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The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

Sexuality and Sexual Identity Quotes

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Quote #4

All the men got they eyes glued to Shug’s bosom. I got my eyes glued there too. I feel my nipples harden under my dress. My little button sort of perk up too. Shug, I say to her in my mind, Girl, you looks like a real good time, the Good Lord knows you do. (36.26)

Though Celie compares herself to males in that she’s attracted to Shug, Walker makes it clear that Celie is in no ways masculine. Celie is sexually excited by Shug in ways very specific to females.

Quote #5

She say, I love you, Miss Celie. And then she haul off and kiss me on the mouth. Um, she say, like she surprise. I kiss her back, say, um, too. Us kiss and kiss till us can’t hardly kiss no more. Then us touch each other.

I don’t know nothing bout it, I say to Shug.

I don’t know much, she say.

Then I feels something real soft and wet on my breast, feel like one of my little lost babies mouth.

Way after while, I act like a little lost baby too. (47.16-21)

Celie’s only experience with sexual pleasure is with Shug. Not only is she attracted to Shug, but their interest and care for each other is mutual.

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