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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
Mar182015

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’

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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Thursday
Dec182014

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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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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Tuesday
Nov112014

Egypt's Artivists Rally To Combat Increased Sexual Harassment Against Women

Egyptian Women Protest Rape

A problem for decades in Egypt, sexual harassment against women has been on the rise in Egypt since the 2011 uprising. A 2013 report by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women reporting that 99.3% of Egyptian women have experienced some form of sexual harassment, reports EgyptianStreets.com.

As in most countries around the world, women are blamed for causing their own sexual harassment because of how we walk, how we talk or how we dress. In the case of the Egyptian women, daring to enter society as professionals is a reason to accept the inevitability of sexual harassment.

Society’s Complicit Role In Sexual Harassment

Two new songs released this summer articulate strongly society’s complicit role in promoting sexual harassment head on.

The first video with almost 1 million page views is by the rapper Zap Tharwat and singer Menna Hussein. While there are no subtitles in English, the message is clear to all who watch the popular culture artistry.

This second song ‘I won’t blame the harasser’ by Abo stresses that he is holding society responsible and not the harasser. Again from EgyptianStreets.com:

The music video follows actress and activist Sarra Abdelrahman as she takes out her anger on a projection of mob harassment in Tahrir Square and TV anchors denouncing the victims of one of the many sexual assaults on women in Tahrir this year.

In a superb statement on the role of media and popular culture in promoting women’s sexual harassment, writer Mustafa Abdel-Halim —a London-based broadcast journalist and lecturer at the University of Westminster, underscores the opportunity for art and culture to promote a questioning voice against long-held cultural assumptions against women.

Street Art & Violence Against Women

Sexual harassment is now a crime in Egypt, but no one has high expectations of major changes as a result. Time will tell. Street artists are also joining Egypt’s artistic community. The ArtNewspaper.com reports a new term ‘artivists’, a term increasingly used in Egypt to describe artists who are also activists.

Melody Patry, a London-based film-maker and advocacy officer for the charity Index on Censorship, spent several months in Egypt last year interviewing around 20 artists for her documentary, “Shout Art Loud”, which she finished in June. The aim of the film, Patry says, is “to break down the barriers between art and daily life and to encourage women to speak out against sexual assault”. Patry says the term “artivists” is increasingly being used in Egypt to describe artists who are also activists.

The street artists El Zeft and Mira Shihadeh created a mural about the rampant sexual assault in Egypt called Circle of Hell

Artist and activist Merna Thomas is featured in Patry’s documentary ‘Shout Art Loud’. Thomas co-founded the project ‘Graffiti Harimi’ in 2012 with the goal of promoting ‘positive images of women in public spaces.

‘Shout Out Loud’ Trailer

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Saturday
Nov012014

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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Sunday
Oct122014

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

We can only assume that actor Jennifer Lawrence had been photographed by Patrick Demarchelier and styled for Vanity Fair November’s ‘Birds of Paradise by Jessica Diehl well before the recent digital leak of her nude photos.

Ah yes. Digging further, the photo shoot was on July 29 and her original, milktoast interview with VF contributing editor Sam Kashner on August 13. Instincts told Kashner that Lawrence would “come out swinging” if given the opportunity — and she does. 

The 24-year-old actress had not previously commented on the incident, but she spoke to Kashner at length about the anger she felt. “Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this,” she says. “It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world. ”

Lawrence then ticks off a list of emotions, attitudes and life understandings that many women comprehend. 

1. The apology. Lawrence says in the midst of anger and tears, she was about to apologize. But for what? She has nothing to feel sorry about. She didn’t do anything wrong. 

2. Lawrence wasn’t sending naked selfies to guys on Craigslist. She was in a stable, loving relationship for four years. 

3. Guys are very visual creatures. As Lawrence says: “ It was long distance, and either your boyfriend is going to look at porn or he’s going to look at you.” (That works maybe 50% of the time says Anne.)

Lawrence also takes a firm stand on the legal ramifications of the hack. “It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime,” she tells Kashner. “It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these Web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.”

Welcome to our pornified world, Jennifer, one that sucks when your own friends are looking at the images. I didn’t — by the way — look at one of them, because I agree with Lawrence’s argument that this is a sex crime. 

The worst part was telling her father, says the reality TV-loving star of ‘The Hunger Games’. Luckily, he had just played golf and was in a good mood. 

Money talks both ways in this game of profit.  LA entertainment attorney Martin Singer sent a letter to Google early in October representing Jennifer Lawrence and 11 other females. Accusing Google of profiting off the stolen images from Apple’s iCloud platform, Singer put the tidy sum of $100 million in damages on the table. 

“[B]ecause the victims are celebrities with valuable publicity rights, you do nothing - - nothing but collect millions of dollars in advertising revenue from your co-conspirator advertising partners as you seek to capitalize on this scandal rather than quash it,” the letter said. “Like the NFL, which turned a blind eye while its players assaulted and victimized women and children, Google has turned a blind eye while its sites repeatedly exploit and victimize these women.”

The LA Times story continues with Google taking action, removing tens of thousands of photos and closing hundreds of accounts on YouTube, Google image links and other Google properties. It’s interesting to read that the first request to Google came four weeks ago, with more than a dozen followup letters. 

The $100 million demand letter was sent to  Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who also serves as chief executive, exec chairman Eric E. Schmidt and top members of the company’s legal team.

Attorney Singer noted that Twitter had responded and cooperated immediately to contain distribution and take down the hacked photos. ~ Anne

 

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