Sensuality Reads

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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Eye 12-6-14 | Natural Artistry From Nunzio Paci & Edouard Martinet | Man As Tree

Eye 12-3-14 | A Traveling Education } Meditation Rebuilds Brain Structure | Trends In Remarriage

Eye 11-23-14 Elisabeth Daynes Early Human Sculptures | Annie Leibovitz ‘Pilgrimage’ | Anne Says More Kimye Coming

Eye 11-13-14 | Prince Ea ‘Anti Social Network | VIDA Sustainable E-commerce Site | Barney’s Holiday Windows

Eye 11-9-14 | Neonics & Honeybees | Bee Friendlier Flower Bombing | Whole Foods For Honeybees

Eye 11-5-14 | Toni Garrn Closed Denim For Burkina Faso | Cindy Crawford’s 2015 Art Van Charity Challenge

Eye 10-25-14 | Berlin Light Show Will Commemorate The End Of Berlin Wall | South African Textiles That Bear Witness

Eye 10-19-14 Gisele Bundchen Chanel No. 5 Commercial | Kurdish Women Fighters  Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer Under Intense Pressure

Eye 10-14-14 Zaha Hadid’s Catharsis For Cambodia | WikiLeaks Gets Fashionable | London’s Hackney Fashion Lab

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Eye 10-8-14 | H&M Jumpsuit: When Style & War Collide | Amazon Women | Burqa Bans

Eye 10-5-14 | American Parenting as Religion | Elisabeth Holmes Billionaire | Kurdish Women Fighters Update

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Eye 9-28-14 | Victoria Beckham Has Passion For UN Ambassador Role | Women & Heart Disease | Apologies to UAE Pilot Major Mariam al-Mansouri

Eye 9-25-14 | UAE Pilot Major Mariam al-Mansouri Leads UAE Air Strikes Against ISIS | Domestic Violence Tab Put At $9.5 Trillion Annually

Eye 9-23-14 Emma Watson On Feminism | Zaha Hadid On Architecture | Biomimicry at Blossom Tower

Eye 9-20-14 | Angelina Jolie To Direct ‘Africa’ | ‘I Am Eleven’ Documentary | Are Conservatives Happier In Liberal Countries?

Eye 9-17-14 | US Poverty & Child Development | Stella McCartney’s Green Carpet Collection

Eye 9-15-14 Richard Branson’s Unfulfilled Energy Pledge | G-Spot Science | Malala’s Attackers Arrested.

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Mutaa or 'Temporary Marriage' Grows Among Shiite Muslims

Foreign Policy’s article “The Militarization of Sex” says there’s no doubt that Hezbollah’s legitimization of mutaa — or temporary marriage — helps its Shiite supporters stay true to Allah in the more secular culture of Lebanon.

This concept of temporary marriage is disavowed by Sunni Muslims and is concentrated primarily in Iran and Iraq, and now Lebanon.

Reviewing several Islamic blogs, I see that mutaa or muta prevents “prostitution, dating, sexual anarchy, hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases and the AIDS that’s so prevalent in Western societies.”

In this state of temporary marriage — apparently sought by divorced and widowed women as much as all men — the couple pledges themselves in “marriage” to each other for an hour, day, month or year, in order to practice sanctified sex, rather than Western-stye sex — even if that sex is tantra or some other divinely-inspired Western encounter.

If I’m understanding correctly, because the temporary union is recognized by religious authorities, who understand that sexuality and libido are strong in humans, the mutaa marriage is far superior to our Western sexual mores for reasons not obvious to me.

Pragmatically, the woman receives financial compensation during the mutaa marriage, which could potentially make mutaa more attractive than just dating, from a woman’s perspective.

My initial reading is that mutaa is off limits for single women who should be virgins when they marry. In this way the many widows of war and divorced women can enjoy sexual pleasure as sanctified women in the eyes of religous authorities.

Most articles I’ve scanned say that single women do practice mutaa. I’m not certain where this situation leaves them when it’s time to marry and they must pass the virginity test. The article underscores the reality that mutaa is not a ‘loose woman’s’ practice but one enjoyed by many women who wear niqab. Such a woman is quoted extensively in the piece — if we can believe her and the source of the article.

Admittedly, I don’t know what I’m talking about on this fascinating subject, one that understandably upsets many feminists from all countries. I understand New Statesman writer Ziauddin Sardar’s argument that mutaa is a realistic response to human sexuality and Western sexual mores in conservative Shiite Muslim countries.

Honestly, I have no opinion on the subject. Instead, I’m getting an education on one aspect of Muslim sexuality, as practiced by Shiites, reading “The Militarization of Sex”.

This Foreign Policy article  caught my eye, searching for the writeup on Iranian Zahra Rahnavard, listed third, between President Obama and New York University economist rock star Nouriel Roubini on Foreign Policy’s list of the Top 100 influential thinkers in the world.

I haven’t reviewed them yet, but there are 10 Muslims in the list of 100. I don’t know how many women of any faith or country are included, but I’m counting now. Anne

More Reading on mutaa: Temporary ‘Enjoyment Marriages’ in Vogue Again with Some Iraqis Washington Post

Will you marry me - temporarily? New Statesman writer Ziauddin Sardar

Short-Term Marriaages Gain Popularity in Iraq NPR

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