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In & Out of Open Mouths: The Erotic Mysticism of Tooth Brushing. The mouth. The oral opening – that even sounds a little filthy, sensuous, taboo. As animals of gravity, we’ve learned to think of “down” as “wet” and “up” as “dry” – of earth as dirty and the sky as pure – and orifices, in their open wetness, tend to summon visceral responses tied to swamps and other questionable areas. There’s erotic power in an open mouth. (Just read Leviticus: the unclean animals all live in mud. The sexual activities that shock us often breach an ancient code of hygiene we established in an age before we all had antiseptic soap.) Sex is and always has been dangerous because it means relaxing boundaries and letting Other in – that’s why seduction is an art, and why we all remember our first kiss. To let another person brush our teeth is sexy, since the invitation mirrors other, lower unions. So, yes: the tooth brush. Make Globalish part of your seeker's path. Globalish is The Definitive Online Source for Everybody, All at Once.

Credits. The taboo of sex and disability: How can we shift the negative images that still dominate society's attitudes? - Features - Health & Families - The Independent. Burlesque, she says, gives her a way of communicating through costume, routine and dance – which she does with panache. What the audience can't see, though, is the hearing condition which means that she must work hard to follow the beat during her glamorous routine. In her act, Dollar (unlike some disabled performers) doesn't refer to either her hearing impairment or her depression, which she writes about with candour and insight.

For her, disability and sex don't mix on stage. But for others, it's a burning issue. Take the performer Mat Fraser, who is currently appearing in the popular US television series American Horror Story. He says: "When you are disabled, the two things people think you can't do are fight and have sex… so I've got a black belt and I'm really good at shagging. Research has shown that disabled people are less likely to have a long-term partner or marry than non-disabled people (although this is dependent on impairment type). And that's really the point. Disabled models take to catwalk in wheelchairs as New York Fashion Week promotes diversity. FTL Moda's AW15 show featured disabled models from all over the worldTook to runway in wheelchairs alongside other famous modelsProducers wanted to show that disability is very often just a mental stateJack Eyers, British personal trainer and amputee, walked the runway By Bianca London for MailOnline Published: 09:38 GMT, 16 February 2015 | Updated: 11:11 GMT, 16 February 2015 Models in wheelchairs and the world's first male amputee to hit the catwalk were among those taking to the runway at New York Fashion Week.

The FTL Moda's AW15 show, which featured international designers with a 'Made in Italy' theme, showcased models from all over the world alongside some of the industry's most esteemed clothes horses. Named FTL Moda Loving You, the show was held in collaboration with Fondazione Vertical - an Italian foundation supporting research to find a cure for spinal cord injuries. Scroll down for video Models took to the catwalk in wheelchairs at FTL Moda's AW15 show in New York. About | Who says you need two? Monokini 2.0 is a social art project that re-examines popular culture’s narrow view of a woman’s ideal appearance. We strive to expand what is accepted and considered beautiful by designing a swimwear collection for women who have gone through breast cancer. Swimwear is conventionally designed for women who haven’t suffered a mastectomy. The fact is that many women who have had one breast removed due to breast cancer don’t wish to have breast reconstruction surgery, they wish to continue their lives with one or no breasts at all.

A group of Finnish fashion designers are designing a swimwear collection for Monokini 2.0. The swimwear collection is modeled by women who have gone through breast cancer. The collection will be also exhibited in a performative catwalk venue. These photographs will be exhibited in Norway, Finland and Sweden. Contact: monokini2.0(a)gmail.com / Facebook / Twitter “It had to do with more than what to wear on the beach. This brave model looks totally different from the others. 19-year-old Chantelle Brown-Young may just be the world’s first and only model with vitiligo, a condition that causes depigmentation of the skin. You may have also heard that one of the world’s greatest pop icon – Michael Jackson – had it.

Vitiligo is caused by a malfunctioning immune system. It has no cure to date, and affects less than one percent of the world’s population. One can only imagine how much taunting Chantelle had to endure from children who don’t know any better when she was growing up. But instead of blaming her skin condition for all the problems it brings her, this plucky lady decided she should learn to accept and embrace her condition. When she started to convince herself of her unusual beauty, others became convinced as well and she was given assignments for photo shoots and magazine spreads. Her big break came when she joined the other participants in America’s Next Top Model. Via Oddity Central.

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The What's Underneath Project - Style Videos. Plus-size is officially in fashion! Two up-and-coming labels send curvy models down the catwalk at NYFW. By Margot Peppers for MailOnline Published: 21:23 GMT, 5 September 2014 | Updated: 21:23 GMT, 5 September 2014 Two up-and-coming labels are making waves for using plus-size women to model their collections at New York Fashion Week. Zana Bayne, who has dressed the likes of Madonna and Lady Gaga since launching her namesake label in 2010, sent several plus-size models including Gia Geneiveve down the catwalk in some of her bondage-inspired creations. And Chromat - which was launched in 2010 by Becca McCharen - opened its show with Denise Bidot, a stunning Puerto Rican and Kuwaiti model who also identifies as plus-size. Plus-size on the runway: Up-and-coming designer Zana Bayne sent several plus-size models including Gia Geneiveve (pictured) down the catwalk in some of her bondage-inspired creations at New York Fashion Week And most notably, these curvier girls were integrated in a group of diverse women in all shapes and sizes, instead of being set apart and distinguished by their size.

Acid attack survivors don designs by fellow survivor in photo shoot - Your Community. BODY LANGUAGE. "A Beautiful Body" Book Project. In My Skin. View all images These images are from a project called In My Skin about young people under 25 in the UK who are challenging their body image. I am looking at those who have had or are considering having cosmetic surgery in order to become more acceptable to themselves and achieve their ideal of being ‘beautiful’. Social consensus in Western society today is particularly focussed on physical beauty and achieving and maintaining the “perfect” face and body. Intertwined with this I am also documenting body dysmorphia as young people try and conform to this social expectation resulting in eating disorders and body transformation.

Lastly I am documenting transgenderism and the struggle young people have to live within a body they were born into but have no affiliation with. SuperBeauty.Org. The Scar Project.

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