The drama opens on this sculpture in Dr Melfi's office. Tony is introduced as discomfited by Woman, indeed caught in its scissor. The old skirt-chaser fears the feminine. He'll extol Gary Cooper's strong silence but deny his softness. The statue reappeared this season, as the coded denial of the feminine continues. Tony, Junior, the abusive Ralphie and the abused Vito, painfully deny the feminine. The exception is Furio who's transformed from killer to gardener by loving Carmela. Livia, Janice, Carmela, Pussy's widow, aspire to male callousness. Even Tony's boat (a She) is The Stugotz (Balls). As well as about Evil and Power and Declining America the show is about the conventional denial of the feminine. Tony won't release his soprano.