quote by Laura Mulvey

In a world ordered by sexual imbalance, pleasure in looking has been split between active/male and passive/female…In their traditional exhibitionist role women are simultaneously looked at and displayed, with their appearance coded for strong visual and erotic impact so that they can be said to connote to-be-looked-at-ness

— Laura Mulvey

Unexpected Connotation quotations

Growing up is something that you do your whole life.

I want to always feel that I can be a kid if I want. Growing up has some negative connotations. Like, you're not supposed to roll around on the ground anymore. You're not supposed to make fun of yourself. You're not supposed to ride a bicycle. But I'm a Toys-R-Us kid.

The ambiguities of language, both in terms of vocabulary and syntax, are fascinating: how important connotation is, what is lost and what is gained in the linguistic transition.

We all want a United Africa, United not only in our concept of what unity connotes, but united in our common desire to move forward together in dealing with all the problems that can best be solved only on a continental basis.

Whenever I hear someone describe something as a 'kids movie' or a 'family movie,' it immediately has a negative connotation in my mind because I think, 'Well, as an adult, I wouldn't go see it by myself, because it's purely for children and it holds nothing for me and it's simplistic and it's kind of easy.'

Is graffiti art or vandalism? That word has a lot of negative connotations and it alienates people, so no, I don't like to use the word 'art' at all.

How obvious it is that color has its various connotations-hue, value, and intensity - and without the basic understanding of these three determining factors, we are somewhat limited in the proper use of color in rooms.

Years ago, I thought up the name Queen.

..It's just a name, but it's very regal obviously, and it sounds splendid...It's a strong name, very universal and immediate. It had a lot of visual potential and was open to all sorts of interpretations. I was certainly aware of the gay connotations, but that was just one facet of it.

I don't like the label 'plus-size' -- I call it 'fiercely real.

' On 'Top Model,' we call it fiercely real. I don't want to use the term 'plus-size,' because, to me, what the hell is that? It just doesn't have a positive connotation to it. I tend to not use it.

I question the negative connotations of fabric, of ribbon, of lace.

I turn these symbols of our imprisonment around.

You always have to try to move forward with a positive connotation in the future.

Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.

It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.

Compromise has a negative connotation.

The mistake we make is to turn upon our past with angry wholesale negation.

… The way of wisdom is to treat it airily, lightly, wantonly, and in a spirit of poetry; and above all to use its symbols, which are its spiritual essence, giving them a new connotation, a fresh meaning.

Being blond is definitely a different state of mind.

I can't really put my finger on it, but the artifice of being blond has some incredible sort of sexual connotation.

I think sometimes there are negative connotations for those who have a business mind as well as a creative side.

The word feminism has negative connotations for men.

Rather, we are wanting to celebrate females and their confidence. There is no political agenda behind my work. I'm just trying to make music that makes me feel good and confident. We've got a cool message.

There's a lot of real unity - and a lot fake unity, sadly.

I think a lot of people are going to get an opportunity to pursue greatness and pursue careers outside of D.C. Not everybody is going to make it. I think there's a connotation that there's a lack of rappers out there.

It's a pity that there's such a negative connotation about paying for sex.

I like a narrative, even if it's fractured, or kind of psychedelic.

But my favorite thing is if I hear words and I close my eyes and the connotations or the image I get in my head, combine with the sound of them - sometimes phonetics. I'm just stringing those together.

Yazoo is the name of an old blues label and also a town in America.

I like it because it doesn't mean a thing, it has no immediate connotations. That's what I hate about so many names today - they're so obviously fashionable.

I think the most dangerous word in the English language is 'should.

' 'I should have done this.' Or 'I should do that.' 'Should' implies responsibility. It connotes demand. Which is just not the case. Life ebbs and flows.

To me, the term 'middle-class' connotes a safe, comfortable, middle-of-the road policy. Above all, our language is 'middle-class' in the middle of our road. To drive it to one side or the other or even off the road, is the noblest task of the future.

The word religion has such bad connotations for me, that it's been responsible for wars, and it shouldn't be that way at all, it's just the way the meaning of the word has evolved to me. I have to wonder what we did on this planet before religion.

Every man's first declaration of love is bathos--the zenith of his passion connoting perhaps the nadir of his intelligence.

Women are not ladies. The term connotates females who are simultaneously put on a pedestal and patronized.

Although, this is often used with negative connotations, I see ideology as an inherent part of culture.

Sure, finishing last has negative connotations.

But finishing second-to-last or last is still losing.

I wouldn't go so far as to say I am a feminist, that can come off as a negative connotation. But I am a strong female.

To each individual the world will take on a different connotation of meaning-the important lies in the desire to search for an answer.

People who use LSD today know how to use it.

Therefore, I hope that the health authorities will get the insight that LSD, if it is used properly, is not a dangerous drug. We actually should not refer to it as drug; this word has a very bad connotation. We should use another name.

Only brand names register in the mind.

.. What you should generally do is take a regular word and use it out of context to connote the primary attribute of your brand.

There is absolutely no difference between religion and politics at all in Jesus' time. In other words, every seemingly religious word that came out of Jesus' mouth had very clear and unmistakable political connotations to it.

The term girl not only serves to avoid certain anxiety-arousing connotations inherent in the word woman regarding aggression, sexuality, and reproduction, it also serves to impart a tone of frivolousness and lack of seriousness to ambitious, intellectual, and competitive striving that women may pursue.

Rapper, just puts so much connotation on who you are and what is exposed.

Even if a lot of it is out-dated, people still bring a lot to it.