Raquel Welch reveals conservative views on sexuality, relationships

Updated: Apr 29, 2011, 10:57 AM IST

Washington: Actress Raquel Welch, who is a former pinup girl, has revealed she has conservative views on sex, women and the current state of our culture.

In her book, ‘Beyond the Cleavage’, which recently came out in paperback, and which is part memoir part advice tome, Welch, 70, is incredibly honest about her shortcomings as a mother.

And in an interview she laments the “vulgar approach to women today” in society.

“I think there’s too much homage being paid to pole dancers, let’s put it that way,” PopEater.com quoted her as saying.

She also talks about being shunned by the feminist community in the ‘70s, the humility that her Christian faith has brought to her, and her conservative views on sexuality and relationships.

“Yes, I am. I guess you could call it conservative. I think there is a lost art to being a woman,” she said.

“It’s not like I feel I’m perfect in any way. In fact it’s the opposite because of my mistakes. Like having children very early and getting swept up in romantic ideals and physical attraction to my first husband.

“I mean I was desperately in love with him but we couldn’t make a life together but I already had two children in tow and I couldn’t stop myself from wanting to pursue a career and I felt like if I didn’t I would carry a resentment my whole life for not having followed my impulses.

“That’s a common thing. Success had to come with great sacrifices. Later I had to acknowledge that there was a price to pay that not only I had to pay but my children had to pay and that was a bitter pill when it came along.

“I had to realize I had a lot of making retribution and making things better and healing old wounds and compensating in a sense and trying to make some of this stuff right because I simply wasn’t there many times when those little children needed me.

“But I told myself at the time that I was being a creature of that period that I was doing exactly what a woman of my day did,” she stated.

ANI