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Relaxed at the bath, a young woman reaches out to a vase of flowers and lightly brushes her fingers across the petals. It is a woman’s touch, that special caress of tenderness that is associated with the feminine, the complex nature of womanhood that through centuries of time has fascinated humanity.
Nowadays, the gatekeepers of our society seem bound and determined to destroy this mystique, to obliterate the concept of female, to merge it with the masculine until there is no difference between the two. And what a drab, boring, techno-world they envision!
But it is not so in the artwork, A Woman’s Touch. Here, the full richness and humanity of life pulsates in a moment of quietness, calmness, thoughtfulness, serenity, peace. Wrapped in a towel, the woman has either just emerged from her bath or is taking a moment to pause before entering it (this is a detail for the viewer to decide), but the important thing is she is stopped in the moment. She is quiet, calm, thoughtful, serene, peaceful herself, and these qualities emanate through her fingers as she lightly, ever so lightly, explores the texture, color, and emotion of the flowers.
So do mothers brush their hands over the faces of their infants, so do women touch the shoulder of a friend, so do wives playfully run their fingers through the hair of their husbands: this touch, this woman’s touch, is one of protection and care, of concern and warmth, of nurturing and gentilesse.
Through time, this has been the mark of a woman’s touch, and it has never been thought offensive until today, when we are scolded for ascribing this attribute or that to one gender. Few, however, would argue that women are the ones who, through history, have sought war. Indeed, it is the woman’s touch that heals humanity from that scourge.
If we balk at ascribing it to women, then instead of obliterating it in a false effort toward equality, let us encourage men, as well, to develop it.
December 20th, 2022
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