"I feel that my whole life is influenced by men, not women. When my mother died, there was a period when I thought I was the wife & mother. I’d taken over that part. I think I had sexual fantasies about every older man who was related to me. I didn’t really discover masturbation till I was 17, 18 years old. I’d had intercourse before I understood that."
"Catholicism gives you a strength, an inner strength, whether you end up believing it later or not. It’s the backbone. I think maybe the essence of Catholicism I haven’t rejected, but the theory of it, I have, if that makes any sense."
"I think I’ve only been in love with men, because ultimately the approval I seek is my father’s."
"Madonna`s show was real good. In fact, rarely have I seen a more confident or convincing debut." - Robert Hilburn - Times Pop Music Critic
“You have to get to a point where you care as little about getting smoke blown up your ass as you do when you become a whipping boy in the press, because ultimately they both add up to shit. You just have to keep doing your work & hope & pray somebody’s dialing into your frequency.”
"My mother is the only other person I have ever heard of named Madonna. I never had trouble with the name. Not in school or anything. I went to Catholic schools & then when I got involved in the music industry, everybody thought I took it as a stage name. So I let them think that. It’s pretty glamorous."
"All of my sexual experiences when I was young were with girls. I mean, we didn’t have those sleep-over parties for nothing. I think that’s really normal: same-sex experimentation. You get really curious & there’s your girlfriend, she’s spending the night with you & it happens."
"To call me an antifeminist is ludicrous. Some people have said that I’m setting women back 30 years. Well, I think in the fifties women weren’t ashamed of their bodies. I think they luxuriated in their sexuality & being strong in their femininity. I think that is better than hiding it & saying `I’m strong, I’m just like a man.` Women aren’t like men. They can do things that men can’t do. If people don’t get the humor in me or my act, then they don’t want to get it."
"A lot of people saw Marilyn Monroe & Judy Garland as persecuted, tragic & vulnerable & I think a lot of gay men feel that way because of their particular predicament in society & not being accepted completely."
"Sex symbol? That is such a weird question. I guess I would be perceived as that because I have a typically voluptuous body & because the way I dress accents my femininity & because a lot of what I am about is just expressing sexual desire & not really caring what people think about it. Maybe that would make you a sex symbol, I don’t know."
"I feel like I’m always working with gay men. For some reason that’s who I have the most camaraderie with. I don’t really know why. I think, on the one hand, I feel their persecution. They are looked at as outsiders, so I relate to that. On the other hand, I feel that most gay men are so much more in touch with a certain kind of sensitivity that heterosexual men aren’t allowed to be in touch with, their feminine side. To me they’re whole human beings, more so than most of the straight men that I know."