Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Allure of Schoolgirls


The Allure of Schoolgirls (2017)

The Allure of Schoolgirls: A Cameraless Documentary (2017) chronicles man's fascination with schoolgirls as shown in literature, films, plays, television, music, and the advertising industry. Parts 1 through 6 can be viewed here and part 7 is coming soon. 

Famous Ephebophile: James Franco - On and Off the Screen


[UPDATE 2/18/18] When I first wrote this post, I didn't include a review of Franco's Actors Anonymous, because an Amazon review led me to believe that the novel didn't contain any ephebophilia, but a recent post on the Daily Mail proved me very wrong. 

1. By page 43, the protagonist took an acting class on Lankershim Boulevard in LA where he participated in an improvisation scene from Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago.

“So, last night, how’d it go? […] “Don’t bullshit,” he said.
“No bullshit.”
“So tell me. And no bullshit.”
“So tits like melons, no bullshit.”
 “No shit?”
“No shit, and an ass – momma.”
“A momma ass?”
“No, an ass like butter. An ass like candy.”
“An ass like that?
“An ass like an onion, bring a tear to your eye.”
“Like…”
“Like eighteen […] Sheeeit, you think she’s a virgin? […] Little slut, hungh?”

2. It’s mentioned on page 51 that it’s usually no fun to be the actor, director and writer of a film unless you’re Charlie Chaplin or Woody Allen.

Joyce Milton shared in her book, Tramp: The Life of Charlie Chaplin, that Chaplin acknowledged: “I had a violent crush on a girl only ten or twelve. I have always been in love with young girls [...]” In addition, Milton clarified that Chaplin developed a crush on twelve-year-old Maybelle Fournier, he met Mildred Harris when she was fourteen-years-old, and impregnated her when she was sixteen. Furthermore, he was smitten with fifteen-year-old Hetty Kelly, and impregnated Lillita Grey when she was fifteen-years-old - allegedly before they were married.

And the 33-page decision from the presiding judge in the case between Mia Farrow and Woody Allen revealed that in 1990, nineteen-year-old Soon-Yi asked fifty-five-year-old Allen, her adopted step-father, if she could attend a New York Knicks' basketball game with him at Madison Square Garden. Soon-Yi "opened up" to Woody (no pun intended) after attending several basketball games and in 1991, after she had enrolled in Drew College in Madison, New Jersey, Allen and Soon-Yi began speaking regularly on the phone. And in January of 1992, Farrow found six graphically nude photographs (e.g., "legs spread apart") of Soon-Yi on a mantelpiece in Allen's apartment. Subsequently, Allen married Soon-Yi.

3. The perils of fame are often mentioned in the book. For example: “[…] I’m like Santa Claus: Everyone needs a picture siting on my knee. The ones I don’t mind are the young pretty ones.” (52)

4. The protagonist had sex with a drunk and unconscious girl in her Ohio University dorm room, but despite the fact that she was a college coed, she was described as: “[…] a little blond girl, pretty cute.” (60) Freshman?

5. The famous ephebophile Charlie Chaplin was mentioned again: “My stare was the stare of an uncompromising carnivore that saw her young flesh as food; like Chaplin’s companion in The Gold Rush who is transformed […] into the Platonic form of the Female, a pinup bent-over in a tingly blue G-string. She was only eleven, but I never broke my vampiric stare as I went through our moves with the other zombies.” (104)

6. It’s shared in the novel that: “Errol Flynn once owned a Gaugin painting, but he had to sell it when he became dissolute and was two million in debt […]” (157)

Beverly Aadland’s mother wrote in her book The Beautiful Pervert: “My Beverly was only fifteen and still a virgin when she met [forty-eight-year-old] Errol Flynn. A few hours later, she was still fifteen…but she wasn’t a virgin anymore.” Beverly went on to co-star with Flynn in Cuban Rebel Girls (1959).

And Nancy Mowll Mathews related in Paul Gauguin: An Erotic Life that thirteen-year-old Teha’amana was offered to Gauguin by her mother and that: "[...] Western tourists were commonly offered young girls, usually by the girl's parents, to serve as companions [...]" and that Gauguin had a "[...] genuine delight at having an adolescent lover [...]".

7. The Actor had a beautiful girlfriend, but that didn’t prevent him from having: “[…] an uncontrollable need to fuck every young thing he could. In France that summer, he fucked.” (181) At least one “young thing” is elaborated upon: “[…] there was something nice about fooling around with her young body and having her say things like “You’re fucking the mayor’s daughter” over and over […]” (186)

8. The Villain shared: “[…] I was in Paris sleeping with college girls literally half my age, but underneath I have a good heart. Just as The Actor had a good heart.” (191)

9. The ephebophile shared his technique for procuring young girls: “One of my favorite approaches was to ask the young girls that requested to take a photo with me to email me a copy of the photo; that way I can give them my info very quickly in front of a crowd of fans and later work out a way to see them.” (213)

10. Kim was carried out by two orderlies, “grunting and thrashing”, but, inadvertently, her “flat young chest was exposed for all to see.” (225)

11. Seventeen-year-old Cent, the star of “Day’s End, a film about teenage vampires […] was screwing the thirty-eight-year-old producer, Mark Steely.” (266)

12. Lastly, The Actor had “a lifelong love of literature” that wasn’t shared by his father who didn’t care about The Actor’s: “[…] discovery of Dostoevsky’s Underground Man, or Raskolnikov, or Hamsun’s Hunger.”

Underground Man is the protagonist in Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground. In part two of the novella, forty-year-old Underground Man has a brief sexual relationship with Liza, a young prostitute. Underground Man met Liza in a brothel where she had been sold into prostitution by her family. 


Figure 1.

James Franco posted the pictures in figure 1 on his Instagram. The pictures are inviting Franco's fans to see a trailer for his new movie Palo Alto (2014), which is based on Franco's book. And as you can see from the pictures, Franco's character is a teacher and soccer coach "who gets too close to a teenage girl on his team".


James Franco and Lucy Clode Selfie (Figure 2)

In a classic case of art imitating life, Franco invited Lucy Clode, a Scottish teen, to a hotel rendezvous after he signed her autograph and took a selfie (Figure 2) with her outside of the Longacre Theatre after he starred in a performance of Of Mice and Men. Clode tagged Franco when she posted the selfie on Instagram, which allowed Franco to directly contact the 17-year-old.



This is how their conversation went:





As you can cull from the conversation, there were two sources of contention - Clode wanted to verify Franco's identity and (intially) she didn't want to meet him until after her 18th birthday; however, she decided that if she could unequivocally verify Franco's identity she would meet him at the hotel. 



This is the headline of an article posted on the Huffington Post -  So, Is James Franco's Use Of Instagram Innovative Film Promotion Or Just Kind Of Creepy? The Franco/Clode selfie and subsequent conversation may or may not have been to promote his film, but clearly the reporter, Lauren Duca, is middle-aged women who is, unsurprisingly, against age-discrepant relationships between ephebophiles and teleiophiles. In contrast, Franco got between 49,000 and 51,000 Likes, mostly from young women, for the pictures in figure 1. 



Lastly, it's not clear why Clode (initially) wanted to meet Franco after she turned 18, because the age of consent in Scotland is 16 and 17 in New York, which may explain why Franco didn't have an issue with inviting the nymphet to a hotel.


[Update 11\02\14]: What's James Franco's favorite book? You guessed it. He posted on Instagram that it's Nabokov's Lolita.




[Update 03/04/15]: This is a GIF from “Agent Provocateur” an episode of Law and Order: SVU  which was based on James Franco's encounter with Lucy Clode. Here's the episode's (partial) plot summary: A 15-year-old girl, answering a social media invitation, sneaks out to meet her movie star crush […]





Friday, February 9, 2018

Famous Ephebophile: Elite Model's John Casablancas



The February 5, 2018 New York magazine "Reread" section features a cover story about ephebophile John Casablancas, the founder of the Elite Model Management, that originally appeared in the January 25, 1988 issue.



The article shares one of Casablancas' techniques for procuring nymphet models, which is to target the teen model's low self-esteem:


“My rule of life is that I want to have a good time,” he told Prince. And also: “One afternoon, Casablancas calls Jeanna Cie, a seventeen-year-old model and pop singer, into his office to discuss her weight. He uses a strategy that he later suggests is sure-fire. ‘I explained to her how turned off I was by her,’ he says.”

Casablancas and Stephanie Seymour

Consequently, 41-year-old Casablancas had a two-year extramarital affair with Stephanie Seymour, a "ravishing" 15-year-old aspiring model:

The centerpiece of the story is his involvement with Stephanie Seymour, whom he’d discovered via a contest at a shopping center in San Diego. 

He’d actually noticed her mother first—“absolutely ravishing,” he says—and then homed in on her daughter, who was 15 years old at the time. (He was 41.) 

Over the next year, he brought Seymour to Acapulco for the final round of that contest, then to New York. By the time of Prince’s story, he had begun and ended a two-year extramarital affair with her. And his description of looking at Seymour is downright chilling. 

“She is a girl of extremes,” he told Prince. “And the way she developed—there’s a quality that developed about her that is this incredible sensuality that a woman-child has, a true woman-child … her voice is a child’s, her attitudes, the way she holds her feet and her hands are those of a child, at the same time with an incredible sensuality to it. And that mixture was and is so explosive … This was something like a forbidden fruit for both of us.”

Seymour described their relationship quite warmly in the story, and stayed with the agency thereafter; in 2017, she still spoke well of him, telling the Post, “He was my first love, my first boyfriend, my first everything.” 

Casablancas & Aline Wermelinge

Unsurprisingly, Seymour wasn't Casablancas' only nymphet:

Casablancas remained at Elite until 2000, leaving after a BBC exposé about drug use and exploitative behavior at modeling agencies tarnished the company’s reputation. He moved from New York to Rio that year, by which time he’d married [at the age of 51] his third wife, a 17-year-old [Aline Wermelinger].


Sunday, February 4, 2018

THE DAILY MAIL: Ephebophilia in the UK News

Just like Lifetime and their movies and NBC's Law & Order: SVU, The Daily Mail benefits from ephebophilia. If The Daily Mail isn't writing about sexualized teen models, almost daily, pun intended, there's a post about nympholepsy. In addition to our recent post about Dane Cook and his nymphet, below are some recent screenshots from The Daily Mail's app:





Sunday, January 28, 2018

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE: Chucky Lee Byrd, The Poet of Teen [Nymphet] Love



The subtitle on Saturday Night Live’s YouTube channel from last night’s (S43E12) "Chucky Lee Byrd" skit reads: “The songs of Chucky Lee Byrd (Will Ferrell) have a disturbing theme.”

In the skit, the “incomparable” Chucky Lee Byrd, The Poet of Teen Love, sings “gems” and “hits” from his five-disc boxset that “[…] will bring you back to a simpler time in music. A time of innocence [and] purity."

Here’s a list of songs with some lyrics from the A-side:

“Beauty Queen”: “She’s my little beauty queen. And she’s only seventeen. But she’s my beautiful – beautiful beauty queen.”

Candy Baby”: “And she’s sugar, sweet and clean. What should I get her for her sweet sixteen?”

“Farmer Girl”: “She grows corn. She grows beans. Her daddy hates me, ‘cause she’s only fourteen. Fourteen. Fourteen. That’s her age. She’s fourteen”

“My New T-Bird”: “She purrs so fine. She’s fresh off the line. I wanna make her mine. And this song is about a girl who’s thirteen. A thirteen. OK, she’s twelve.”

Here’s a list of songs on the B-side:
  1. “Cruising in My Windowless Van”
  2. “Girl Scout Cookie”
  3. “I Left My Heart Across State Lines”
  4. “Simple Girl from Across the Street”
  5. “Our Love Is a Crime”
  6. “First Day of School … Ever!”
  7. “Baby You Can Drive My Car If I’m In the Passenger Seat Because You Only Have a Permit”
  8. One and One Equals Eleven”

A number of people wrote in the comments that Chucky Lee Bird is an allusion to Jerry Lee Lewis who married Myra, his thirteen-year-old cousin.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

Famous Ephebophile: Dane Cook


Ross McDonagh posted on the Daily Mail that: "Dane Cook, 45, has been dating 19-year-old singer/actress Kelsi Taylor for the best part of a year.

Apparently, the age-gap pair have been dating since the nymphet was 18: "[...] Each of their Instagram accounts is filled with cosy shots of the two travelling the world as well as hanging out locally in LA. They shared shots form Christmas, Thanksgiving, and even the teenager's 19th birthday party in October."


Arguably, Cook is more famous for his stand-up comedy than his acting. 

Interestingly, Taylor starred in Beach Seasons (2014). Here's the IMDb plot summary for Oivind Naess' short film: "A shy 14-year-old girl (Kelsi Taylor) with a crush on her fitness coach must compete with her older sister for his attention."



Beach Seasons Trailer from Oivind Naess on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

[UPDATE] MARGARET (2011): A High School Student Performs Oral Sex on Teacher




The current issue of the New Yorker (Jan. 8, 2018) has a review of Margaret (2011). The review mentioned that the film is: "[...] romantic yet scathing, lyrical with street life and vaulting skylines, reckless with first adventure, and awed by the intellectual and poetic abstractions on which the great machine runs." And that the film: "[...] stars Anna Paquin as Lisa Cohen, a headstrong private-school teen-ager [...]" However, the review strangely failed to mention that Lisa was an aggressive teleiophile. Below is my original May 8, 2013 post:


I wrote in The Allure of Nymphets that nymphets do not want to be treated like children, and they do not want ephebophiles to act like children. 

For example, in the film Margaret (2011), high school student Lisa (Anna Paquin) went to visit Mr. Aaron (Matt Damon), her high school teacher, at his Manhattan sublet to get advice, because she: "[...] didn't have anyone else to talk to." 

However, Mr. Aaron became distraught after Lisa performed oral sex on him, but Lisa was unsympathetic. 

She said, “Don’t worry. I’m not going to tell anybody. If that’s what you’re worried about. I totally initiated the whole thing. Anyway it’s just sex. You’re acting like a little kid. I’ll see you in [high] school.” 

The portrayal of Lisa as a sexually aggressive high school student is an accurate one; thus, Mr. Aaron should have been just as aggressive in rejecting her advances.





Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The MET Refuses to Remove Balthus' Nymphet "Art"

Balthus' “Thérèse Dreaming” (1938) @ The MET
I wrote in Nymphalis carmen: Nympholepsy in Nabokov’s Oeuvre that Nabokov shared in Strong Opinions: "A contemporary artist I do admire very much, though not only because he paints Lolita-like creatures, is Balthus." (167) And Balthus shared in Balthus the Painter (1996), in reference to Nabokov: “I think we feel the same thing in the presence of young girls.”

We've done a number of posts on this blog about the debate between art and (teen) pornography.  Coincidentally, Peter Libbey reported in the New York Times that, despite over 8,000 virtual signatures on an online petition, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET), is refusing to remove Balthus' “Thérèse Dreaming” (1938) where a nymphet reclines with her hands behind her head with her left foot resting on the chair, which causes her panties to be exposed below her petite jupe.

According to the petition's website: "The Met is, perhaps unintentionally, supporting voyeurism and the objectification of children." And Mia Merrill, the petition’s author, opined that the painting is: "[...] blatant objectification and sexualization of a child [...]"

However,  Ken Weine, the MET’s chief communications officer, responded: “[...] visual art is one of the most significant means we have for reflecting on both the past and the present and encouraging the continuing evolution of existing culture through informed discussion and respect for creative expression.” 

 

Peter Schjeldahl wrote in The New Yorker (Jan. 1, 2018): Thérèse was the daughter of a [...] a neighbor of Balthus's in Paris. At the time, she was twelve or thirteen years old, and Balthus was about thirty. He had been making paintings of her since she was around eleven [...]" 

Schjeldahl opined that the painting has an "erotic charge" and, as a side note, related that Balthus: "[...] had an affair with a teen-age daughter of Georges Bataille."

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Netflix's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt": A Nymphet & Her Ophthalmologist Boyfriend Who Hates His Wife

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a Netflix comedy created by Tina Fey. 

On the second episode of the premier season, "Kimmy Gets a Job!" (2015), fifteen-year-old Xanthippe Voorhees and her friend Simone were playing "vodka shotzee" when Simone got alcohol poisoning. 

Xanthippe warned that they couldn't have Simone's stomach pumped at the hospital, because Simone's dad is running for Congress. Consequently. Kimmy made a vomit inducing concoction but advised that Simone see a doctor to which Xanthippe replied: 

"Her boyfriend's an ophthalmologist, but he's on vacation with his wife."

Later, Simone shared: "You guys, I was showering with Dr. Jerry and he told me he hates his wife."
Xanthippe replied: "You're so lucky!"

Then Xanthippe shared that she had sex with a blond surfer on a California beach while visiting her grandparents to which Simone shared: "I have sex when I visit my grandparents too."



Sunday, November 26, 2017

BLIND FAITH & VIRGIN KILLER: Nude [Pre-Teen] Nymphets on Albums Covers

 
Blind Faith & Virgin Killer: [Censored] Album Covers

Blind Faith (1969) is a certified platinum album by the English band Blind Faith. Unsurprisingly, the album cover sparked controversy due to the topless nymphet who is holding a very phallic toy (airplane). The cover was designed by photographer Bob Seidemann - Eric Clapton's friend and former roommate.

Per Feelnumb, here's Seidemann's rationale for the concept:

“I could not get my hands on the image until out of the mist a concept began to emerge. To symbolize the achievement of human creativity and its expression through technology a space ship was the material object. To carry this new spore into the universe, innocence would be the ideal bearer, a young girl, a girl as young as Shakespeare’s Juliet. The space ship would be the fruit of the tree of knowledge and the girl, the fruit of the tree of life.”

“The space ship could be made by Mick Milligan, a jeweler at the Royal College of Art. The girl was another matter. If she were too old it would be cheesecake, too young and it would be nothing. The beginning of the transition from girl to woman, that is what I was after. That temporal point, that singular flare of radiant innocence. Where is that girl?”

Initially, Seidermann planned to use a fourteen-year-old Brit but was smitten by Mariora Goschen, her eleven-year-old sister.

Unsurprisingly, the album was released with a different cover in the US.
 
*****

The eleven-year-old nude nymphet on the album cover of the Scorpion's Virgin Killer (1976) was designed by Steffan Böhle - the product manager for the West German branch of RCA Records. 

Here's an excerpt from an interview on Blabbermouth with Scorpions' guitarist Rudolf Schenker:

Blasting-Zone.com: In hindsight, do you regret releasing the album Virgin Killer with the original uncensored cover?

Rudolf: "No. .We didn't actually have the idea. It was the record company. The record company guys were like, 'Even if we have to go to jail, there's no question that we'll release that.' 


Once again, unsurprisingly, the album was released with a different cover in the US.



Saturday, November 18, 2017

I LOVE YOU DADDY (2017): A Nymphet's Affair with an "Aging Filmmaker"


Variety posted: "The release of Louis C.K.’s new film “I Love You, Daddy” has been scrapped in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations levied against the comedian.

“The Orchard will not be moving forward with the release of ‘I Love You, Daddy,'” the indie film company announced in a terse statement on Friday morning.

The New York Times published a bombshell report [...] in which five women accused the comic of sexual misconduct. They claim that he pressured them to watch or listen as he masturbated."

And Deadline posted: "In the wake of The Orchard scrapping the domestic release of Louis C.K.’s I Love You, Daddy amid the sexual misconduct scandal that surrounds the comedian, overseas distributors are following suit. The Orchard has confirmed to Deadline that all of its international distribution partners are canceling their releases."

Here's IMDb plot summary for I Love You, Daddy (2017):

When a successful television writer's [seventeen-year-old] daughter becomes the interest of an aging filmmaker with an appalling past, he becomes worried about how to handle the situation. 

C.K. directed the film and wrote the script. Consequently, the most we may be able to see of the age-gap film is the trailer.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Update [WTF] High School Summer Reading List: Nymphet Rape Motif


This is an actual summer reading list from a Manhattan high school, which is located in the Riffs' old neighborhood near the Drummond's street. 

Over a third of the students are white, 15% are Asian and according to Great Schools: "This school is rated above average in school quality compared to other schools in the state." 

It's what we would call a public\private school since only 10% of the African-American students were submitted after a review of their applications.

We could have written this post about any of the books on the summer reading list except for maybe Jay Z's Decoded. For example, in Junot Diaz's, Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Ana Obregon is, " [...] a pretty loudmouthed gordita who read Henry Miller [e.g. Sexus] while she should have been learning to wrestle logic problems."
 
Thirteen-year-old Ana was introduced to Henry Miller by her twenty-four-year-old boyfriend before he left the east coast to join the military. "He used to read passages to her all the time: That made me so hot," she said.


However, Ellis' Less Than Zero peaked our interest based on the teacher's disclaimer: "Note that this novel contains some disturbing content, including rape and drug use.)

But we never would have imaged that there was not one, not two, not three but four nymphets who were raped in the novel!

Eighteen-year-old Clay, the novel's protagonist, who is visiting his hometown of Los Angeles during a winter break from his east coast college, attends a party in Malibu where: 

Everyone in the room is looking up at a large television screen [...] There's a young girl, nude, maybe fifteen, on a bed, her arms are tied together above her head and her legs spread apart, each foot tied to a bedpost [...] The camera cuts quickly to [...] this fat black guy, who's also naked and who's got this huge hardon [...] he has sex with the girl and then walks off the screen.

It's a snuff film, but the viewers at the party debate whether or not the Black man really killed the nymphet with "an ice pick, and what looks like a wire hanger and a package of nails and then a thin, large knife".

After Clay visits Daniel's house, Daniels tells Clay about a girl he knows but he doesn't share her name:

"She's pretty and sixteen and [...] she goes to Westward Ho on Westwood Boulevard and she meets her dealer there [...] And this guy spends all day shooting her full of smack again and again..."
"And then he feeds her some acid and takes her off to a party in the hills or in the Colony and then...and then..." Daniel stops.
"And then what?" I ask, handing him back the joint.
"And then she gets gangbanged by the entire party."

Subsequently, Clay describes a visit: 

"[...] to Rip's apartment in Wilshire, he leads us into the bedroom. There's a naked girl, really young and pretty, lying on the mattress. Her legs are spread and tied to the bedposts and her arms are tied above her head. Her cunt is all rashed and looks dry and I can see that it's been shaved. She keeps moaning and murmuring words and moving her head from side to side [...]"
Rip says something.
"She's twelve."
"And she is tight, man,"Spin laughs. 
"Her name is Shandra and she goes to Corvalis" is all Rips says.

Clay declines to have sex with the nymphet but her later shared:

"A young girl from San Diego who had been at the party [in Palm Springs on the desert with kids from L.A and San Francisco and Sacramento] had been found the next morning, her wrists and ankles tied together. She had been raped repeatedly. She also had been strangled and her throat had been slit and her breasts had been cut off and someone had stuck candles where they used to be. Her body had been found at the Sun Air Drive-In hanging upside down from the swing set [...]"


Interestingly, Clay's blond younger sisters (approximately thirteen and fifteen) enjoy listening to "Teenage Enema Nurses in Bondage" by Killer Pussy, at least the younger nymphet does cocaine, and both nymphets watch porn with the sound off but one of them "hates it when they show the guy coming".

Here's an excerpt from the lyrics to "Teenage Enema Nurses in Bondage":

Teenage, green age, awkward in-between age
(Teenage enema nurse)
I turned fifteen, thought it was a teen scene
(Teenage enema nurse)
Thought it would be easy, but it makes me queasy
I'm a teenage enema nurse


They told me, "Stick the nozzle in
There's really nothing to it
It's not a very pretty job

But someone's got to do it"
 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

[Update] Harrower's BLACKBIRD: A Nymphet's Affair with a Neighbor

A Play by David Harrower


David Harrower's one-act play Blackbird was inspired by U.S. Marine Toby Studebaker's relationship with Shevaun Pennington, a twelve-year-old British girl. 

Studebaker met Pennington in 2002 on Neopets, a virtual pet community. Pennington was eleven-years-old, but she told Studebaker that she was seventeen. Pennington told her parents that she was going shopping, but she failed to inform them that she was going with Studebaker and that the store was located in Paris. Studebaker and Pennington stayed in a Parisian hotel for two days before relocating to Strasbourg were Studebaker was arrested

In the play, Ray gets a surprise visit from Una. During the visit they discuss their age-discrepant relationship that began fifteen years earlier after Una's father invited Ray to a backyard barbecue when Ray was forty and Una was twelve

Una initiated the relationship by flirting, hanging around Ray's car, and leaving notes under the windshield wipers. Even Ray's girlfriend noticed that Una was "after" Ray. 

Una confessed, "I'd done anything you said. I wanted you to be my boyfriend. I wanted to sit beside you in your car and be driven into town. And for people to see me. See us. I took a Polaroid of you and with my friend we kissed it we put it on my pillow and slept beside it. And I [used] any excuse. Brought you cookies and brownies that my mother made. Asked you to sponsor me for a walk-a-thon. I oh I was shameless."  

However, Una went on to blame Ray for the affair that led to his imprisonment. "You didn't stop that. All you had to do was tell my parents. A stupid girl who had a stupid crush. But you didn't. You let it start." By "let it start", Una was referring to the time she summoned Ray into the park bushes where they subsequently fondled and made love several times. 

The relationship ended after Ray and Una "got a room at a guest house" where they had sex, twice, on a twin bed. Ray left for cigarettes, but after he took longer than expected to return, Una searched for him, but that quest exposed their affair to her parents after she was discovered by a couple walking their dog. 


Jeff Daniels played Ray in a 2007 Manhattan Theater Club production of Blackbird and Daniels will reprised the role in a 2016 Broadway revival at the Belasco Theatre. 



Una (2017), a close adaption of the play, starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn, has been released. Here's IMDb's plot summary: A woman confronts an older man, her former neighbor, to find out why he abandoned her after they had a sexual relationship when she was thirteen.