Taboo Quotes

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Jess C. Scott
“I felt like an animal, and animals don’t know sin, do they?”
Jess C. Scott, Wicked Lovely

Judith Lewis Herman
“The conflict between the will to deny horrible events and the will to proclaim them aloud is the central dialectic of psychological trauma.”
Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Lewis Black
“That's the funny thing about religion: it doesn't matter what you say, you're going to upset someone. ”
Lewis Black, Me of Little Faith

Tove Jansson
“She started thinking about all the euphemisms for death, all the anxious taboos that had always fascinated her. It was too bad you could never have an intelligent discussion on the subject. People were either too young or too old, or else they didn't have time.”
Tove Jansson, The Summer Book

Christopher Hitchens
“When people have tried everything and have discovered that nothing works, they will tend to revert to what they know best—which will often be the tribe, the totem, or the taboo.”
Christopher Hitchens

Jeanette Winterson
“What a strange world it is where you can have as much sex as you like but love is taboo. I'm talking about the real thing, the grand passion, which may not allow affection or convenience or happiness. The truth is that love smashes into your life like an ice floe, and even if your heart is built like the Titanic you go down. That's the size of it, the immensity of it. It's not proper, it's not clean, it's not containable.”
Jeanette Winterson, The Powerbook

J.G. Ballard
“He methodically basted the dark skin of the Alsatian, which he had stuffed with garlic and herbs.
"One rule in life", he murmured to himself. "If you can smell garlic, everything is all right".”
J.G. Ballard, High-Rise

Leah Raeder
“If you think you can stand looking and not touching for eight months, you're welcome to try."
"Try' being the operative word," he said, sighing. "No, I can't. And I don't want to try.”
Leah Raeder, Unteachable

“Actually, nothing hurts like hearing the word slut, unless it is hearing the word rape dropped about carelessly. Again, a word I wouldn't have thought much about, except that when I was in high school a girl gave her senior speech on her best friend's rape. She ended not with an appear for women's rights or self defense, but by begging us to consider our language. We use the word 'rape' so casually, for sports, for a failed test, to spice up jokes. 'The test raped me.' 'His smile went up to justifiable rape.' These references confer casualness upon the word, embedding it into our culture, stripping it of shock value, and ultimately numb us to the reality of rape.”
Christine Stockton, Sluts

Toba Beta
“Fight for change? Thirst for difference?
Start talking what men avoid talking about.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

“I am not sure if we are numbed to the reality of rape, but here's the sad irony. While the word rape can add an edginess to your language, talking about actual rape is taboo. I didn't know this until one of my friends was raped. Then I knew this, because I didn't want to tell anyone. If she were mugged, I would have told everyone and raged.”
Christine Stockton, Sluts

Leah Raeder
“I touched his hand, carefully. Not too intimate, but not some half-assed there-there pat, either. Would he understand? Usually the thought process for a seventeen-year-old boy went girl touching me>omg>boner.”
Leah Raeder, Unteachable

Maryam Schonbeck
“But did he know that I'd already forgiven him for having rejected me?”
Maryam Schonbeck, My Heresy

Sigmund Freud
“In general we are reminded that the word heimlich is not unambiguous, but belongs to two sets of ideas, which, without being contradictory, are yet very different: on the one hand it means what is familiar and agreeable, and on the other, what is concealed and kept out of sight. Unheimlich is customarily used, we are told, as the contrary only of the first signification of heimlich, and not of the second. [...] On the other hand, we notice that Schelling says something which throws quite a new light on the concept of the Unheimlich, for which we were certainly not prepared. According to him, everything is unheimlich that ought to have remained secret and hidden but has come to light.”
Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny

Wataru Watari
“I couldn't speak. It wasn't because I was frightened. I was entranced, frozen in place by a crisp, terrifyingly icy beauty. Her gorgeousness seemed like a taboo, something forbidden to approach or even speak of, never mind touch.”
Wataru Watari, やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。4

William Golding
“... what makes things break up like they do?"
Piggy rubbed his glasses slowly and thought. When he understood how far Ralph had gone towards accepting him he flushed pinkly with pride.
"I dunno, Ralph. I expect it's him."
"Jack." A taboo was evolving round that word too.
Ralph nodded solemnly.
"Yes," he said, "I suppose it must be.”
Golding William, Lord of the Flies

Devdutt Pattanaik
“It is not about being a hermit in the forest. It is about overpowering lust and attachment wherever you are.”
Devdutt Pattanaik, Shikhandi and Other Stories They Don't Tell You

Nenia Campbell
“Jay had forgotten how good it could feel to be consumed—so good that you didn't feel the pain of it until you were already long gone.”
Nenia Campbell, Quid Pro Quo

“Menstruation is not a problem, poor menstrual hygiene is”
Anurag Chauhan

Mouloud Benzadi
“Accept no
to your
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“Accept no
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Gina Barreca
“What doesn’t polite society, in all seriousness, want to discuss? Sex, money, political corruption, bodily functions, religion, loss and despair?

These have been the very subjects attracting writers of comedy since Aristophanes penned “Lysistrata” as a vehicle for the young Joan Rivers.”
Gina Barreca

David Ian Cowan
“The first politicians were, in fact, the first priests. Funny how these two topics, politics and religion, are considered taboo in polite conversation. One particular group even purposely removed from their scriptures all references to reincarnation or personal spiritual empowerment in a deliberate attempt to consolidate the Truth under one authority. This led to the Dark Ages in Europe. Those who still insisted on side-stepping the official version of Truth often found themselves burned at the stake. Fear of our personal power still permeates many of our social institutions and is part of our cultural heritage. Why let it become part of yours?”
David Ian Cowan, Dowsing Beyond Duality: Access Your Power to Create Positive Change

N.K. Aning
“There are two kinds of people in this world. Those that  live a charmed life, have everything at their disposal and those that work hard, struggle in life and make it to the top”
N.K. Aning, A Song for Eyram

Bat Maxwell
“Bat’s hips begin to thrust up, his hand surrenders control of her head and lays back to expose all...”
Bat Maxwell, The Color of Honey

C.R.R. Crawford
“So Dad was a tedious, well-connected workaholic. But the other thing you need to understand is that Mom was a living wet dream. A former Guess model and Miller Lite girl, she was tall, curvy and gorgeous. At thirty-eight, she had somehow managed to remain ageless and maintained her killer body. She’s five-foot-nine with never-ending legs, generous breasts and full hips that scoop dramatically into her slim waist. People who say Barbie’s proportions are unrealistic obviously never met my stepmother. Her face is pretty too, with long eyelashes, sculpted cheekbones and big, blue eyes that tease and smile at the same time. Her long brown hair rests on her shoulders in thick, tousled layers like in one of those Pantene Pro-V commercials.

One memory seared in to my brain from my early teenage years is of Mom parading around the house one evening in nothing but her heels and underwear. I was sitting on the couch in the living room watching TV when a flurry of long limbs and blow-dried hair burst in front of the screen.

“Teddy-bear. Do you know where Silvia left the dry cleaning? I’m running late for dinner with the Blackwells and I can’t find my red cocktail dress.”

Mom stood before me in matching off-white, La Perla bra and panties and Manolo Blahnik stilettos. Some subtle gold hoop earrings hung from her ears and a tiny bit of mascara on her eye lashes highlighted her sparkling, blue eyes. Aside from the missing dress, she was otherwise ready to go.

“I think she left them hanging on the chair next to the other sofa,” I said, trying my best not to gape at Mom’s perfect body.
Mom trotted across the room, her heels tocking on the hard wood floor. I watched her slim, sexy back as she lifted the dry cleaning onto the sofa and then bent over to sort through the garments. My eyes followed her long mane of brown hair down to her heart-shaped ass. Her panties stretched tightly across each cheek as she bent further down.
“Found it!” She cried, springing back upright, causing her 35Cs to bounce up and down from the sudden motion. They were thrusting proudly off her ribcage and bulging out over the fabric of the balconette bra like two titanic eggs. Her supple skin pushed out over the silk edges. And then she was gone as quickly as she had arrived, her long legs striding back down the hallway.”
C.R.R. Crawford, Sins from my Stepmother: Forbidden Desires

“The more conformist the culture, the more taboo “no” becomes.”
Martha Beck, Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live

Mark Doty
“Unspeakable"--unspeakability?--comes in three varieties.
First, that which cannot be said because one does not know it, and therefore cannot say it.
Second, that which cannot be spoken because it is culturally impermissible to do so.
And third, that which cannot be named because it is impossible, since the language provides no terms, no words to enable articulation.”
Mark Doty, What Is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life

Mark Doty
“It makes you crazy, for something you know to be true, know from the very core or root of you, to remain unspeakable.”
Mark Doty, What Is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life

Natalie M. Esparza
“Unfortunately, mental health is still a taboo subject in our culture... I want to help normalize this discussion. If depression was talked about in more detail I may have been able to get the help I needed much sooner.”
Natalie M. Esparza, Spectacle: Discover a Vibrant Life through the Lens of Curiosity

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