emmanuelle Alt, I’ve learned to keep my expectations low. Vogue Paris has become fashion milktoast, as I feared it would when sharing my thoughts:

Must Emmanuelle Alt’s French Vogue Lose All It’s Sensual Soul?

Emmanuelle Alt & Nudity | Will Vogue Paris Remain A Sensual Beacon?

All Vogue Paris editorials

Saskia de Brauw By Terry Richardson For Vogue Paris February 2014

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Esther Heesch & Friends By Tom Ford For His Sp/Summer 2014 Accessories Campaign

Tom Ford is his usually provocative, devilish self behind the lens for his Spring/Summer Accessories campaign. Models Esther Heesch, Conrad Bromfield and Carlos Peters enjoy gender-fluid, sensual exploration with a nod to 50 Shades. But then, Tom Ford has always had his finger on this pulse — and especially for women in charge. Look closely. Ouch! 


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Madonna: Glorious, Gorgeous And Vitally Dangerous

Feanne here, writing on behalf of Anne. We are both fans of Madonna, a brave and beautiful woman who is wielding her provocative persona and powerful influence in the world to create good change.

Madonna, through the stark lens of Terry Richardson, and styled as a modern warrior queen by B Åkerlund, sets the pages of Harper’s Bazaar US November 2013 issue aflame with her strong words and iconic image. The feature, titled Truth or Dare?, is accompanied by her story, telling us in her own words about starting out as a struggling young artist and her harrowing experiences of being mugged at gunpoint and raped at knifepoint in her first few years in New York. She says Frida Kahlo helped her get through those tough times:

And I wondered if it was all worth it, but then I would pull myself together and look at a postcard of Frida Kahlo taped to my wall, and the sight of her mustache consoled me. Because she was an artist who didn’t care what people thought. I admired her. She was daring. People gave her a hard time. Life gave her a hard time. If she could do it, then so could I.

She talks about her creative work through the decades, and how her creativity is tied to her spiritual beliefs, with Kabbalah being the core. Despite this being a peaceful and intellectual ideology, she says:

For some reason, that made people nervous. It made people mad. Was I doing something dangerous? It forced me to ask myself, Is trying to have a relationship with God daring? Maybe it is. 

The idea that artists are dangerous is as old as art itself. Throughout history, creative people— especially creative women— have been ostracized and oppressed for thinking and behaving differently. Society is afraid of the unknown, the strange, the “other”. Freethinkers and artists are harbringers of change, which is perceived to be disruptive and dangerous to the status quo.

In Madonna’s new short film, secretprojectrevolution, sensuous choreography and striking visuals are used to present an intense narrative about the ongoing war for freedom and creativity. This war happens physically all over the world, but it also happens internally, as each of us must face our own internal demons. Madonna warns artists that they need to be able to “swim upstream in shark-infested waters”. She gives voice to the victims of fear, hatred, and human rights violations. Dark glamour is juxtaposed with the foreboding images of oppression and persecution. She calls for the destruction of walls and labels. Violence and apathy must be displaced with love and creativity. In a scene close to the ending, she brings back to life those she killed earlier on. I found this to be a powerful metaphor for what many of us do every day— we kill the creative voices within ourselves when we succumb to insecurity and apathy. However, we always have the power to revive and nurture them. It is the same with the world around us. Madonna reminds us that we have the power to change things.

In his luminous book The Universe Is A Green Dragon, physicist and cosmologist Brian Swimme writes:

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Cliteracy: Revelations On Our Favourite Female Organ

Artist Sophia Wallace sheds light on the truth about the clitoris.

Consider this: In over five million years of human evolution, only one organ has come to exist for the sole purpose of providing pleasure – the clitoris.  It is not required for reproduction.  It doesn’t have a urethra running through it like the penis, and thus, does not urinate.  Its sole function – its singular, wonderful purpose – is to make a woman feel good!!

This joyful thought is how the mysterious Miss M. began her lesson on The Internal Clitoris at the Museum of Sex blog. It’s always good to learn something new, especially when it’s about an organ that exists solely to give us women pleasure. Did you know that the clitoris is not just that little button perched atop the vaginal lips? And that the vaginal orgasm is actually an internal clitoral orgasm? If you’re surprised about this, then we’re in the same boat! Let’s discover more about the hitherto unexplored anatomy of the clitoris. Miss M. noted that the size and scope of the clitoris was only studied in recent years, so it’s not surprising the most people don’t know about it:

Try asking the next person you encounter to tell you where the clitoris is located… I’ll guess that the majority of answers you receive will sound something like, “It’s that small bulb at the top of my lips,” or, “That’s the button up under the hood.” Although these responses aren’t exactly wrong, the interesting truth is that the majority of the clitoris is actually within the pelvis – that is, it’s far more internal than external. Even most of the women I coach, women who are generally worldly and well-informed about their own bodies, react with a combination of fascination and confusion when I explain that their clitoris extends deep within them.

Sketch and 3-D image of an erect clitoris via Museum of Sex blog.

What we think of as the clitoris is only the external portion, known as the glans. This is connected to two internal shafts, the corpora cavernosa. Each shaft has a crus and a vestibule attached to it. The vestibules are bulbs located just under the skin of the vaginal lips. Here’s where it gets interesting. When the clitoris is aroused, the corpora cavernosa squeeze the vaginal tube, while the vestibules become swollen and squeeze the vaginal opening. 

CLITERACY, 100 Natural Laws by Sophia Wallace is an art project that explores a paradox: the global obsession with sexualizing female bodies in a world that is illiterate when it comes to female sexuality.

Why are we only learning about this now? It was only in 2009 when Dr. Odile Buisson and Dr. Pierre Foldès completed the first 3-D image of the clitoris. Miss M. noted that they did this work with hardly any pay:

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