The Rag Tree

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The interest is obsessive, the power not to be denied. How much of our life revolves around the irresistible beauty of women? Power, territory, body hunger, reproduction, and that most elusive quality of all, feminine energy, all are bound up with the image of the nude woman.


If we ask someone what beauty is, chances are he or she thinks first of a woman. But what is it that makes a woman beautiful?

RT has suggested elsewhere that all women are beautiful. Surely, our first sense of satisfaction and comfort is felt in the arms of a mother or nurse. Nursing (or merely being cradled by arms) is an experience so immediate and physical that (at least to some extent) it defines feminine energy–the power to nourish and heal. The power of touch and sympathy.

It’s difficult to imagine how we extend such happiness to more distant and…

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