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Posted on 11/21/2001 4:26:07 PM PST by backhoe
|Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
The Female of the Species
WHEN the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride,
When Nag the basking cobra hears the careless foot of man,
When the early Jesuit fathers preached to Hurons and Choctaws,
Man's timid heart is bursting with the things he must not say,
Man, a bear in most relationsworm and savage otherwise,
Fear, or foolishness, impels him, ere he lay the wicked low,
But the Woman that God gave him, every fibre of her frame
She who faces Death by torture for each life beneath her breast
She can bring no more to living than the powers that make her great
She is wedded to convictionsin default of grosser ties;
Unprovoked and awful chargeseven so the she-bear fights,
So it comes that Man, the coward, when he gathers to confer
And Man knows it! Knows, moreover, that the Woman that God gave him
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Trust me, in this area of skill you can't pass by grading yourself. And within 5 minutes the other will know, anyway. Conservative women don't believe in free...well, ya know.
Begin Old Guy Rant:
"Back when I was young, we programmed in Assembler!
We pushed our keypunch machines thru 3 foot-a snow to school!
Back then, people around here would help 'ya...."
I wholeheartedly agree.
And within 5 minutes the other will know
Only if your partner is less than skillful. If skillful, it will take much longer to find out, wouldn't you agree?
You trying to spark a Gomez Addams moment?
I love your topic. Wish I had more time to spend on it tough. Quickly, I think that the power that a woman yields has to do with their ability to flirt, appear cool and then simultaneously appear dependent and independent. Keeping a man off balance is an art form. Achieved the best coquettes. History has Josephine Bonaparte, Ninon de 'l'Enclos, Madame Mao, etc. Women's ability to offer sex and remove it makes men crazy. Yes, we are more deadly than the male species.
It cannot be grasped.
Chase your shadow and it will flee;
turn your back on it and it will follow you.
It is also a person's dark side,
the thing that makes them mysterious.
After they have given us pleasure,
the shadow of their withdrawal makes us yearn for their return,
much as clouds make us yearn for the sun.
Not always a conservative v. liberal issue when it comes to matters of who holds the power.
We also have a resident expert on all these matters, with a PhD in matters of gender wars. IB tear yourself away from the stove for a minute, will ya'?
Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours!
"by force or grace to give it away to their beloved."
I would substitute "beloved" for "prey" in many instances.
Bella is her own woman.
As for me ... I'm ... well, ... um, ... let's say putty in the hands of the right magician.
Uhh... It gets worse, I'm afraid...
So I don't necessarily agree that men will bring an unattentive woman down. We have our ways, you know.