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Helen Lawrenson

  • You might have to go back to the Children's Crusade in 1212 AD to find as unfortunate and fatuous an attempt at manipulated hysteria as the Women's Liberation Movement.

    • Helen Lawrenson,
    • "The Feminine Mistake," in Esquire ()
  • If a woman is sufficiently ambitious, determined and gifted — there is practically nothing she can't do.

    • Helen Lawrenson,
    • in Esquire ()
  • Most of today's film actresses are typical of a mass-production age: living dolls who look as if they came off an assembly line and whose uniformity of appearance is frequently a triumph of modern science, thanks to which they can be equipped with identical noses, breasts, teeth, eyelashes, and hair.

    • Helen Lawrenson,
    • "Where Did It Go?" Latins Are Still Lousy Lovers ()
  • His [Roger Vadim's] announced messianic urge is to eliminate all sense of guilt about the human body and all erotic complexes, a not unlaudable aim which possibly would be more attainable if he made better pictures.

    • Helen Lawrenson,
    • "Jane Fonda: All You Need Is Love, Love, Love," Latins Are Still Lousy Lovers ()
  • Androgyne, you're a funny valentine.

    • Helen Lawrenson,
    • chapter title, Latins Are Still Lousy Lovers ()
  • There's no use throwing down the gauntlet in front of me and daring me to pick it up. 'Pick it up yourself,' I'd say.

  • In the final analysis, each of us is responsible for what we are. We cannot blame it on our mothers, who, thanks to Freud, have replaced money as the root of all evil.

  • As for that topsy-turvy tangle known as soixante-neuf, personally I have always felt it to be madly confusing, like trying to pat your head and rub your stomach at the same time.

    • Helen Lawrenson,
    • in Esquire ()
  • Whatever else can be said about sex, it cannot be called a dignified performance.

  • ... one woman ... claimed that with her eyes alone she could bring a man to the verge of climax. She did it by looking directly into his eyes and concentrating, like Uri Geller bending a fork. (In fact, I don't know why I'm being so coy about it. It was me.)

  • There is nothing that impairs a man's sexual performance quicker than any suggestion that he's not doing it right ('Not there, you idiot!') ...

  • There is one thing new in sexual mores and that is today's bisexual chic. ... if you can't truthfully claim to be bisexual yourself, the next best thing is to reveal that one, or both, of your parents was.

  • The American Communist Party was notoriously infiltrated by informers, some working for the FBI, some for capitalist employers. At one time it used to be said that spies practically kept the Party going with their dues and contributions.

Helen Lawrenson, U.S. writer

(1907 - 1982)

Full name: Helen Brown Norden Lawrenson.