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Quotes / Madonna–Whore Complex

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"It's not your fault that they hover
I mean no disrespect
It's my right to be hellish
I still get jealous
You're too sexy, beautiful
And everybody wants a taste
That's why (That's why)
I still get jealous"
Nick Jonas, "Jealous"

"Oops, I did it again
I played with your heart, got lost in the game
Oh baby, baby
Oops, you think I'm in love
That I'm sent from above
I'm not that innocent"
Britney Spears, "Oops I Did It Again"

"You have a strange sense of nobility, Captain. You'll lay a man out for implying that I'm a whore, but you keep calling me one to my face."
Inara Serra, Firefly

"Sodom and Madonna-ism are two halves of the same movement, the mere tick-tack of lust and asceticism, pietism and pornography. If you're not pious, you won't be pornographical, and vice versa. If there are no saints there'll be no sinners. If there were no ascetics, there'd be no lewd people. If you divide the human psyche into two halves, one half will be white, the other black. It's the division itself which is pernicious. The swing to one extreme causes the swing to the other. The swing towards Immaculate Madonna-ism inevitably causes the swing back to the whore of prostitution, then back again to the Madonna, and so ad infinitum."
D. H. Lawrence, review of Solitaria

"I say this with the utmost respect, but male writers tend to write female characters as either the angel or the whore."

"It's kind of a double-edged sword, isn't it?...Well, if you say you haven't, you're a prude. If you say you have, you're a slut. It's a trap."
Allison Reynolds, The Breakfast Club

"Darling! ... Whore!"
Eddie Gluskin, Outlast: The Whistleblower

"So you're saying my only choice as a girl is nun or whore?"
Tip, Emerald City

"Now, can we finally stop with that virgin-whore nonsense? There are so many other interesting things about me!"
Cecilia, Jane the Virgin


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