...Real elegance is everywhere…especially in the things that don’t show...
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~ Paul Cezanne
December 2011 post by: XuanPin
Girl World Part 2
A man makes love primarily with his genitals: a woman, with her entire body. The female is in this, as in so many other ways, diffuse. A man defines himself narrowly by what he can accomplish, while a woman's identity is deployed in detail through her clothing, her home, her conversation and everything she does. This insight can be extended to a global degree: everything we regard as culture in essentially feminine. The popular opinion, that poetry is for sissies, is essentially correct. Insofar as a man is cultured, he is feminized. Does this mean that Islamic culture, or that of Classical Greece, with their sequestration of women, falls short in terms of civilization? I would have to say yes. If I were to time-travel back to some utopic moment, it would be to high decadence not the bright mid-morning of a heroic age. All the great ages of culture, Hellenistic Greece and Rome, Heian Japan, Tang China, France in the days of Rameau and Couperin, were splendidly effeminate, and women ruled, not in the full workaday business of politics, but in the dazzling sphere of civilization, from the Greek hetairai to the courtesans whose salons were the womb of the Enlightenment. The periods where a lot "got done," like are own, are masculine. The age of Rock 'n' Roll and Blue Jeans, despite its heady rebellious appeal, is hopelessly boyish. …
~to be continued
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