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The Madonna / Whore Complex: a Female Dichotomy


Remember Sigmund Freud? How could you not. As much of a weirdo as he is, he is endearingly referred to as the father of psychoanalysis because he gave us so many foundational elements of psychology that are still used and recognized today.


We can attribute this psychological dichotomy unearthed in male patients to our pal, Freud.


The Madonna / Whore dichotomy can be defined as men who perceive women’s nurturance and sexuality as mutually exclusive. Men with this complex saw women as either saints or prostitutes, loving the first and desiring the second, though never intertwining both.


Let’s apply this to today’s logic.


Have you ever heard a dude say something along the lines of, “If I have kids, I better only have sons. I could never deal with a daughter.”


The answer is probably yes, because men, whether they know it or not, tend to sexualize everything, including their hypothetical offspring. But I digress…


This is because of the Madonna / Whore Complex.