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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Thursday
Mar192015

Shailene Woodley Can Stand For Women's Rights While Not Being A Feminist, But Does She?

Teen Vogue describes actress Shailene Woodley as one of Hollywood’s few ‘earnest’ young actresses. She’s a Hollywood rebel but not a deliberate one, writes TV.

Woodley is pictured here, styled by Barbara Baumel for Elle US April 2015, lensed by Michael Thompson.

Of course, I’m sad that — unlike Beyoncé and Emma Watson — Shailene Woodley rejects the term ‘feminism’ at a time when women’s rights are under assault worldwide. Woodley says she chooses to not define herself with labels, and this is a position I can respect.

At the same time, I’m exhausted with folks who work for equal rights for the world’s women — me for one — getting a bad rap for being’ divisive’. Anyone who reads AOC knows that I actually consider myself a ‘man’s woman’ and a great friend to men. Yet I work unrelentingly to help women everywhere, while fully embracing the term ‘feminist’. The word signifies nothing more than a person who believes in equal rights for women, and only feminism’s fringe has made it divisive. 

As an anonymous member of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity told Philadelphia Magazine last night, ‘Men Will Be Men’. He told us all to stop being sanctimonious and get real. Men have done stupid things and had their way with women for thousands of years, said the frat guy.

On the one hand, posting naked photos of unconscious or sleeping nude women on private fraternity pages isn’t at all the ‘crime’ outlined in the new documentary ‘India’s Daughter’ about the prevalence of rape in India and why women deserve it. And yet, there is a duality between the two actions that is cemented in a pervasive, global male entitlement over women’s bodies… and their wages … and their identities as ‘good women’.

Rather than jump on Shailene Woodley words and make headlines of her comments to Elle Magazine that she’s not a ‘feminist’, I want to learn more about her — what are her actions.

Does she do anything to help women, or is the plight of the world’s women and children just not on her radar. Her actions will determine what I say next on this exploding topic of whether a young woman in any country considers herself to be a ‘feminist’. This seems to be the new interview question — which just may be divisive in itself.

American women, in particularly have been notoriously absent from international actions for poor women. We have gotten better since 2009, when we were conspicuously absent from the issue except for then Secretary of State Clinton’s total change out of State Department policies on the plight of women globally.

In the coming months we will be tracking this issue with our original focus on Smart Sensuality women: sexy, smart and with great heart. And we will have two lists of women — those who live with a feminist mindset and who don’t, with both lists inspired more by actions than labels.  ~ Anne

 

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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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Monday
Dec152014

Amber Valletta Launches Master & Muse Socially-Conscious Shopping

Top model and muse, 40-year-old Amber Valletta is lensed by Derek Kettela for The Editorialist.com. Michaela Dosamantes styles Amber, who shares a multitude of ideas with Lauren David Peden. Here are the highlights. 

On Musedom

To master anything, you have to be exceptional and work very hard, and the same for being a muse. A muse is not just (someone) looking beautiful. A muse is actually an active, powerful word.

On Master & Muse

Valletta is using the same pursuit of excellence in her new business venture Master & Muse, an online store for environmental and socially responsible clothing.

Master & Muse by Amber Valletta provides a fun, accessible and informative one-stop-shop for those super stylish, conscientious shoppers who want to buy better – secure in the knowledge that the clothes and accessories they are purchasing are good for them, their family, and the community at large.

Amber credits her mother, an environmental activist ‘very passionate about giving back to the community’, with her decision to launch an eco-friendly fashion website.

Valletta continues:

I grew up on my grandparents’ farm, so I knew about environmentalism even before it was a hot topic and I always had a strong connection to the world around me.

I also saw that there was a disconnect in our (fashion) industry between producing things not just responsibly to the environment, but also to people, and paying people fairly. So when I began to think about my next steps and building a brand, I decided that it needed to match my beliefs.

Master & Muse currently features ‘like-minded’ designers including Clare Vivier, Kayu, Freedom of Animals, Lemlem, Organic by John Patrick, Mich Dulce, Melissa Joy Manning and Vivienne Westwood.

Amber Valletta’s new business venture Master & Muse continues the forward march of Smart Sensuality women and our principles. ~ Anne

 

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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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Wednesday
Oct012014

Christy Turlington's Smart Sensuality Success Recipe For A Good Life

Christy Turlington is one of original supers and a consummate Smart Sensuality woman. Read why.

Turlington looks magnificent in the above image by Inez & Vinoodth for Porter Magazine #5. I pulled this other sequence of three images from the duo’s blog, because they sum up the combo of feminine and masculine values that converge in the Smart Sensuality woman.

What’s missing from this sensual feast from Inez % Vinoodth is the action-driven philanthropy component that is core to the lifestyle of a Smart Sensuality woman. For Turlington, the core action based on doing good is the creation of her ‘Every Woman Counts’ Foundation, dedicated to improving maternal health worldwide.

Vogue profiled Christy Turlington in early September as the super woman, wife and mother of two as the veterman New York Marathon runner prepped to become a newbie in the Chicago Marathon this month.Vogue writes:

Turlington Burns has been training for marathons since 2011, when she saw an opportunity to raise awareness for her nonprofit, Every Mother Counts, which aims to provide women with access to critical medical care in an effort to end preventable deaths during pregnancy and childbirth. The 26-mile challenge is symbolic of the issue because, says Turlington Burns, “distance is one of the biggest barriers women face bringing life into the world,” with expectant mothers in developing countries often traveling great distances in search of emergency care.

In the FYI column, Turlington describes running into New York in the final leg of that global epic marathon, explaining that New York ranks 47th in the US in maternal mortality. A recent grant from Every Mother Counts to the New York state government seeks to make pregnancy and childbirth safer for every female living in the state. ~ Anne

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Sunday
Sep142014

Yes, The G-Spot Does Exist As Part Of Holistic Female Sexual Anatomy

I could write: “No wonder women and men are confused! What do you mean there is no G-spot!!!! I have one.”

Like all the quickie analysis of how to pleasure a woman, Huff Po UK’s Rachel Moss adds to the confusion, writing:

In the majority of women’s magazines (Cosmo, we’re looking at you) a woman’s G-spot is listed as the magical gateway to sexual pleasure.

But new research suggests the ‘holy grail’ of female orgasms may not even exist.

Really? Is that what the research said, Rachel? Then why did you follow with this explanation:

A study, published in the journal Nature Reviews Urology, says it isn’t just the G-Spot that brings a woman sexual pleasure but a much larger “intimate area”, named the clitourethrovaginal (CUV) complex, which includes the uterus and the clitoris.

While you add to the perpetual confusion about female sexuality, Rachel, are you certain that the study concluded that the uterus is part of the CUV? Or have you confused uterus with urethra? I know both words begin with the letter ‘u’, but that is all they have in common in the recent reswearch. 

If I sound annoyed by these kneejerk headlines concerning the G-Spot not existing, I respond “you got that right!” Women have enough challenges achieving sexual pleasure in America, and the Brits are no better off.

For starters, the new research led by Emmanuele A. Jannini, professor of endocrinology and sexology at Tor Vergata university in Rome, says that the pleasure zone that triggers a female orgasm — where the woman is psychologically and emotionally receptive to having one I will add — is more complex than just a single area identified as the G-spot, named after Ernst Grafenberg, a German gynaecologist who proposed its existence in 1950.

Professor Jannini concludes that the CUV complex comprising the clitoris, urethra and anterior (front) vaginal wall is “much more complex than a simple, phantasmagoric ‘point’ ” — not that I ever thought it was a ‘point’. 

“The vagina is an active tissue and sexually important to be respected,” concludes Dr. Jannini. 

The ‘stop looking for the G-spot, it does not exist’ headlines serve to further confuse everyone about female sexual anatomy. Frankly, I do not understand what new research comes from Dr. Jannini.

Current Knowledge of Female Sexual Anatomy

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Thursday
Aug212014

Kate Moss Shares Left Breast As Mold For Champagne Glass

Champagne is my favorite beverage, leaving me pleased to share my return to Anne of Carversvville and GlamTribale with news that supermodel Kate Moss inspired British artist Jane McAdam Freud’s champagne glass molded around Kate’s left breast. Celebrating Kate’s 25 years in fashion, the project is sponsored by Mayfair restaurant 34.

Kate is not the first woman to inspire such a champagne glass. Marie Antoinette affords Kate the place of recreating the lavish concept glass which will also be available at sister restaurants The Ivy, Daphne’s and Scott’s. 

As for the future of AOC, there will be major changes that reflect the very difficult last year of my life. Any fashion editorials must support either GlamTribale or sensuality. Both domestic and international women’s rights, women artists, women politicos and women philanthropists will return to prominence. And I will integrate some of the wonderful inspiration from my Facebook friends into our content. 

As my websites return to supporting my core values, I share a toast to the future and all that it holds dear.

Much love, Anne

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