Posted by: Ninon Baccara | May 18, 2010

Food for Thought

Free Rice is a program that increases your vocabulary and donates 10 grains of rice for every word you define correctly. It’s extremely addictive! The site is a project of the World Food Programme. I got up to level 48 and 1220 grains of rice donated today and hopefully tomorrow I can donate even more.

UPDATE: You can also test yourself on vocabulary in other languages, test your geography, algebra skills, grammar, world capitals and much more!

Posted by: Ninon Baccara | April 21, 2010

I beg to differ

{Also posted at Voluptuous Libertine}

Truly sorry for the dearth of postings lately. Spring quarter is always a hectic one and I am aiming to raise my GPA to its previous levels, as it dropped to a 3.3 from a 3.6. Anyway, I wanted to post about the controversy surrounding the refusal by two television stations (Fox and ABC) to air a lingerie ad for Lane Bryant’s Cacique line. Of course, this all comes down to the extremely flawed and unfortunate opinion held by far too many that a woman over a certain size couldn’t possibly be portrayed as sexy, sensual or elegant in lingerie. Naturally, I disagree. Here is the commercial:

What makes this decision so hypocritical is the veritable parade of half-dressed women flashing cleavage on an almost hourly basis on both stations. Furthermore, Fox practically trafficks in obscenity. This woman is gorgeous, sexy and may I say, has lovely breasts. But, unfortunately, I do believe many people are unaccustomed to seeing breasts this size on the appropriate, complimentary figure and more accustomed to seeing said size comically hanging next to a well-defined sternum and an outline of the rib cage rarely seen outside of Grey’s Anatomy.

Posted by: Ninon Baccara | February 9, 2010

Erotic Art

    Aphrodite Callipygian. Translates from the ancient Greek as "Aphrodite of the Beautiful Buttocks"

Aphrodite Callipygian. Translates from the ancient Greek as "Aphrodite of the Beautiful Buttocks"

Two months ago, the Guardian UK published a story about a new exhibit in the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, Greece of Eros, the God of Love and son of Aphrodite. I would love to see this exhibit or other similar exhibits in museums around the world. I think it would go a long way toward creating a world that sees sex as something positive instead of, at best, a necessary evil, that sees sexual expression and sensuality as skills to be learned and honed and practiced by well-trained professionals. **ahem**I love the unabashedly erotic art of antiquity and how the ancients so carefully balanced the obscene and the elegant in the realm of sexuality, though they did not always succeed. Of course, it is important to remember that not every nude* or depiction of uncovered genitalia means it was seen by the ancients as erotic art because for them nudity did not always mean sex was to follow. In our Puritanical society nudity is equated with sex. Also, this art begins to destroy the rather false, high-brow division between erotic art and pornographic art because, as my art history professor declared, “It’s all about sexuality and it is all fantastic! It is the same thing.” I absolutely adore that woman.

Naturally, this interests me as a Companion, a woman, an intellectual and an art history student. Erotic art and fertility art is what I want to specialize in during my career as an art historian. It’d be appropriate, after all, to the other career path I have chosen for myself and indeed they compliment each other. To that end, I am posting some of my favorite erotic art, most of it from the Renaissance masters Titian and Peter Paul Rubens as they capture voluptuous and seductive women like myself with such beauty and sensuality as has not been seen since, really. What a shame the idea that a woman with buxom curves is unworthy of being depicted in such alluring loveliness these days. Of course the fact that courtesans were often models of these masters for their most sensual and celebrated works makes it even more apropos:

Pompeiian fresco found in a suburban bath, which could have doubled as a brothel.

Another Pompeiian fresco, this one from a brothel.

Callipygian Venus by François Barois. Originally without drapery but added later for "decency" reasons.

The Union of Earth and Water by Peter Paul Rubens
Kandariya Mahadeva Hindu Temple
Venus in the Mirror- Peter Paul Rubens

Venus at the Mirror- Titian

Pompeiian fresco of a satyr and a nymph frolicking as they were wont to do.

*As this has been drilled into all art history majors, there is a difference between naked and nude. Naked is the body uncovered in shame and degradation, not the position you want to be caught in. Nudity, however, is a celebration of the human body in all its adorned and very adored glory and beauty. Sometimes erotic, sometimes merely nude but always sensual.

Also posted at Voluptuous Libertine

Posted by: sitaradevi | November 9, 2009

Devadasi Goddesses of India

I was reading a local Indian publication recently in which an Anthropologist had conducted a recent study taking a look at Devadasi culture in modern-day India. For those who are unfamiliar with the term “Devadasi”, this pertains to the ancient Indian temple dancers who were primarily found in South India. These women were married to Hindu Gods and Goddesses and served the community by taking care of the temples in which they resided, dancing for visitors and offering their feminine services to men for offerings. Once a highly honored and prestigious part of society, during the time of British occupation of India they were slowly demeaned and started losing both power and respect in the community.

There is a clan of followers in South India that this Anthropologist spent time with that follows the Goddess Yellamma and honors her through their work as modern Devadasi’s. These women sit on the margins of society and offer their feminine touch to men who then offer them money as a means of exchange and this is how they earn their livelihood. Unlike ancient days, these women are living in poverty, illiterate and many dont want to do this work out of choice but have been forced to either out of economic need or because their family sold them into this work as a means of paying off family debt.

I love the concept of these ancient Goddesses who were so highly revered as I love the work that I do that makes a difference in the lives of many. At the same time, it breaks my heart to know that so many women are forced to do things that they would otherwise never do. While its important to know that the work these women do serve the community and are a way of paying respects to ancient Goddesses, it is equally important to keep in mind the plight of many women in Indian and around the country who do not have the priviledge of making choices for themselves about how to live and earn for their families. I am fascinated by stories of these women and I certainly plan to do further research of my own to learn their stories from a history of long ago and hope to find ways to contribute to helping those women who are forced into this work and desire a different life for themselves.

Sitara Devi

Posted by: sitaradevi | October 19, 2009

The Uniform Project

A friend recently pointed me in the direction of a really cool and innovative woman who is raising money through a unique fashion idea and has a website which is “www.theuniformproject.com”. The mastermind of this fashion project is a lady named Sheena who is of South Asian heritage just like myself. She has decided to wear the same black dress (with several duplicates of the same dress) for 365 days in different ways each day. With her goal of raising money for a non-profit called “Akanksha” which helps children in poverty to obtain quality education in India she has been wearing the same dress each day for several months. She adds all sorts of fun and funky accessories to her dress and takes a picture each day which she adds to her website for viewers to make comments on her fashion statement of the day and for people to make donations. So far she has made close to $25,000 for this charitable cause and has created hundreds of looks with scarves, necklaces, bracelets and all sorts of shoes. I am really impressed with her ambition to help this charity and her wild sense of fashion and cutting edge idea to mesh fashion with helping humanity.

Make sure to visit her website and look at her pictures, she is totally adorableūüôā

 

 

Sitara Devi

Posted by: Ninon Baccara | October 19, 2009

Bragging Rights

In my non-sex work life, I have received an honored invitation: an induction to one of the premiere honor societies in the world. I am, much to my surprise, in the top 15% of my entire university. Wow. I am still recovering from the shock, even though it has been two weeks since I received my invitation. I have been trying to restrain from adding into conversations, “Yes, the Chicago Bears are doing fairly well and the Minnesota Vikings thanks to Favre, but did you know that I am in the top 15% of my university? Isn’t that FANTASTIC?!”

Strange the paths life takes you on. I never aimed to be in such a high strata of my prestigious university. Yet, here I am. I merely put my head down, did my work, learned what I came to learn and now I’m viewed as a scholar, in addition to being a writing fellow. I want to shout this great news from the rooftops, and perhaps have t-shirts or bumper stickers made, but my modesty prevents me from doing this. I should be excited about this, yes? I don’t want to be a braggart but I can’t help but to have a great sense of self right now.

Posted by: sitaradevi | October 5, 2009

Social Entrepreneurship

Recently, the idea of giving back to the community through my business has become increasingly important to me. I’ve learned about Social Entrepreneurship and how this modern concept mixes both business and profit gains with community service in very unique ways. Having always been a bit of an activist at heart, it is important to me to support those causes that I really see making an impact in our world. My interest in giving of myself in service to others both in the work that I do as a Courtesan as well as giving to those in need has motivated me to become a bit of a Social Entrepreneur myself. As I was having a discussion with my mentor a few weeks back about how I could involve those around me to also work with me on charity causes, an idea came to me. Why not use my business to offer incentives to the friends who see me to donate to some amazing charity organizations while at the same time offering them a juicy deal which would enable them to spend time with me more often and save ¬†a bit extra in their wallets at the same time. This creative flash has lead me to create a structure in my business that I am excited about sharing with the world. I am looking forward to seeing what the results are of this endeavor and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to make my contributions to the world not only in service of the Goddess whose work I do on a regular basis but also to those people who have not been as fortunate as myself. ¬†

I welcome any comments you may have on this topic and any insights you may want to share with me.

 

Namaste-

 

Sitara Devi

Posted by: sitaradevi | September 29, 2009

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

One of my favorite childhood books is the really creative story “Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs” so imagine my surprise when I found out this story had been turned into an animated cartoon movie! I had a chance to see this movie a few days ago when I was visiting friends and the local movie theater had special opening for this movie. The story takes place in the town of “Chew and Swallow” where the people dont need to cook as it rains food three times a day each day. The movie took this classic story and created characters and a new story line using the basic theme of food pouring down from the sky. I dont want to spoil the movie for you as its a fun movie to watch, but it got me thinking about what foods I might enjoy eating if I could press a magic button and have anything drop down on my plate from the sky. Pizza with mushrooms is a real pleaser for ¬†me as are pasta dishes so I know this would be at the top of my list. Indian nan and roti along with steamy spicy curries and koorma would be another hot choice. Mexican food and Thai food especially Nachos and Pad Thai would be yummy to have on my plate too. I dont know if I would want food raining down on me each day as I am attempting to cook more often, so perhaps this automatic food system would best serve me for one meal a day instead of three times as was the case in “Chew and Swallow”. I would love to hear your desires for food if they were to appear in the sky, feel free to tell me your favorite foods that you would enjoy if you lived in this ¬†fun imaginary town.

 

Happy Eating,

 

Sitara Devi

Posted by: sitaradevi | September 12, 2009

Savita Bhabhi..what a riot!

I have discovered the most hilarious and hottest Indian online cartoon magazine. A group of men in India have created http://savitabhabhi.com which is an online series of cartoons around a character named ” Savita Bhabhi”. ¬†The word “Bhabhi” in Hindi means “sister-in-law”. Savita Bhabhi is a lovely, sexual and horny housewife. She is the type of woman who men have indulgent¬†fantasies about. Talented writers and graphic artists have come together to create comics about her raunchy adventures¬†and trysts with an Indian flair. I recently learned that India had banned this website after the government learned that it came up in the list of 100 most popular sites in India. It’s wickedly fun and you are sure to enjoy browsing through their latest story as well as their archives.

 

Hope you enjoy and do let me know what you think!

http://savitabhabhi.com

 

Sitara Devi

Posted by: ainamontero | August 25, 2009

Forest products

Do any of you lovely ladies have contacts in the forest products industry? A client of mine needs some assistance in that area, so please email me privately at aina@ainmontero.com if you can help me out.

XOXO,
Aina

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