Sexual Politics

Madonna Calls Out Gay Men’s Misogyny In Out Interview

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Jennifer Lawrence Calls Photo Hack A Sex Crime | $100 Million Lawsuit Threat Finally Prompts Google Action


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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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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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Texas Abortion Clinics Remain Open For Now | New Male Contraceptive By 2018 | Solid Link Between Teen Pregnancy & Obesity

Women’s Health News, Abortion & Contraception

1. At the end of its term, the US Supreme Court issued a stay in litigation around the state of Texas’ new laws that would close 10 more women’s health clinics that provide abortion services.

The law was scheduled to take effect on July 1.Previously, new laws in Texas reduced the number of similar women’s clinics from 41 to 19, making abortion services functionally impossible for tens of thousands of poor women in the state.

These tough new laws require 1) that a doctor performing an abortion — a procedure with an abnormally low rate of complications compared to other medical procedures done in clinics — have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. The hospitals are most reluctant to give such privileges, wanting to avoid becoming embroiled in the abortion debate or for religious reasons.

2) The new laws also require clinics to meet the same standards as outpatient surgery center, upgrades that can cost $1 million or more.

Two dozen other states have new laws similar to those in Texas. Both sides of the abortion debate want the Supreme Court to involve themselves in clarifying the legality of legislation that seeks to eliminate abortion in many states in America, all in the name of protecting the woman. The jedges will indicate whether or not they will put abortion rights on the docket when the court reconvenes in September.

2. Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic in Jackson will remain open, with the US Supreme Court taking no action on a federals appeal ruling that left the clinic open.

Mississippi is another of the states demanding that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. No hospital in MIssissippi will grant such privileges.

3. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt filed notice of appeal on Wednesday that he will appeal a court ruling that overturned a Kansas law using an abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation.

The Wichita Eagle writes:

Laura McQuade, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, called the bill “extreme, unconstitutional” in an e-mail and said it “risks women’s health by banning the safest method of second trimester abortion according to every major medical authority.”

She said she was confident that the restraining order would be upheld and that the law would ultimately be defeated by the courts.

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4. Sources of post-abortion counseling that aren’t connected with right to lifers are hard to find.

 Pro-Lifers Harass Women After Abortions The Daily Beast

In 2008, an American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force reviewed the scientific literature on mental health and abortion and concluded, “[T]here is no credible evidence that a single elective abortion of an unwanted pregnancy in and of itself causes mental health problems for adult women.”

The same Task Force cautioned that among the studies indicating that select women can experience grief, depression and anxiety after an abortion, all other risk factors must be taken into account. What is the woman’s exposure to poverty, violence, alcohol, drugs and other negative factors? The report concluded that the best predictor of a woman’s mental health post abortion is her health pre-pregnancy.

Still, writes The Daily Beast, post-abortion organizations are advancing rapidly on the American landscape.

5. In Oregon, lawmakers approved a bill that allows women to get birth control prescriptions from a pharmacist instead of a physician.

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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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Prochoice Groups Ready To Challenge Roe In Supreme Court | Teen Pregnancy Rate Plummets | OTC Contraception

Abortion & Contraception News

1.US Supreme Court Lets Stand Fourth Circuit Ruling that North Carolina Abortion Law Is Unconstitutional

US The Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal from the state of North Carolina, refusing to reconsider the ruling of an appeals court overturning a state law that would require doctors to perform a mandatory ultrasound on women seeking an abortion in the state. The law also would require doctors to display the ultrasounds and give the woman a mandatory explanation of details that would happen to her fetus.

In December, a unanimous three-judge panel in Richmond’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the North Carolina law was unconstitutional as a violation of the First Amendment.

“The state cannot commandeer the doctor-patient relationship to compel a physician to express its preference to the patient,” Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III wrote in December. 

Other federal court of appeals in Texas and South Dakota have upheld similar laws, traditionally forcing a direct appeal to the US Supreme Court, as happened with North Carolina. The SC is also expected to announce whether it will hear a state of Mississippi. via

2. Pro-Choice Groups Considering Direct Appeal to the Supreme Court Over Texas Abortion Law

After a recent Supreme Court decision upholding a Texas abortion law that would close down almost every remaining health facility in the state, pro-choice groups are changing course and seriously considering a demand that the nation’s highest court must clarify what it means in clarifying when rules governing doctors, clinics or medical procedures become an unconstitutional ‘undue burden’ on a woman’s right to an abortion.

In the 1992 Supreme Court decision Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the decision ruled that: 

“the State may enact regulations to further the health or safety of a woman seeking an abortion, but may not impose unnecessary health regulations that present a substantial obstacle to a woman seeking an abortion.”

“An undue burden exists,” it continued, “and therefore a provision of law is invalid if its purpose or effect is to place substantial obstacles in the path of a woman seeking an abortion before the fetus attains viability.”

3. Senate Reopens Debate On Expanded Access To Contraception

Democratic Senator Patty Murray introduced the Affordability is Access Act, an action that has renewed debate about access to birth control under the Affordable Care Act. The proposed bill requires health insurance companies to cover birth control pills, should they become available over-the-counter.

Many Republicans are pressing on the option of making some contraception available without a prescription, an action that could cost women up to $600 a year, writes The Guardian.

“I believe strongly that women should be able to get the comprehensive health care they need, when they need it — without being charged extra, without asking permission, and without politicians interfering,” said Sen. Murray in a news release.

A recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation  examining 20 insurance carriers in five states - California, Georgia, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas - found that almost all the plans limit access to some forms of birth control — either by not covering them at all or by charging a co-pay.

The Guardian article narrates the Republican position on over-the-counter contraception as being driven by major concern that women’s reproductive health issues will be a major topic in the 2016 elections, where it’s very possible that Democrats can retake control of the Senate.

4. Good News! The Teen Pregnancy Rate Continues To Drop

Newsweek reviews multiple studies that confirm a consistent and even accelerating drop in the rate of teen pregnancy. From 1991 to 2013, the number of high school students who report never having sex declined from 54.1 percent to 46.8 percent, according to the CDC. Lisa Romero reports that more than 85 percent of teens who are sexually active are using some form of contraception or birth control.

TV shows have also played a role. One 2014 study concluded that this media that doesn’t glamorize teen sex resulted in an average 5.7 decline in teen births in the 12 months after their debuts. As Mark Regnerus, a sociologist at the University of Texas at Austin, puts it, there is a “growing conviction that teenage pregnancy can really derail a person’s immediate future.”


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’


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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Redtracker | Women & Subway Safety | Bishop Abby Lane @ Church of England | Banned In Belarus

Women & Subway Safety

1. The Foundation Thomson Reuters probed women’s perceptions of safety in the world’s 15 largest capitals and in New York. Repondents were over 18 years of age and answered questions online. Besides asking respondents about feelings of insecurity, the survey also asked women in they believed someone would come to their aid, if attacked.

Results by city where women felt the least safe were 1.Bogata; 2. Mexico City; Lima; 4. Delhi; 5. Jakarta; 6. Buenos Aires; 7. Kuala Lumpur; 8. Bangkok; 9. Moscow; 10. Manila; 11. Paris; 12. Seoul; 13. London; 14. Beijing; 15. Tokyo; 16. New York.

On average 65% of the 6300 women surveyed believed no one would help them if they were attacked. in Seoul, 90% of respondents believed no one would help them. Paris was in third place at 85%. In London, the ‘no help’ reponse was 74%. via Madame LeFigaro (translate in Google)


Women-Only Trains & Buses

2. Just two months after Sao Paolo approved a bill enforcing women-only train carriages in the city’s subway system, England is also talking female-only train cars and buses. Sexual offences have risen 21 percent in a single year in Britain. via

In Sao Paolo, many women have protested the new ‘pink train’ arguing that women should be free to feel safe in public.

In 2011 the Israeli High Court of Justice ruled that gender segregation was unlawful and abolished the country’s “kosher” public buses, in which female passengers were required to sit at the back.

Women-only transportation cars exist in Japan, India, Egypt, Iran, Taiwan, Mexico, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, and the UAE.

Banned in Belarus

3. In June 2014, the Belarusian Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare signed off ‘On the amendment of the list of physically-demanding jobs and jobs with harmful and/or unsafe working conditions, for which women may not be recruited.

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