Sexual Politics

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


Lea Seydoux Seduces In Lui Magazine Relaunch, Lensed By Mario Sorrenti


Victoria’s Secret Angels have Appeared Often In GQ & Esquire



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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Bombshells And Femme Fatales Aren't For Fashion Posers

Victoria’s Secret Angel Candice Swanepoel fronts the campaign for the brand’s newest fragrance update Bombshells In Bloom. I was never a fan of the Michael Bay, testosterone-driven bombshell mentality of VS Angels jumping out of helicopters and strutting across the tarmac like they were about to cut off some guy’s testicles. Nor did I like the vulgarity of a Diamond Bombshell Bra. But this Bombshell In Bloom positioning is one I like: Forever flirty. Always sexy. Decidedly playful.

The word ‘Bombshell” and more often ‘Blonde Bombshell’ first made it into the dictionary around 1942. In practice Jean Harlowe had already been called a ‘bombshell’, before dying at age 26 of kidney failure. The term ‘bombshell’ preceded sex symbol — describing both men and women — a term that was first used in the mid-1950s to describe film stars like Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot.

Our bombshell conversation comes as Vogue Paris takes on the ‘femme fatale’ in their March issue. While we’ve seen several superb editorials:

Malgosia Bela in Belle De Soir By Katja Rahlwes

Malgosia Bela In ‘Belle De Soir’ By Katja Rahlwes For Vogue Paris March 2014

Natasha Poly In ‘Darling’ By Mario Sorrenti

Natasha Poly In ‘Darling’ Lensed By Mario Sorrenti For Vogue Paris March 2014

And The Smashing ‘Fatale’ With Lara Stone, Amanda Wellsh and Anna Luisa Ewers By Mert & Marcus

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Alessandra Ambrosio By Russell James for Nomad Two Worlds

Victoria’s Secret man behind the lens, global art activist and friend to high-powered women like Barbara Streisand and Donna Karan photographer, Russell James shares a non-angelic photo of Alessandra Ambrosio in culturally relevant caves and a traditional Chumash Indian village for Russell’s Nomad Two Worlds project.

Created by world renowned photographer Russell James, NOMAD TWO WORLDS began as a collaborative art project with Indigenous artists. In the last decade it has evolved from James’ individual attempt to understand the clash of ancient and modern cultures he witnessed growing up in Australia to what it is today - a powerful expression of partnership, reconciliation, and economic opportunity in action through art, music and film that has become a global example of true collaboration across deep cultural divides.

One hopes that Alessandra’s images will be published in a new Nomad book in the style of last September’s. As for Russell James’ V2, he produced some of the most sensually divine images of primarily Victoria’s Secret models that I’ve seen in a long while. 

On that note, I see that James has a new book coming out in March titled ‘Around the House with Candice Swanepoel’.

Enjoy Alessandra’s video from her shoot with Russell. After that — one of my favorite Victoria’s Secret ‘blue mood’ shoots of Adriana Lima. Pure gorgeosity! ~ Anne


Adriana Lima | Victoria’s Secret Angel in Venice Perhaps?


Paz de la Huerta for Agent Provocateur Fall 2011 | Always a Lady

Paz de la Huerta @ Agent Provocateur | Clooney in Venice | Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for M&S SN Living

More stills from the Fall 2011 Paz de la Huerta campaign for Agent Provocateur are in release. I love the campaign, because it taps into social mores around sexuality as usual. The more I study Agent Provocateur versus Victoria’s Secret, I see the deeply psychological relationship AP has with the viewer — and especially the woman viewing the brand marketing.

VS is focused on making us bombshells — and for sure, I like their newer ads better. But Victoria’s Secret gave up its psychological connection with the woman — which we owned in America during my 10 years there — to pursue the Angels. It’s all very Sex and the City now — at a time when SATC is fading.

Again, my point is not to criticize Victoria’s Secret, which I’ve done with abandon. VS is having a great year and there are major improvements in the marketing.

Paz de la Huerta for Agent Provocateur

Agent Provocateur pushes the sexual envelope in ways that VS can’t. They have too many stores in malls to run not-such-good-girl campaigns as this one with Paz de la Huerta.

For me, Agent Provocateur is more honest about what women face in America — and worldwide, although not as strongly in Europe — in terms of the conflict between being virtuous and being sexual. This is a big theme at AOC, one that spilled into Sensuality News this morning, with the Westboro Baptist Church protests at New York Fashion Week.

Westboro calls Fashion Week the biggest SlutWalk of all.

I love AP for challenging these ungodly stereotypes about female sexuality, and goodness knows, ‘Boardwalk Empire’ bad girl Paz de la Huerta is the woman to do it.

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I Love Samantha but Barbarella in the Excessive Machine Is More My Style

Samantha vs Barbarella

Let’s just say that I take on more than a few Samantha jokes in an average week. It’s true that I’m over-the-top committed to motivating, inspiring and on occasion, giving us a kick in the butt in the direction of living a Sensual and Superyoung life.

In America’s post Sex and the City world, Samantha reigns as the ‘cougar’ woman, the preying mantis female who consumes, then spits out, younger men after she’s used them sexually. Even Samantha says she’s deeper than that, and Kim Cattrall just laughs at the stereotypes of sexy, older women in America.

I now see Samantha differently, created to appeal to younger women, so ambivalent about the women who preceeded them. Many daughters of America’s second-wave feminists find the idea that their mothers remain sexually active a repulsive thought — another example of our narcissism and self-centeredness.

This unfortunate attitude was front and center at last week’s Erica Jong evening, which I covered in my last post.

Has no one ever been to France or Italy or Brazil, where sexy, older women and mothers aren’t marginalized or pornified but celebrated? America suffers from a serious quality-content vision when the subject is aging beautifully.

Samantha Sex Scene Viagra Video

Moving into the dark shadows of older-women’s sexuality, I found an alternative to Sam’s infamous Viagra video — which I just now found again on You Tube. 

Viewer discretion advised . . mostly the “f-word” and lots of singing in these two videos. Otherwise, no harm done.

Samantha Talks Sex in the City

Men are hard-pressed to understand that — while I adore Samantha — I’m far more “connected” than she is. When I listen to talk about sex — my sexual world, as described by women like Molly Jong-Fast and her friends Julie Klam and Karen Abbott, it’s not the world I’ve lived in, not that of Molly’s mother Erica Jong.

I do not pick up men like stray cats and never have, even though it’s as easy as eating apple pie. In our country a woman with a strong love of quality sex is still more likely to be considered a whore, than a responsible woman who embraces a positive sexuality.

While I support Erica Jong’s lifestyle because I refuse to criticize a trailblazer, this is not my life ever. Moral-majority America wants to cast sex-positive women as harlots. I have always been circumspect in the bedroom, committed to intimacy as a life-enhancer.

If you’re looking for a real-deal Samantha, American-media style, or Erica Jong’s sexual soul sister, I’m probably not your woman … much as I love Kim Cattrall and Erica Jong.

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: (L-R) Grace Hightower, Naomi Campbell, actress Jane Fonda and Afef Jnifen walk the runway at the Fashion For Relief at Forville market during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2011 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Defending Jane Fonda

In the last two months I’ve been aggressively dragged into my past life as a feminist and political activist, trying to make sense of Molly Jong-Fast’s comments about feminism being a luxury women’s issue and her allegations that the world’s women have enough rights.

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Tank's Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello Capture Women's Sensual Ambivalence

Masha Novoselova | Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello | Tank Magazine Spring 2010

Just had one of those ‘six degrees of separation’ moments, going back into the archives for this beautiful Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello editorial.

My entire career, I’ve pleaded for a higher consciousness on female sexuality. Of all the ‘enemies’ I didn’t intend to fight in life, I now find myself up against the wall — not from the Republican Right, which I expect — but from the daughters of America’s feminists.

Last Thursday night I went to hear Erica Jong talk about her new book ‘Sugar in My Bowl’. On the panel were two younger women contributors to her book — which in not about ‘Sugar in My Bowl’. Erica opened the evening saying that she preferred the original Bessie Smith version of:

‘Need A Little Sugar in My Bowl’

and not the dramatically cleaned-up version by Nina Simone

In reality, Erica Jong delivered an equally antiseptic version of her stature as a feminist icon and writer last Thursday night. Erica’s two panelists Julie Klam and Karen Abbott who contributed essays to Jong’s new book ‘Sugar in My Bowl’ appeared positively uneasy about the entire subject of sexuality.

The evening was such a female sexuality nightmare that five of us women — and one supportive husband — banned together to write Big Betrayal | Erica Jong Daughters Ice Sex & Women’s Rights.

This latest, blistering essay follows my writing on statements made by Jong’s daughter Molly Jong-Fast who believes that the world’s women are as liberated as they need to be.  Her lack of empathy for the conditions faced by women around the world is staggering in scope.

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Candice Swanepoel's 'Stringkini' Is All Tied Up for Love

By George, now they’ve got it!!!!


Candice Swanepoel | Akos Simon | Vogue Belleza to Victoria's Secret

It thrills me to have photographers describing themselves as having a ‘sensual style’. Now I understand the attraction.

It’s even more pleasurable when the photographer is Akos Simon, and the images are of Candice Swanepoel, quickly becoming the ‘sensual model of the moment’ in her role as a Victoria’s Secret Angel and fronting today the cover of GQ UK’s V.Sexy February 2011 issue.

Akos Simon is so pleased for Candice’s success, perhaps flowering in some small way after showing these images of the then unknown Candice, shot in May 2006 and picked up by Vogue Belleza in the July 2006 issue, to the group creative director at Victoria’s Secret.

The modest photographer is confident that these images of Candice Swanepoel got her in front of Ed Razek and Company at VS.

He describes her as “very sweet and totally down to earth”, not the first time I’ve heard Candice Swanepoel described in this way. “She really knew how to move in water,” says Akos ” … and that’s not easy.”

I’m a huge Candice fan; so is Mario Testino who believes that Candice is ready to spread her own model wings in a significant fashion model flight path. We love her elegance, grace and sensual beauty, combined with a total comfort of her own skin and nude body.

The Russell James images of Candice for VS are spectacular and she radiates class and seduction in the new GQ UK editorial.

Candice Swanepoel is the epitome of what I call New Eroticism: the intersection of grownup brains, beauty, expressed sexuality, and heart.

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