History Main / MadonnaWhoreComplex

14th Nov '17 7:10:48 PM PaulA
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* Subverted in LesMiserables. Similar to the ''TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' example above, as both are works by Victor Hugo, the character of Fantine largely represents the Madonna-esque purity and innocence, however, due to the consequences of being an unwed mother following a summer fling, is relegated (quite literally) to the role of the Whore; in the closest thing 19th century French Literature had to snark, Hugo makes sure to mention that the man she slept with suffered [[KarmaHoudini no ill effects]] of this, and managed to be a rich and successful lawyer, highlighting the double-standard. In addition, the novel makes note that she is both denegrated as Whore and the subject of incredulity as Madonna, leaving her at odds with society as both Madonna and Whore.

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* Subverted in LesMiserables. Similar to the ''TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' example above, as both are works by Victor Hugo, the ''Literature/LesMiserables''. The character of Fantine largely represents the Madonna-esque purity and innocence, however, due to the consequences of being an unwed mother following a summer fling, is relegated (quite literally) to the role of the Whore; in the closest thing 19th century French Literature had to snark, Hugo makes sure to mention that the man she slept with suffered [[KarmaHoudini no ill effects]] of this, and managed to be a rich and successful lawyer, highlighting the double-standard. In addition, the novel makes note that she is both denegrated denigrated as Whore and the subject of incredulity as Madonna, leaving her at odds with society as both Madonna and Whore.
11th Nov '17 3:27:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Frontier}}'': The owners of the Alehouse have to get Captain Johnson in a compromising position with one of the tavern girls in order to blackmail him. The problem is that he's a deeply Christian man, so Imogen taking the direct "whore" approach just leads to Johnson getting annoyed and telling her to leave. Mary instead tries the "madonna" tactic by presenting herself as a religious girl who finds herself tempted by bodily sin. This proves a lot more successful.
7th Nov '17 7:06:26 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Literature/{{Corpies}}'', [[BarrierWarrior Bubble Bubble]]'s public image is that of a demure, wholesome girl, who always wears tasteful, conservative dresses, when she's not engaged in rescue work. Then a sex scandal breaks out, with her in the middle. It turns out that, several years prior, she slept with the director of the movie she was in. Unbeknownst to her, he was dating a well-known movie star at the time. When the truth finally came out, the director quickly tries to cover his own ass by blaming Bubble Bubble, claiming that she used her powers to influence him. Despite Bubble Bubble's powers being well-documented and a matter of public record, the {{Muggle}} public is quick to dive back into the typical "who knows what these Supers are capable of" mindset. With her "Madonna" image ruined, she breaks down. Owen than asks his agent Lenny to take Bubble Bubble on as a client in order to fix her image. Lenny agrees and gives Bubble Bubble two options: she can go the easy route, accept public shame, and slowly work to "redeem" herself in the eyes of the people; or, she can own being a sexually-independent woman and publicly attack this trope, which is the more difficult, riskier path. Bubble Bubble goes with the second option, goes on a talk show, and turns the tables on the host, who is utterly unprepared for her ''not'' feeling ashamed. She explains that all she did was have consensual sex with a man, who was lying to her, which doesn't make her a bad person. She starts wearing less conservative (but not too revealing) outfits and overall seems happier with no longer having to maintain such a chaste image. It also helps that Owen makes the director a thinly-veiled threat along the lines of ShameIfSomethingHappened.
3rd Nov '17 3:48:25 PM Fireblood
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* ''{{Series/Outlander}}'': {{Discussed}} by name after Jamie gets quite upset that Brienne wore a bikini in the photo Claire showed him of her. She [[DefiedTrope rebuts]] the notion, complaining of it's being so prevalent in the 1700s.
18th Oct '17 11:43:53 PM Nazetrime
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* ''Series/MillionYenWomen'': This gets GenderInverted in one of the series HaremGenre moments. Midori, the youngest of the women (she's still in high school), finds out that Shin and Minami kissed. Midori asks Shin if he kissed Minami because he's in love with her. When Shin answers "no", Midori immediately comes to the conclusion that Shin is the kind of man who easily kisses women.
12th Sep '17 6:24:37 PM angie710
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* VirginityFlag
12th Sep '17 1:24:47 PM Carliro
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* How many a philosopher have portrayed the two aspects of [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Aphrodite]]: the heavenly Aphrodite Urania, spiritual love, and Aphrodite Pandemos, carnal love. There is evidence that this might have been a more complex matter in historical religion, however.
9th Sep '17 7:58:38 PM angie710
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* BrokenPedestal


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* MoralEventHorizon: In this case, having sex, having certain ''kinds'' of sex, having sex for the "wrong" reasons, having a certain "reputation", or expressing sexuality, depending on the setting.
9th Sep '17 7:50:45 PM 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]].

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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 "[[BrokenPedestal falls off the pedestal," pedestal]]," she [[DefiledForever irrevocably loses her "Madonna" status]].
8th Sep '17 9:14:28 AM Gowan
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* ''Literature/TessOfTheDUrbervilles'' is made of this. Tess' love interest is a hypocrite, who had sex before marriage himself, but despises her for ''having been raped''.

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* ''Literature/TessOfTheDUrbervilles'' is made of this. Tess' love interest is a hypocrite, who had sex before marriage himself, but despises her for ''having been raped''. The subtitle of the novel is "A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented", so, in a way, this is a subversion, as the author apparently did not subscribe to the misogynist attitude portrayed in the novel.
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