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MADONNA – WHORE COMPLEX

March 22, 2021

Translated by: Maria Galanopoulou

It is the division of women into the categories of “Madonna” and “Whore”, which connotes the polarized opinions on women, by labelling them either as “good”, pure and unsullied Madonnas or as “bad”, indiscreet, and enchanting “whores”. This syndrome stems from the desire to empower the patriarchy.

For instance, a man who experiences this syndrome pursues sexual relationships with women who openly express their sexuality, whom he groups into the latter category, but without experiencing feelings of respect for them. In his eyes, a woman who is not sexually liberated, is modest, and shows an interest in household chores is the “good” girl “worthy” of marrying him.

A very famous pop culture instance is Taylor Swift’s video clip “You Belong With Me”, in which the “good” girl manages to win the boy.

 
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