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21st Aug '17 8:36:24 PM angie710
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* Subverted in the Literature/TheFourGospels on at least two occasions. The first time, {{Jesus}} chats with an unnamed Samaritan woman at her town's well, and does not treat her with contempt for [[SerialSpouse having been married and divorced five times]] and living with a boyfriend as a [[TheMistress "kept woman,"]] even though everyone else does, to the point where she comes to the well at high noon instead of at dawn or dusk when the other townswomen do. The second time, a woman who was caught in the act of [[YourCheatingHeart adultery]] is being brought out to be executed by stoning. ([[DoubleStandard Her lover is not mentioned as being about to be executed]], even though [[CaptainObvious he was caught, too]], and even though the laws laid out in the Literature/BookOfExodus said that ''both'' the man and the woman were to be executed.) The townsmen ask Jesus what should be done with her, and He calls on them to examine their own consciences....[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome leading them to spare her life]]. He then tells her that he doesn't condemn her, and to go and live her life and not cheat again.

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* ** Subverted in the Literature/TheFourGospels on at least two occasions. The first time, {{Jesus}} chats with an unnamed Samaritan woman at her town's well, and does not treat her with contempt for [[SerialSpouse having been married and divorced five times]] and living with a boyfriend as a [[TheMistress "kept woman,"]] even though everyone else does, to the point where she comes to the well at high noon instead of at dawn or dusk when the other townswomen do. The second time, a woman who was caught in the act of [[YourCheatingHeart adultery]] is being brought out to be executed by stoning. ([[DoubleStandard Her lover is not mentioned as being about to be executed]], even though [[CaptainObvious he was caught, too]], and even though the laws laid out in the Literature/BookOfExodus said that ''both'' the man and the woman were to be executed.) The townsmen ask Jesus what should be done with her, and He calls on them to examine their own consciences....[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome leading them to spare her life]]. He then tells her that he doesn't condemn her, and to go and live her life and not cheat again.
21st Aug '17 8:35:37 PM angie710
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* Subverted in the Literature/TheFourGospels on at least two occasions. The first time, {{Jesus}} chats with an unnamed Samaritan woman at her town's well, and does not treat her with contempt for [[SerialSpouse having been married and divorced five times]] and living with a boyfriend as a [[TheMistress "kept woman,"]] even though everyone else does, to the point where she comes to the well at high noon instead of at dawn or dusk when the other townswomen do. The second time, a woman who was caught in the act of [[YourCheatingHeart adultery]] is being brought out to be executed by stoning. ([[DoubleStandard Her lover is not mentioned as being about to be executed]], even though [[CaptainObvious he was caught, too]], and even though the laws laid out in the Literature/BookOfExodus said that ''both'' the man and the woman were to be executed.) The townsmen ask Jesus what should be done with her, and He calls on them to examine their own consciences....[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome leading them to spare her life]]. He then tells her that he doesn't condemn her, and to go and live her life and not cheat again.


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** Also played straight in the Literature/BookOfProverbs, where the students are warned about "strange" women, and where these women are contrasted against a personification of Wisdom, and against the Wife of Noble Character.
21st Aug '17 8:23:30 PM angie710
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* ThenLetMeBeEvil


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* SexIsEvil
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.
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