Last summer, around this time, Silencio, the renown Parisian night club, designed by David Lynch, opened their doors to a temporary summer house in the south of France. We have been asked to organise a pool party with our Scandal Aqua Collection towels, which were a highly aestheticised, open minded yet critical scenario for the future of political sex scandals. The party started with a champagne breakfast and lasted till very late at night with all the guests in the pool.
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Are you sometimes wondering who made your clothes? The best one to ask this question to is the brand you wear.
More and more people are asking this question to brands via Instagram. This act of raising awareness to the true costs of the clothes we wear is an initiative of Fashionrevolution. They are a global movement that want to help to raise awareness about the (hidden reality) of the fashion industry and celebrate all those involved in creating a more sustainable future.
If you care about the human behind the fashion industry and you want to raise awareness for this you are invited to post a picture of your clothes’ tag and simply ask to @[brand] #whomademyclothes
The Desearch Repartement is a group of “desearchers” (as they put it). They use a satirical form of expression to break down into pieces the commodification and camouflaging of human injustices and oppression in our contemporary world. In their work they’re highlighting in various ways the structures/peoples that are holding today’s sociopolitical realities in place. They created full-body suits which are providing anti-recognition to the person who’s wearing it while also displaying the powerful structures/people they are criticising.
The Desearch Repartment initiates exhibitions and workshops around their work, they also produce digital images & videos based on a movement they created, the Essential Happiness Possibility. You can check out their work here, and their blog here.
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Most of the images come from www.MuslimManga.org. The Goal of Muslim Manga is to shed light on Muslims through the form of manga: “We think that this is an effective way to attract the attention of our own young Muslim brothers and sisters so they have more pride and confidence in their religion through seeing main characters and individuals who share the same belief as them. This form of story telling is also a good way to attract non-Muslims and give them a better representation of who Muslims are and what we are like”.
Currently, in The Netherlands, it’s the time of the national festival of St Nicholas. It’s a very old and populair Dutch tradition. Already since more then 500 years St Nicholas is celebrated as a family festivity with focus on the joy of the children. St Nicholas is a wise old saint who is a friend of everyone, especially of the children. He has a team of cheerful servants, they’re called Black Pete. It’s very possible that, people from far outside the Netherlands, have already heard of them because that’s where things start to be weird… Black Pete is generally played by a white person with a black painted face, red painted lips, topped with a black curly wig. Yes this basically blackface make-up, and gives the racist impression of expressing a caricature of a black person.
Even though it might be hard to understand for people outside the Netherlands, but St Nicholas festival is not meant to be racist. All Dutch people love Black Pete and the children see them as their great friend. Yet, in stark contrast with the overall joy of the folkloric tradition, the Black Pete persona brings a lot of controversy and debate in the country. Watch this video for more insights.
The supporters of Black Pete, who don’t see the figure as racist, want to honour the Dutch folkloric festival the way it is. For them, Black Pete is an important part of Dutch culture and needs to be honoured. In the contrary, you have people that feel hurt and offended by Black Pete. They find it a racist figure with obvious connotations with the Dutch slave trade. The Black Pete opponents want to keep celebrating St Nicholas but with an updated version of Black Pete, free from its racist features.
Protest voices, especially from Dutch people with a Surinam and Antillean background, raised in the early 80s. Despite their request for a more respectful ‘Pete’, not much changed. Understandably, since the last couple of years the presence and loudness of the anti-Black-Pete voice is increasing. We as a half Dutch artist duo, believe that the wish to update Black Pete is very rightful, better said… crucial. To be frank, we’re ashamed for the Black Pete figure as a representative of Dutch culture.
To celebrate positive change, and to exprebs the excitement that new choices and new customs can bring, we made some sketch collages of contemporary Dream Pete’s. With this blog post we want to express our position in the Black Pete debate (we actually really can’t believe that this debate is still going on!) and share our strong wish that Black Pete gets a gracious metamorphose that is joyous for everyone, and evidently not hurtful for people with a different background.
Happy Sint Nicholas celebration to ALL people of The Netherlands xxxx
Let’s talk sex. But not the omnipresent kind of sex that we’re getting bombarded with every day. Actually, in this column we would like to pledge that sex deserves even more of our attention then where it’s currently screaming for. Though, a different kind of attention, one with an introspective quality.
In our sexuality we express ourselves, our emotions, passions, secret fantasies, playfulness and our most intimate desires. You don’t need to be a freudian to recognize that many of our feelings and emotions about ourselves and our relationships are erotic at their core. Sex is one of our most interesting actions that we can play with. Unfortunately for many of us, despite or thanks to today’s hypersexual society, our erotic desires are expressed and satisfied at a very basic level. While sex can be a thrill that helps us dissolve our inhibitions and free us from psychological, spiritual and cultural blockades.
That’s the kind of sexual power we’re going to address in this column, this time especially written for ourselves and for our sisters. Today we, and our fellow Western women, have the freedom to express our sexuality very openly. Yet, it’s very obvious that there’s still a lot of work to do, a.o. think about the task of dismantling the millstone of the ultra close-minded, unrealistic female beauty ideal that is omnipresent in our lives.
But we want to address a more fun topic, a particular phenomena of female sexuality which is getting ignored in this sexual evolution: the wild, emotional messy and untamed female fountain that we all bare inside. Yes we want to address women’s potential to ejaculate repeatedly, without the loss of sexual performance or desire. This wonder almost doesn’t play any role in our collective sexual consciousness.
Why, in 2015, female fountains, a.k.a. squirting, are still a semi-mythical, controversial topic? After all, squirting is a natural option that far most of our female bodies are capable of. Though, many of us have not yet explored squirting or are skeptical about it. Some of us don’t even know it exists. Many of us regard squirting as a supreme male fantasy, an urban myth or as a fabrication by the porn industry.
Why female ejaculation, except of being one category amongst a jillion other porn categories, is being ignored in our sexy modern lives? While female fountains have been around for ever. Female fluids were getting honored in temples as sacred erotic waters. Our ancient female ancestors let their lotus nectar flow fiercely and us, modern emancipated women, collectively ‘forgot’ about our sprinkling powers.
In the West, phenomena must be hypothesized before they can be accepted, and female ejaculation still can’t be totally explained. Apparently women’s sexual anatomy still keeps many mysteries for modern science. Scientists still don’t agree where the hot liquid is coming from, hence the controversy. But since when quarrelling scientist have access to our erotic experiments between the sheets?
There must be something else stopping us to soak ourselves and our lovers in our hot lady juice. Why is squirting so controversial? Are untamed female fountains a bad fit to the current conformity of female stereotypes and sexiness?
During love making, is the media’s image of sex pre-occupying us, making us worry about our visual performance? Feelings of discomfort with our bodies block sexual energy. In popular culture, natural phenomenas like sweat and body hair are deleted. In real life, natural sweat, sounds and fluids can distract us and cause mental barriers to let our ejaculate flow.
Is it the current ambiance of our sex-driven popular culture where there is lots of sex but little emotion? Because female fountains are very emotional, they spring from a deep level of intimacy and an intense state of arousal. Intimacy with a complete surrender to pleasure, without inhibition, will stimulate a woman and push her over the wet edge. Openness for what may come, self confidence, long during stimulation, intense arousal and direct G-spot stimulation are the key elements for gooshy sex. Here you can find a guide to female ejaculation.
A note for the numerous modern lovers who are still mistaken female fountains with urine: Female ejaculate is not pee, it’s a fluid produced by the Skene’s gland. Some things take time to sink, centuries B.C., the ancient Greek scientists Hippocrates and Aristoteles, already revealed that female ejaculation is not urine. More of these clever facts about Female fountains you can find in the book written by squiring expert Deborah Sundah: ‘Female Ejaculation & The G-spot‘.
Since the beginning of the 80s, Sundahl taught many women how to ejaculate. In her sex bible she describes how women are traditionally not encouraged to let go, either emotionally nor physically. She states “to be able to release our juices we have to let our emotions flow in order to, physically and mentally, push ourself over the edge of ecstasy”. She believes learning how to ejaculate is liberating in any area of life.
Sundahl’s also describes the importance of the G-spot, as the physical center of women’s erotic desire. She stimulates her readers to become aware of this organ and, in all details, explains how to activate ones own G-spot.
“The G-spot is not about mind-blowing orgasms, though they are it’s luscious by-product. Rather, as we learned from sexologists, G-spot awakening is about discovering that one’s erotic body has infinite capacity to express emotions, love and intimacy. Learning the G-spot’s secrets is more about awareness than about technique, more about process than about goals, more about relaxation and nourishing oneself than adding another item to one’s to-do list.”
Female ejaculation should never become the next dogma imposed on women. Certainly women don’t need to squirt in order to have an amazing sex life. It’s something very personal and depending on your sexual flavor. Though, only already knowing that you bear an inner wet wild women who’s able to gush all over the place, is empowering. Or is gushing all over the place not lady like?
Dogmas and stereotypes kill passions. Happily we are growing as people, our culture is getting more and more open minded. Gladly the spectrum of sexuality and gender is opening. New gender roles are blurring the lines of whats considered to be feminine and masculine. Mainstreaming the feminine, strong, wild and messy ejaculations can be an affirmation of sexual liberation and gender equality. Breaking down the female ejaculation taboo is a splashing addition to achieve non-binary gender diversity.
No matter what our sex is, our biological characteristics have anyway much more in common than they are different. Yes ladies, and gentlemen, the addition of more fluidity in our sexuality will be good for all of our genderless souls.
We exhibited Scandal Aqua, our 2013 collection at the town hall of the 2nd arondissement of Paris, as part of Nuit Blanche. This collection is a visual scenario inspired by the latest political sex scandals, it expresses the mediatization and tabloidization of politics.
The town hall of Paris (la Mairie), with its political context and the church wall in its courtyard where the teenager girls were projected, was absolutely the best exhibition place for Scandal Aqua. You can find more information concerning the collection here.
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Last but not least, a selection of the recent creative marriage equality profile pics with a P&V addition.
Rob Portman and Will Portman: Will Portman has become a national figure in the world of LGBT rights now that his dad, Sen. Rob Portman, has revealed his son’s sexuality and completely ditched his anti-gay marriage stance in order to fully support his son.
Dick Cheney and Mary Cheney: Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney is not only famous for his high-ranking job, but because he is the most prominent conservative with a gay child, his daughter, Mary. Mary, who has worked as an aide to her father and is now the vice president for consumer advocacy at AOL, is married to her longtime partner, Heather Poe.
Matt J. Salmon and Matt R. Salmon: In 2010, it was revealed that former conservative Arizona state Sen. Matt J. Salmon’s son, also named Matt, is gay. The younger Matt is now a Republican, like his father, and wants to make progressive changes to his political party.
Barry Goldwater and Ty Ross Goldwater: Former Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, who opposed gay rights on several occasions, also had a gay grandson, Ty Ross Goldwater, who came out publicly in 1994.
Alan Keyes and Maya Jeane Marcel-Keyes: Former Republican politician Alan Keyes’ youngest daughter, Maya Jeane Marcel-Keyes, came out to her parents in high school and her sexuality became public fodder during her father’s 2004 presidential campaign. Marcel-Keyes is now a staunch liberal and LGBT advocate and has even opposed her father’s policies.
Sonny Bono and Chaz Bono: Late Republican congressman and music icon Sonny Bono was the father of Chaz Bono, the daughter of Cher, who is also famous for being a transgender icon.
This post, images and text is taken by Rollingout
The scarf wants to expose the benefits of the alternatives for real fur in fashion by showing the beauty of the unnatural and the artifice. In order to symbolize the endless possibilities of artificial fur, we made the entire panthera family parade on a fashionable scarf. Blood drips of the anti fur campaigns are replaced by stains of rainbow colors ornamenting the panthers’ fur. The print displays an optical illusion of rounds that mimic a cut on the surface of the scarf. Utterly fake fur strains are peaking out of these graphical rounds; proud to be fake.
Bont voor Dieren (Fur for Animals) is a Dutch animal protection organization dedicated to the rights and protection of all fur-bearing animals. They campaign against the production and use of fur by raising public awareness on issues such as animal cruelty and welfare. Bont door Dieren supports Fur Free, an initiative by Jojanneke van der Veer and Femke Dekker. Fur Free organizes Fur Free shows, Fur Free exhibitions, publish Fur Free magazines and write Fur Free manifesto’s.
The Fur Free Scarf is part of the exhibition PROTEST!. Fur Free invited print- and graphic designers to come up with their very own iconic Fur Free protest poster. Participating designers are: Alex Kaséta, And Beyond, Antoine Peters, Bas Kosters, Bart de Baets, Experimental Jetset, Glamcult Studio, Hansje van Halem, Karen van de Kraats, Nicole Martens, Nieuw Jurk and Our Polite Society. The exhibition is on from January 21st till January 26th, all designs will be on view at De Slang, one of Amsterdam’s oldest squats on Spuistraat 199.
Photos of the opening by Mgr Madhatter:
Happy faces flaunting their fav Xmas gifts on Instagram: