Quotes and Sayings about Sexuality
"Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night."
- Woody Allen
"Class, race, sexuality, gender and all other categories by which we categorize and dismiss each other need to be excavated from the inside."
- Dorothy Allison
(Related: Class, Gender, Race, Sexuality)
"There is not enough celebration of companionship. Relationships aren't just about eroticism and sexuality."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Companionship, Relationships, Sexuality)
"I never thought I'd be in a position where people would be talking about my sexuality and saying how good I look in underwear."
- Fiona Apple
(Related: Thought, People, Saying, Sexuality, Talking)
"For a while after the rape, I was afraid of my own sexuality, because I got raped right about the time when I started developing physically."
- Fiona Apple
(Related: Time, Right, Sexuality)
"It's not fair the emphasis put on beauty, or on sexuality."
- Rosanna Arquette
(Related: Beauty, Sexuality)
"Everybody's journey is individual. If you fall in love with a boy, you fall in love with a boy. The fact that many Americans consider it a disease says more about them than it does about homosexuality."
- James A. Baldwin
(Related: Love, Americans, Disease, Fact, Homosexuality, Journey)
"Sexuality is the lyricism of the masses."
- Charles Baudelaire
"At the heart of pornography is sexuality haunted by its own disappearance."
- Jean Baudrillard
(Related: Heart, Pornography, Sexuality)
"In itself, homosexuality is as limiting as heterosexuality: the ideal should be to be capable of loving a woman or a man; either, a human being, without feeling fear, restraint, or obligation."
- Simone de Beauvoir
(Related: Fear, Being, Feeling, Homosexuality, Man, Obligation, Restraint, Woman)
"A part of sexuality may go to research, and a much larger part must lead to aesthetic creation. The art of the future will, because of the very opportunities and materials it will have at its command, need an infinitely stronger formative impulse than it does now."
- John Desmond Bernal
(Related: Art, Creation, Future, May, Now, Research, Sexuality, Will)
"I know of my sex appeal. I know about sexuality, and I know how to use it - tastefully, of course."
- Rachel Bilson
(Related: Sex, Sex appeal, Sexuality)
"This film business, perhaps more so in America than in Europe, has always been about young sexuality. It's not true of theatre, but in America, film audiences are young. It's not an intellectual cinema in America."
- Jacqueline Bisset
(Related: Business, America, Audiences, Cinema, Europe, Film, Sexuality, Theatre)
"Disapproval of homosexuality cannot justify invading the houses, hearts and minds of citizens who choose to live their lives differently."
- Harry A. Blackmun
(Related: Homosexuality, Houses)
"I was certainly open for something being on the edge of a nervous breakdown, perplexed by my own sexuality. I was gay."
- Lionel Blue
(Related: Being, Gay, Open, Sexuality)
"It would have been convenient to be gay. Just because of the grooming, the narcissism, stuff like that. But I have this kind of roaring heterosexuality. Traditional, uncomplicated heterosexuality, an almost cliched Robin Askwith thing."
- Russell Brand
"Every year I teach dozens of students at the University of Birmingham. Most of the students on the gender and sexuality courses are women. I guess this is because the boys don't think that gender applies to them: that it's a subject for girls."
- Louise Brown
(Related: Women, Boys, Gender, Girls, Sexuality, Students, University)
"Brooke and I share some similarities. We're both passionate, fiercely loyal people. But she is far more outlandish than I'd ever be, particularly with her body and her sexuality. Brooke has made herself weak for men - she only gained self-confidence from their attention."
- Sophia Bush
(Related: Men, People, Attention, Body, Self, Sexuality)
"Race and class are rendered distinct analytically only to produce the realization that the analysis of the one cannot proceed without the other. A different dynamic it seems to me is at work in the critique of new sexuality studies."
- Judith Butler
(Related: Work, Class, Race, Sexuality)
"I support non-discrimination for homosexuals, but I think, or at least I have the right to think - without saying whether I think it or not - I have the right to think, along with the catechism of the Catholic Church, that homosexuality is morally wrong."
- Rocco Buttiglione
(Related: Church, Homosexuality, Right, Saying, Support, Wrong)
"I believe that the fact and the reality of homosexuality and heterosexuality and of opposite and same-gender unions should be taught in our public schools without a value judgement system also being offered."
- Ed Case
(Related: Being, Fact, Homosexuality, Public, Reality, Schools, Value)
"Human sexuality has been regulated and shaped by men to serve men's needs."
- Ana Castillo
(Related: Men, Needs, Sexuality)
"There are things coming from me that I felt I wanted to talk about. My search for my own blend of spirituality, my acknowledgement of my sexuality, my being the single mother of a young man."
- Ana Castillo
(Related: Mother, Being, Man, Sexuality, Spirituality, Talk)
"Because his basic idea that he got from the study of gall wasps is that everyone's sexuality is unique."
- Bill Condon
(Related: Idea, Sexuality, Study)
"The sexual deviance - I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss that; but we do have hints of it but in a more psychological way and therefore more human way, arguably. Or certainly to the extent that the animated series takes that sexuality."
- Marton Csokas
(Related: Lying, Sexuality)
"From a religious point of view, if God had thought homosexuality is a sin, he would not have created gay people."
- Howard Dean
(Related: God, Thought, People, Gay, Homosexuality, Religious, Sin)
"What do you mean you don't believe in homosexuality? It's not like the Easter Bunny, your belief isn't necessary."
- Lea DeLaria
(Related: Belief, Easter, Homosexuality)
"I think anything that has to do with sexuality makes people very interested."
- Catherine Deneuve
(Related: People, Sexuality)
"There really is something raw about sexuality that's real and good and we must continue to learn to not be ashamed of it. But - we have to honor the reality of practicing safer sex."
- Kyan Douglas
(Related: Sex, Honor, Reality, Sexuality)
"Stories about the ongoing dramas in our lives as we age are not being told because women find it difficult to be honest about what's going on - about, for example, our heightened sexuality as we age or about living in a society that only values youth."
- Olympia Dukakis
(Related: Age, Society, Women, Values, Being, Example, Living, Sexuality, Youth)
"Heterosexuality is dangerous. It tempts you to aim at a perfect duality of desire."
- Marguerite Duras
"Other people's perspective, just seeing the sexy image, might be that I take my sexuality very seriously. But I really don't. I like being sexy. It's fun, and I have had a nice little career off it."
- Carmen Electra
(Related: People, Being, Career, Fun, Perspective, Sexuality)
"We will see a breakdown of the family and family values if we decide to approve same-sex marriage, and if we decide to establish homosexuality as an acceptable alternative lifestyle with all the benefits that go with equating it with the heterosexual lifestyle."
- Jerry Falwell
(Related: Family, Marriage, Values, Benefits, Homosexuality, Will)
"I do not believe we can blame genetics for adultery, homosexuality, dishonesty and other character flaws."
- Jerry Falwell
(Related: Character, Adultery, Blame, Dishonesty, Flaws, Genetics, Homosexuality)
"You could make a case that women addicted men to their sexuality and then withdrew their sexuality until we provided them with a source of income."
- Warren Farrell
(Related: Men, Women, Income, Sexuality)
"The Jews have never been ashamed of being Jews, whereas homosexuals have been stupid enough to be ashamed of their homosexuality."
- Rainer W. Fassbinder
(Related: Being, Homosexuality)
"Muslims have a very bad attitude to homosexuality, they're very intolerant."
- Pim Fortuyn
(Related: Attitude, Homosexuality)
"If repression has indeed been the fundamental link between power, knowledge, and sexuality since the classical age, it stands to reason that we will not be able to free ourselves from it except at a considerable cost."
- Michel Foucault
(Related: Age, Power, Knowledge, Reason, Repression, Sexuality, Will)
"I have a friend who, if she has a bad hair day, it affects her whole mood because it is part of her sexuality, her confidence. I don't have that problem any more."
- Cathy Freeman
(Related: Friend, Confidence, Day, Hair, Sexuality)
"It was extremely important to show that Wilde's sexuality was not just some intellectual idea. It was real, and it was about the human body. To just have mentioned it and not shown it would have been, I think, peculiar and wrong."
- Stephen Fry
(Related: Idea, Body, Sexuality, Wrong)
"A lot of what I've been learning in the last two years is due to therapy - about my sexuality, why things go wrong, why relationships haven't worked. It isn't anything to do with anybody else; it's to do with me."
- Boy George
(Related: Learning, Relationships, Sexuality, Therapy, Wrong, Years)
"I accept people for who they are and love them. That doesn't mean I have to agree or that I have to turn my back on the tenets of my faith and reject the tenets of my faith when it comes to homosexuality."
- Ed Gillespie
(Related: Faith, Love, People, Homosexuality)
"I am not a prisoner of my sexuality like men younger than myself although I write about being a prisoner."
- Al Goldstein
(Related: Men, Being, Sexuality)
"I realize that homosexuality is a serious problem for anyone who is - but then, of course, heterosexuality is a serious problem for anyone who is, too. And being a man is a serious problem and being a woman is, too. Lots of things are problems."
- Edward Gorey
(Related: Being, Homosexuality, Man, Problems, Woman)
"There is no sexuality that is greater or lesser than another."
- Jasmine Guy
"Young people discovering their sexuality must know they walk with a strong tradition and that they are not alone. They have a right to information without being pressured."
- Jasmine Guy
(Related: People, Being, Information, Right, Sexuality, Tradition)
"I'm not afraid of my femininity and I'm not afraid of my sexuality."
- Goldie Hawn
(Related: Femininity, Sexuality)
"And for anyone who ever thought that Ellen and I broke it off because of sexuality, you couldn't be more mistaken. And for anyone who thought my mother's prayers had anything to do with me marrying a man, forget it."
- Anne Heche
(Related: Mother, Thought, Forget, Man, Sexuality)
"I put myself on the line with my truth and my sexuality. That is my choice. My choice."
- Anne Heche
(Related: Truth, Choice, Sexuality)
"Well, I grew up around the magazine and was part of a generation that was embracing our sexuality."
- Christie Hefner
"A poet laureate of adolescent sexuality and middle-age longing."
- William A. Henry III
(Related: Longing, Sexuality)
"You know what? I don't care. I'm my own guy. I'm very secure with my sexuality. I can cry anytime I want."
- Brett Hull
(Related: Care, Sexuality, Want)
"Jesus never said anything about homosexuality."
- Patricia Ireland
"You walk off the plane in Rio, and your blood temperature goes up. The feel of the wind on your face, the water on your skin, the taste of the food, the music, the sexuality; Brazilians are very comfortable in their sexuality."
- Amy Irving
(Related: Food, Music, Blood, Sexuality, Skin, Taste, Water, Wind)
"America has the longest prison sentences in the West, yet the only condition long sentences demonstrably cure is heterosexuality."
- Bruce Jackson
(Related: America, Cure, Prison)
"Understand that sexuality is as wide as the sea. Understand that your morality is not law. Understand that we are you. Understand that if we decide to have sex whether safe, safer, or unsafe, it is our decision and you have no rights in our lovemaking."
- Derek Jarman
(Related: Sex, Morality, Decision, Rights, Law, Sea, Sexuality)
"All men are homosexual, some turn straight. It must be very odd to be a straight man because your sexuality is hopelessly defensive. It's like an ideal of racial purity."
- Derek Jarman
(Related: Men, Man, Purity, Sexuality)
"I'd thought sexuality was instinctive or natural, but it's profoundly linked to inner security and cultural context."
- Tahar Ben Jelloun
(Related: Thought, Security, Sexuality)
"All women do have a different sense of sexuality, or sense of fun, or sense of like what's sexy or cool or tough."
- Angelina Jolie
(Related: Women, Fun, Sense, Sexuality)
"Bisexuality means I am free and I am as likely to want to love a woman as I am likely to want to love a man, and what about that? Isn't that what freedom implies?"
- June Jordan
(Related: Love, Freedom, Man, Want, Woman)
"Sexuality itself means mortality - equally for both man and woman."
- Leon Kass
(Related: Man, Mortality, Sexuality, Woman)
"They are always very lax about putting restrictions on violence for children's movies, which I think is much more harrowing than sexuality for children."
- Philip Kaufman
(Related: Movies, Children, Sexuality, Violence)
"And I think my sexuality was heavily repressed by the church, by the, you know, the design of the mortal sins."
- Thomas Keneally
(Related: Design, Church, Sexuality)
"I used to be told if I talked about my sexuality in any way that we wouldn't have a tennis tour."
- Billie Jean King
(Related: Sexuality, Tennis)
"I think one's sexuality can be the center of life, and coming out and discovering your sexuality is something that really can define your existence."
- Mia Kirshner
(Related: Life, Existence, Sexuality)
"I am inspired by human sexuality. The act itself is mechanical and holds little interest to me."
- Jerzy Kosinski
(Related: Act, Interest, Sexuality)
"I feel by posing for Playboy I've discovered my own sexuality and beauty, and I feel more confident than ever."
- Heather Kozar
(Related: Beauty, Sexuality)
"Sexuality poorly repressed unsettles some families; well repressed, it unsettles the whole world."
- Karl Kraus
(Related: Sexuality, World)
"I'd always been a news junkie, always read lots of newspapers and watched the Sunday morning news shows on TV and felt strongly about issues of power, control, sexuality and race."
- Barbara Kruger
(Related: Power, Control, News, Newspapers, Race, Sexuality)
"I don't think the idea of homosexuality is really taboo any more. Our culture is evolving. This is an exciting time to be living."
- Andrew Lang
(Related: Time, Idea, Culture, Homosexuality, Living)
"Sexuality is a big issue, but there are others - how much you commit to a relationship, to social obligation, to honesty and being honest with yourself."
- Ang Lee
(Related: Honesty, Being, Obligation, Sexuality)
"One is that if women's sexuality in Africa wasn't under assault, if women were able to say no, if women weren't subject to predatory attacks by men, or predatory behaviour generally, then you would have a disease in Africa called AIDS. But you wouldn't have a pandemic."
- Stephen Lewis
(Related: Women, Disease, Sexuality)
"I just came into my own sexuality at thirty. I don't think it's something you can deeply experience at 18 or any time before that."
- Eva Longoria
(Related: Experience, Time, Sexuality)
"I can't really define it in sexual terms alone although our sexuality is so energizing why not enjoy it too?"
- Audre Lorde
"Sexuality is a private matter; some believe that broadcasting it destroys the very things that make it sacred."
- Lance Loud
"People who were close to me - family and friends - they knew about my sexuality."
- Greg Louganis
(Related: Family, People, Friends, Sexuality)
"I just did not discuss my personal life, my sexuality with the media. That was my policy."
- Greg Louganis
(Related: Life, Policy, Media, Sexuality)
"Obviously, in dealing with a relationship, sexuality has to be involved, and jealousy and emotions like that. And I don't know, I've always been intrigued by those emotions."
- Adrian Lyne
(Related: Emotions, Jealousy, Sexuality)
"I would say I'm pretty well at ease with my sexuality, but I'm an individual before I am a female."
- Shirley Manson
(Related: Pretty, Sexuality)
"It always seemed to me a bit pointless to disapprove of homosexuality. It's like disapproving of rain."
- Francis Maude
(Related: Homosexuality, Rain)
"I spent years growing up being told what my sexuality was."
- George Michael
(Related: Being, Growing up, Sexuality, Years)
"I define my sexuality in terms of the people that I love."
- George Michael
(Related: Love, People, Sexuality)
"Impotence, fetishism, bisexuality, and bondage are all facts of life, and our fiction should reflect that."
- Rick Moody
(Related: Life, Facts, Fiction)
"It's a good thing that columnists don't make homosexuality their last taboo anymore. But I wish the columnists themselves would come out too."
- Michael Musto
"People in the States used to think that if girls were good at sports their sexuality would be affected."
- Martina Navratilova
(Related: Sports, People, Girls, Sexuality, states)
"Pursuit and seduction are the essence of sexuality. It's part of the sizzle."
- Camille Paglia
(Related: Pursuit, Seduction, Sexuality)
"Sex, sexual dynamics and how we define our sexuality, is one of the major deals in everyone's life."
- Molly Parker
(Related: Life, Sex, Deals, Sexuality)
"I always say that as a Christian I cannot find any passage in the Gospels in which Jesus condemned homosexuality."
- Troy Perry
(Related: Christian, Homosexuality)
"It still strikes me as strange that anyone could have any moral objection to someone else's sexuality. It's like telling someone else how to clean their house."
- River Phoenix
"I would encourage anybody struggling with their sexuality to go with their heart. If it's not an appropriate time, there will be one later. Never, ever try to rush into anything - do it in your own time."
- Danny Pintauro
(Related: Time, Heart, Sexuality, Will)
"French women have been made beautiful by the French people - they're very aware of their bodies, the way they move and speak, they're very confident of their sexuality. French society's made them like that."
- Charlotte Rampling
(Related: Women, People, Society, Sexuality)
"Because pornography is a tool of Satan that exploits and distorts our God-given sexuality, women - especially Christian women - need to understand the increasing threat of online pornography."
- Donna Rice
(Related: Women, God, Christian, Pornography, Satan, Sexuality)
"Through her paintings, she breaks all the taboos of the woman's body and of female sexuality."
- Diego Rivera
(Related: Body, Sexuality, Woman)
"There were theoretical elements in the subjection of women and it is not possible to avoid the conclusion that a large contribution was made to them by the Church. In part this was a matter of its hostile stance towards sexuality."
- J. M. Roberts
(Related: Women, Church, Sexuality)
"There's an assault on human sexuality, as Judge Scalia said, they've taken sides in the culture war and on top of that if we have a democracy, the democratic processes should be that we can elect representatives who will share our point of view and vote those things into law."
- Pat Robertson
(Related: War, Culture, Democracy, Law, Sexuality, Vote, Will)
"I justified it in so many ways. I had a very, very long and difficult struggle with my sexuality."
- Portia de Rossi
(Related: Sexuality, Struggle)
"My sexuality is a part of me that I really like. But it's not the totality of me."
- Portia de Rossi
"I have no problem with homosexuality. I have a problem with homosexual acts."
- Rick Santorum
"I think change is possible, but only for individuals who were never truly gay in the first place and who have a strong personal motivation to recover their heterosexuality."
- Marilyn vos Savant
(Related: Change, Motivation, First, Gay)
"I chose to treat the homosexuality like I would treat any other form of sexuality."
- Barbet Schroeder
"It's my experience that the fluidity of sexuality with younger people is more accepted."
- Josh Schwartz
(Related: Experience, People, Sexuality)
"Now when you have administrators deciding what sexuality is, and what's a taboo and what's not in terms of content, you got guys, like, Trent Lott who equates homosexuality with a disease."
- Richard Serra
(Related: Content, Disease, Homosexuality, Now)
"Intimacy is a wonderful thing. It's frustrating that growing up I thought it was wrong. It isn't. Exploring your sexuality is important when you're growing up."
- Amanda Seyfried
(Related: Thought, Growing up, Intimacy, Sexuality, Wrong)
"Homosexuality in Russia is a crime and the punishment is seven years in prison, locked up with the other men. There is a three year waiting list."
- Yakov Smirnoff
(Related: Men, Crime, Homosexuality, Prison, Punishment, Russia, Waiting, Years)
"And I believe that public broadcasting has an important trust with the American people, it's an intimate medium of television, and that we can do reading and language development for young children without getting into human sexuality."
- Margaret Spellings
(Related: Trust, People, Development, American, Children, Language, Public, Reading, Sexuality, Television)
"My sexuality has never been a problem to me but I think it has been for other people."
- Dusty Springfield
(Related: People, Sexuality)
"I've always felt that sexuality is a really slippery thing. In this day and age, it tends to get categorized and labeled, and I think labels are for food. Canned food."
- Michael Stipe
(Related: Food, Age, Day, Sexuality)
"I wrote the very first stories in science fiction which dealt with homosexuality, The World Well Lost and Affair With a Green Monkey."
- Theodore Sturgeon
(Related: Science, Fiction, First, Homosexuality, World)
"Homosexuality is like the weather. It just is."
- Andrew Sullivan
(Related: Homosexuality, Weather)
"I am sensual and very physical. I'm very erotic. But my sexuality exists on a sort of a fantasy level."
- Donna Summer
(Related: Fantasy, Sexuality)
"We shouldn't feel restricted by our sexuality, and our sexuality doesn't have to be a cultural choice. That's an amazing variety of music within those five main performers."
- Neil Tennant
(Related: Music, Choice, Sexuality, Variety)
"We hope we are moving toward a world where sexual orientation is not an issue, because we hate the idea of a gay ghetto. I think that it's a real shame that people become restricted by their sexuality or define their whole lives by their sexuality."
- Neil Tennant
(Related: People, Idea, Hope, Gay, Hate, Sexuality, Shame, World)
"To a certain extent, this tour is a celebration of individuality and that you can invent and reinvent yourself. You should have the power to be able to do that. Sexuality is a part of that. It should release you. It doesn't have to be an issue. It shouldn't box you in."
- Neil Tennant
(Related: Power, Individuality, Sexuality)
"I don't think homosexuality is a choice. Society forces you to think it's a choice, but in fact, it's in one's nature. The choice is whether one expresses one's nature truthfully or spends the rest of one's life lying about it."
- Marlo Thomas
(Related: Life, Nature, Society, Choice, Fact, Homosexuality, Lying, Rest)
"A man like Wilde was not free to live out of the closet as a homosexual, and women in general were not able to be truly themselves; there was no place for a woman's voice to be heard or for her to express her sexuality."
- Marisa Tomei
(Related: Women, Man, Sexuality, Voice, Woman)
"My mother wanted me to understand that as a woman I could do pretty much whatever I wanted to, that I didn't have to use sex or sexuality to define myself."
- Suzanne Vega
(Related: Sex, Mother, Pretty, Sexuality, Woman)
"People have known of Shakespeare's homosexuality down through the ages."
- George Weinberg
(Related: People, Homosexuality, Shakespeare)
"If every time you engage in a sex act, you go into a confession box, you will never accept your own sexuality."
- George Weinberg
(Related: Time, Sex, Act, Confession, Sexuality, Will)
"But the Bible speaks against it, and because the Bible speaks against it, we allow rampant sin including homosexuality and lying, and to me lying is just as b ad as homosexuality, and we've allowed this sin to run rampant in our nation."
- Reggie White
(Related: Bible, Homosexuality, Lying, Nation, Sin)
"Let me explain something when I'm talking about sin, and I'm talking about all sin. One of the biggest ones that has been talked about that has really become a debate in America is homosexuality."
- Reggie White
(Related: America, Debate, Homosexuality, Sin, Talking)
"I think heterosexuality and homosexuality are a kind of psychosis, and the truth is somewhere in the middle."
- Jeanette Winterson
(Related: Truth, Homosexuality)
"To ask women to become unnaturally thin is to ask them to relinquish their sexuality."
- Naomi Wolf
(Related: Women, Sexuality)