The Naked Woman is very much in the same tradition as the classics Manwatching and Bodywatching. Fully illustrated with line drawings and full-colour plate sections. The human female form is the brilliant end-point of millions of years of evolution, loaded with amazing adjustments and subtle refinements. It is the most remarkable organism on the planet. At different times and in different places, human societies have tried to improve on nature, modifying and embellishing the female form in a thousand different ways.
Review: The Naked Woman by Desmond Morris | Books | The Guardian
We float through much of life on auto-pilot. Years can go by unexamined in this manner, and it often takes something drastic to be shocked out of this malaise. Films are frequently about these kind of moments because they are catalysts for change, and change is a prerequisite to narrative plotting. Sometimes they are realistic: a breakup, an unexpected death, or a cancer diagnosis. Other times they are fantastic, like Neo glimpsing the Matrix, or Harry Potter being invited to Hogwarts. Misha is jogging in the area surrounding his country home one morning when he witnesses something strange—a young woman emerging from the woods, completely naked, and crying for help. He is shocked, transfixed, but ultimately frozen.
Much better than his "Naked Ape" book, this is a fresh approach to the anthropology of the human female. Ultimately a light work, each chapter describing a different part of the female anatomy is a A fascinating look at the biology and possible evolutionary development of the human female. Desmond Morris. The human female form is the brilliant end-point of millions of years of evolution, loaded with amazing adjustments and subtle refinements.
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