Total absence of humor renders life impossible.
—Colette (via observando)
It occurred to me that this taboo [of virginity] may have been intensified by the fact that at one time (in a matriarchal society) the woman may have been the dominant partner. In this way, like the defeated deities, she acquired demonic properties, and was feared as an agent of retribution. Also her defloweration by deity, priests, etc. points back to a time when she was not the “private property” of the male, and in order to achieve this she had to shake off the shackles of her impressive past - which may still play its part as the earliest positive basis for the precautionary measures of the male.
—Lou Andreas-Salomé in a personal letter to Freud regarding his essay “The Taboo of Virginity” (via insideoutfox)