Norma Jeane: the Sad, Bitter Girl Behind Marilyn


Marilyn Monroe could have been one of the mothers of the #MeToo movement; she was sexually attacked at least twice as a child, once at age 8, again at age 11, in neither case did her foster parents believe her and, when she was 8 and ran to tell her foster-mother what he just did to her, her foster mother slapped her and yelled, “I don’t believe you! Don’t you dare say such things about that nice man!”
Every time she was abused, she was the one who was removed from the home, not the predator. She soon developed a stammer that earned her the cruel nickname “Mmm Mmm” from other children; she learned to control her stammer, but could never rid herself of it. She likely was brutalized and bullied sexually as she built her career. It speaks volumes that she herself, a “sex symbol”, hated sex and seldom experienced orgasm.

Her abuser(s) were the main financial support during the Depression years, but even so how could her foster parents think that receiving financial support from a depraved sex predator was more important than protecting her innocence?

Norma Jeane/Marilyn later wrote, “This sad, bitter child who grew up too fast, is hardly ever out of my heart. With success all around me, I can still feel her scared eyes looking out of mine. She keeps saying, ‘I never lived, I never loved,’ and often I get confused and think it’s I who am saying it.”
That the man who attacked her when she was 8 years of age even paid her to keep her silence says a lot; Norma Jeane refused his money and she later said, “Hollywood is a place where they pay $1000 for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.”

Marilyn also said,  “People had a habit of looking at me as if I were some kind of mirror instead of a person. They didn’t see me, they saw their own lewd thoughts, then they white-masked themselves by calling me the lewd one.”

Banner, Lois (2012). Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox. Bloomsbury. pp. 40–59, 54–73, 62–63, 455;

Churchwell, Sarah (2004). The Many Lives of Marilyn Monroe. Granta Books. pp. 166–173;

Spoto, Donald (2001). Marilyn Monroe: The Biography. Cooper Square Press. pp. 33–40, 49-50;

Steinem, Gloria; Barris, George (1987). Marilyn. Victor Gollancz Ltd.  pp. 37-39, 87, 202……

this post brings attention to the fact that her persona and breathy speech evoke a sexualized child:…

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