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21st Jun '17 11:23:48 AM angie710
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* MenActWomenAre


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* BreakTheHaughty: May be subjected to this, to "put her in her place." Occasionally, this involves [[RapePortrayedAsRedemption rape]].


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* DeathBySex: May be subjected to this, sometimes even by [[HonorRelatedAbuse members of her own family]]
21st Jun '17 11:11:20 AM angie710
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* HeroicSelfDeprecation


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* {{Humble Hero}}ine
21st Jun '17 11:10:41 AM angie710
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* GirlNextDoor
21st Jun '17 11:08:59 AM angie710
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* ContractualPurity: She may be on a pedestal, but it's one that doesn't have much (or any) wiggle-room. If she deviates in any way (or is suspected or rumored to have done so, whether she ''actually'' has or not) and "falls off the pedestal," she [[DefiledForever irrevocably loses her "Madonna" status]].
8th May '17 10:05:26 AM Gregzilla
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* BlondesAreEvil
27th Apr '17 11:10:28 AM PillarGeneral8
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* Discussed in Delibes' ''Lakmé'' during Act I, when two British officers accompany two British ladies onto temple grounds to have a picnic. The British women state that European women have the ability to "properly love" men in comparison to 'exotic' Indian women, who they say are merely seductresses who enchant men.
25th Apr '17 11:12:23 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* In ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', the protagonist Nucky Thompson spends his time indulging in blatant "Whore" Lucy Danziger, but later dumps her in favor of innocent Irish Madonna Margaret Schroeder. Of course, every female character in the show is at least a subversion of this dichotomy. Lucy ends up finding redemption after giving birth to a child, while Margaret struggles with her identity as Nucky's paramour.

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* In ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', the protagonist Nucky Thompson spends his time indulging in blatant "Whore" Lucy Danziger, but later dumps her in favor of innocent Irish Madonna Margaret Schroeder. Of course, every female character in However, the show is at least a subversion of implies this dichotomy. Lucy ends up finding redemption after giving birth has more to a child, while do with Margaret struggles with her identity as Nucky's paramour.being his intellectual equal, while Lucy is a shallow airhead.
25th Apr '17 11:09:49 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Film/TotalRecall'': The Total Recall saleswoman admonishes Quaid to be honest when assigning traits to his perfect fantasy girlfriend. Quaid first gives "sleazy" as one of her traits, but as he's drifting off, gives a more honest "demure."
21st Apr '17 11:19:21 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/SoundOfTheMountain'': Shuichi seeks to justify his awful behavior by comparing his wife to "a lake" and his mistress to "a torrent." Shuichi's secretary, who is jealous because Shuichi cheated on his wife with someone else rather than her, says "One can't expect a proper wife to act like a prostitute."
17th Apr '17 5:32:44 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** What's more, Quasimodo is well-intentioned but only sees Esmeralda as a pure Madonna, heavily idealizing her since she saved him from humiliation and possible death--which does ''not'' mix well with the fact that Quasi has an extremely naive view of human relationships due to him living all of his life locked away fom the world. Phoebus is attracted to ''both'' Esmeralda's kind heart and her alluring nature, so she chooses him because he's the only one that sees her as a proper human being with flaws and pros instead of just one thing or another. [[AdaptationDecay Ironic, considering in the original book…]]

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** What's more, Quasimodo is well-intentioned but only sees Esmeralda as a pure Madonna, heavily idealizing her since she saved him from humiliation and possible death--which does ''not'' mix well with the fact that Quasi has an extremely naive view of human relationships due to him living all of his life locked away fom the world. Phoebus is attracted to ''both'' Esmeralda's kind heart and her alluring nature, so she chooses him because he's the only one that sees her as a proper human being with flaws and pros instead of just one thing or another. [[AdaptationDecay [[AdaptationalHeroism Ironic, considering in the original book…]]
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