Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Beautiful Women of Bollywood

Last week we covered a tragic story that's currently taking place in the nation of India, with the hope that more exposure on the issue will help find a solution to the problem.

But as tragic as that situation is and as much as it needs to be addressed, that doesn't mean that it is the standard by which we should judge an entire people or culture; especially one that goes back thousands of years.

So as a tribute, we wanted to present the following images of the beatiful women of India. By the way, did you know that the Hindi word "Deva" means "Goddess"?



















Monday, September 27, 2010

Kissing: Not Just For Fun

For most people, the word "kiss" conjures up all sorts of romantic feelings (especially if you're in love with Gene Simmons). And the act itself conjures up even more direct, physical responses.

But is a kiss just something we humans do because of how it makes us feel? A scientist from the University of Leeds would say no to that. According to Dr. Colin Hendrie's research, published in the journal "Medical Hypothesis", kissing also serves a very specific biological function; immunization.

Hendrie's research discovered that the act of kissing can actually prevent birth defects, as the incidental transfer of fluids from the male to the female, helps inoculate her against the dangerous Cytomegalovirus. The more often lovers kiss, the stronger the inoculation.

That sure beats getting a shot in the arm!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Disney Studios Rejection Letter to Girl Circa 1938

In the spring of 1938, Miss Mary V. Ford, an aspiring artist from Arkansas, sent the Walt Disney Studio a letter inquiring about employment as an artist. Here is the actual reply she received (click for larger version):

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Prostitutes of God - Underage Prostitution in India



One of the things we've wanted to do with this blog, and our other social media sites, was use them as a platform that enables our "Divas" to discuss issues that affect your daily lives, and others on which you may have strong opinions you wish to express.

Following this goal, we'd like to call your attention to an issue covered by The Independent, a British media outlet.

India is a rapidly modernizing nation; in many aspects it is on the cutting edge of technology. Undoubtedly it's known for its rich history, culture, and warm, friendly people. So when the issue of underage prostitution is brought up, unlike certain other countries in that area of the world, it's usually not India that first comes to mind.

However, in rural southern India, many anachronistic traditions persist. One of which, is religious prostitution.



Girls from the Madiga caste, otherwise known as the “untouchable caste,” have really limited prospects. They can be agricultural labourers, sewage collectors or prostitutes, essentially. As prostitution is the most lucrative, a lot of Madiga women get into sex work.

Some girls are dedicated to the goddess at age two or three. They won’t actually enter into sex work until they reach puberty at around twelve. The girls most at risk of being dedicated will have grown up in very matriarchal Devadasi communities. There aren’t any men. They don’t have fathers. So there probably is some understanding from a young age that they’re not from traditional families, they don’t have husbands.

The girls probably won’t have a real understanding of the sex work element until what they call their ‘first night’. This is when their virginity is sold to a local man, normally the highest bidder. He might be a local farmer, landowner or businessman. Some of them say, “I was dedicated to the goddess, but I didn’t know this was what was expected.”


You can read the full article here.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mariah Carey in Saudi Arabia

We all know that Mariah is a fully qualified diva. Her career has had some ups (her debut album) and some downs (Glitter), but there's no doubt she's earned her status as a diva.

All that aside, there are some countries on the planet that, for lack of a delicate way to state it, aren't big fans of the female form, much less divas such as make up our readership.

Here's the treatment she gets in the media in Saudi Arabia. One would wonder why they'd bother to even allow her a media presence at all over there.










Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Vintage Advertising - Oh How Things Have Changed


Remember the phrase "it's a man's world"? Have you heard it being used lately? Well there's a reason for that, and we think it's one all but the most prudish and puritanical folks out there can appreciate: times change.

But it's still fun to look back and laugh about how things were, as long as you don't think too much about how your grandmothers had to put up with this kind of thinking.







As you can tell by the watermark, these pictures are from BoredPanda.com. You can see their full collection, including some even more outrageous ones, here.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Surgeons Invent Permanent, Invisible Bra


From MyFoxOrlando.com
(NewsCore) - U.K. surgeons are offering a so-called "invisible bra" which promises to give its wearer an uplifting boost -- the difference being that this bra is worn under the skin, British newspaper the Daily Mail reported Saturday.

Six surgeons in the U.K. offer the cone-shaped polyester mesh support, called Breform, which can be inserted under the skin of the breast. Unlike silicone implants that usually last 10 years, the internal bra system was expected to last a lifetime, according to the report.

You can read the full article here.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Lingerie as Art



Artist and designer Laura Ann Jacobs has designed a new collection of art that involves lingerie. Here are some of the pieces:












You can see more at her website: here.