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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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Aphrodite Joins Yemaya & Mami Wata for a Swim in Human Consciousness

It’s 30 months ago that I wrote this post about goddesses and my immersion again in studies of the collective unconscious and mythology. I had no vision of a GlamTribale jewelry collection when I joined Aphrodite and Mami Wata in a cohesive vision of female sensuality and its place in the male unconscious mind.

Writing just now about Lais Ribero as a Bahia beauty in L’Officiel Netherlands as ‘Toda Menina Baiana’ (strut your stuff), Mami Wata appeared and asked to have her story reshared once again. There’s a bit of hell tp pay that she wasn’t first in line in Benjamin’s goddess essays.

Mami W was not persuaded, but she has forgiven me. 

After a long and difficult journey for me — which is nothing compared to Mami Wata’s journey and suffering on the slave ships across the Atlantic and into Haiti and on to South America — the GlamTribale goddesses are here. And without a doubt we are swimming in the waters of human consciousness — further, deeper and with more incredible connections than I ever dreamed was possible in my life. What a spider web!! ~ Anne

Men have always been ambivalent about mermaids, the mythological aquatic creature with a female human head and torso but the tail of a fish. In many ancient cultures, mermaids were regarded as semi-divine aspects of the Goddess.

Carl Jung’s theory of the feminine unconscious describes this oceanic-subterranean womb of creation as an unfathomable place of ancient wisdom but also fear.

The first known mermaid stories appeared in Assyria, ca. 1000 BC. The goddess Atargatis, mother of Assyrian queen Semiramis, loved a mortal shepherd and unintentionally killed him.

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Giampaolo Sgura's Antidote 'Corps à Corps' | Serpents & Goddesses

Ashley Smith | Giampaolo Sgura | Antidote #2 Fall 2011 | Corps à Corps

What an interesting morning, first hearing from the Antidote magazine team and explaining my limitless passion for the Antidote point of view and Giampaolo Sgura’s photography in general. (See more Giampaolo Sgura editorials.)

Giampaolo lives on my short list of people who truly understand the push and pull, the agony and the ecstasy of embracing our sensual identities.  His colleague Yann Weber styles one editorial after another with the same sophisticated sensual sensibilities.

The Antidote team is fresh, provocative and a New Eroticism editorial force to be reckoned with.

In ‘Corps à Corps’ for Antidote #2, Yann styles Ashley Smith dressed in snake skin. (For the record, I’ve written multiple times on real-deal snakes and the fashion industry.)

Serpent Myths & the Great Goddesses

There is no symbol more potent and relevant to me than the serpent. When I was about 10-12 years old, a snake visited me often in my dreams — he was my dear friend with a very human male face. I remember explaining repeatedly to him that I adored him and felt able to tell him all my secrets — but we had to keep a distance between us.

Our dream conversations were so earnest on my part — and his, too. They were never sexual; instead he was my confidant bearing witness to my totally authentic, uncorrupted self. Serpents would have been on my brain without the recent, rather explosive AOC discussions about the alleged ‘natural submission of women’.

My dear friend and body psychotherapist Ellen Gayda, lent me her volume ‘The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets’ over the weekend. We will post Ellen’s response to Taryn Andreatta’s ‘The Offering’ later today.

Prompted by ‘The Offering’ to ‘teach’ our young women Feminism 101 in 2012, several second-wave feminist friends of mine, including Ellen Gayda, are digging deep into the historical records and especially women’s history pre-monotheism to set the record straight on what second wave feminism really believed.

When I put down this rich, encyclopedia of women’s stories and myths late last night, I had serpents on my mind — but no sweet dreams unfortunately.

I woke up with a message from Pauline @Antidote with whom I corresponded. And now arrive in my Sensual Rebel column to write about serpents. Who is the photographer waiting for me, images loaded and ready for my bon mots? Giampaolo Sgura.

Chills run up my spine when these coincidences occur. Are they just the laws of statistical probability at work?  Or is another form of energy at play in these deliciously sensual, images of Ashley Smith in the shoes of the season?

Here is a tasting of what ‘The Woman’s Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets’ says about serpents.

Indirectly, these myths challenge the argument that women are naturally submissive, a belief that AOC rejects. I wrote to Pauline this morning that Giampaolo’s and Yanni’s visions of women remind me of Versace and the sensually powerful glamazon supermodels, women far more akin to the goddesses of mythology, than today’s much more frail fashionistas.

Hinduism’s Anante the Infinite

The ageless serpent was originally identified with the Great Goddess herself. Hinduism’s Anata the Infinite was the serpent-mother who embraced Vishnu and other gods during their “dead” phase.

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'Mysteries of the Garden of Eden' | History Channel | In Latin Apple Means Evil

‘the apple of my eye’ by young British photographer Eleanor Hardwick

Genesis, the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve, the patriarchy, guilt and sensuality have always been front and center in my thinking. As a young woman, I launched a journal called ‘The Gospel According to Lilith’. At NYU, my senior thesis was focused on women in fifth-century BC Greece.

I’ve spent my life trying to understand why dolphins were so honored in Greece at this time that killing them was a capital crime, but today — when we know more about dolphin brains and consciousness than ever before — we ritually kill them in Taiji, Japan.

The History Channel show ‘Mysteries of the Garden of Eden’ is without question the most important hour of TV I’ve ever watched.

While ‘Mysteries of the Garden of Eden’ doesn’t focus on why the patriarchy rose to power, it shatters the Genesis myth once and for all in my eyes, showing how the exact stories of the Bible are traced back to Sumerian culture, when women were first veiled.

Religious scholars — not heathen liberals as Rush Limbaugh would suggest — explain that the Garden of Eden story is almost identical to the Sumerian creation myth.

Lilith, Adam’s first wife in the Old Testament, was once known as a Sumerian fertility/agricultural goddess before she became demonified by later religions. HC gives Lilith a much more central role than I’ve ever experienced on TV.

Every religion known to mankind has some kind of “evil woman” myth, writes The Lilith Library. Quite a few of them bear a startling resemblance to Lilith, who has many different names, such as Marilith or Lilitu, but all of them connect with the common theme: A demon woman, often with wings, who kills men and sometimes children.

Angels pictures gallery by GenzomanOne of the most startling facts in the History Channel presentation on the Garden of Eden isn’t that apples didn’t grow in the Mediterranean, leaving many historians to argue that the apple was really a pomegranate.

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Lara Stone and Monica Bellucci Choose To Eat Eve's Apple

Lara Stone | Be Delicious Like An Apple

The day after Lara Stone won her case against French Playboy’s unauthorized use of her photos, I wake up to her fruity beauty once again. It would be easy to chastise DKNY for ther extreme focus on product here.

When Lara Stone first broke into modeling, the problem was her generous golden apples. She tells stories of size -2 stylists looking at her horrified, saying ‘you’re too fat’ for these clothes. The problem is that she has breasts in a fashion world that dumped healthy, - women for androgynous models with almost no breasts.

Both women are beautiful, of course, but Lara Stone’s breasts don’t exist only for men’s pleasure. Lara’s extreme body confidence and comfortable self-image being naked suggest an inner exhibitionist at heart.

Lara Stone inspires us to be a Delicious Woman. In challenging prevailing, fashion beauty norms, the Dutch model tells us it’s okay to eat the apple. We are women and most of us have Eve breasts, regardless of fashion designers liking them or not.

Some designers say breasts “get in the way” of the design they’re creating and so they prefer women without them. We say breasts of every size are a bountiful blessing for the human species.

Smart Sensuality woman Donna Karan has always loved a female shape, so buy Donna Karan or DKNY and celebrate being delicious. No, this is not a paid for commentary. I just like the imagery and message that real sensuality comes from making peace with apples.

DKNY Be Delicious Woman

Monica Bellucci | Be A Juicy Pear

Yesterday’s post of Monica Bellucci’s Vanity Fair Italy photo and new art book brought lots of page reads.

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Bound Tightly By the Good Book & God's Will

This fashion editorial from Zink Magazine, via Fashion Gone Rogue, is appropriate for our ongoing learning about women and religion worldwide, and also the Founding Fathers of America and their views about religion. 

The latter is my new area of study and I posted about Thomas Jefferson last evening.

I’ve made every effort to use Biblical verses from the King James Bible, because it’s the one mandated by the Southern Baptists.  Just this morning Timothy Egan wrote in an Opinionator from the NYTimes that the Idaho missionaries have damaged legitimate adoption organizations in Haiti and elsewhere.

Readers have complimented me personally on my attempts to fairly and accurately present the facts of the Haiti case, with Laura Silsby and Clarisa Coulter remaining in jail. My commitment to fair reporting and commentary has not ended.

I confess to being a bit ‘rattled’ this morning, when I read that Idaho pastor Paul Thompson, who followed Silsby to Haiti, wrote just before the earthquake:

“War is declared! In God’s Holy Name let us arise and build!”

Researching the term, I came to this blog post Men of God, Arise!

“Too long have we been waiting for one another to begin! The time of waiting is past! The hour of God has struck! War is declared! In God’s Holy Name let us arise and build! ‘The God of Heaven, He will fight for us’, as we for Him. We will not build on the sand, but on the bedrock of the sayings of Christ, and the gates and minions of hell shall not prevail against us.

“Should such men as we fear? Before the world, aye, before the sleepy, lukewarm, faithless, namby-pamby Christian world, we will dare to trust our God, we will venture our all for Him, we will live and we will die for Him, and we will do it with His joy unspeakable singing aloud in our hearts. We will a thousand times sooner die trusting only our God, than live trusting in man.

“And when we come to this position the battle is already won, and the end of the glorious campaign in sight. We will have the real Holiness of God, not the sickly stuff of talk and dainty words and pretty thoughts; we will have a Masculine Holiness, one of daring faith and works for Jesus Christ”. Listen to the words of C.T. Studd (1860-1931) in a reading from “The Chocolate Soldier” on YouTube.

Within this context and nine months worth of writing about women in developing countries and religion, and also American women’s place in different religious orders, I believe it’s fair to share my own thoughts from the Bible, when I see these photos from Zink magazine.

I admit to being increasingly ‘shaken up’ the more I read on this topic.

The provocative fashion editorial was shot by Herring & Herring, styed by Mykel C. Smith. Models in ‘Bound’ include: Damaris Lewis, Julia Goncharenko, Anais Pouliot and Clara Settje.

Corinthians 14:34-35

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