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Links pertaining to ideas on body image, somatechniques, beauty, beauty idea[ls], body modification, regulation of the body, and/or body parts.

In & Out of Open Mouths: The Erotic Mysticism of Tooth Brushing. The mouth.

In & Out of Open Mouths: The Erotic Mysticism of Tooth Brushing

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.

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 Toothbrush was produced by Guy Aroch and Anna Palma. 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.

The taboo of sex and disability: How can we shift the negative images that still dominate society's attitudes? - Features - Health & Families - The Independent

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.

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.

Disabled models take to catwalk in wheelchairs as New York Fashion Week promotes diversity

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. 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.

Who says you need two?

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. These photographs will be exhibited in Norway, Finland and Sweden. Contact: monokini2.0(a)gmail.com / Facebook / Twitter We think that the current focus on a breast-reconstruction after mastectomy as the only way to a full life, is a breast-fixated way of seeing what a woman is. 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.

This brave model looks totally different from the others

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. Currently a finalist on the hugely popular TV show, she remains very sure of her life goal.

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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.

Plus-size is officially in fashion! Two up-and-coming labels send curvy models down the catwalk at NYFW

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.

In My Skin

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. SuperBeauty.Org. The Scar Project.

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