Wednesday, February 10, 2016

[Update] Famous Ephebophile: Woody Allen "The Best Thing is Blonde 12-Year-Old Girls."

Love and Death (1975): "...the best thing is blonde twelve-year-old girls."

If a novelist or writer or any artist makes art that expresses the attraction between teenage girls and older men, is that indicative of their own personal desires and/or does it express an event they may have occurred previously in their lives? For example, was Nabokov an active ephebophile and did Tatiana von Furstenberg have an affair with a married man while she was at boarding school? Let us take a look at Woody Allen for a possible clue to the answer. 

Woody Allen has written and/or directed in at least five films that contained age-discrepant relationships. Those films are: 

And in Love and Death (1975)  ninety-year-old Father Andre, the “Holiest of Holies, Ancient and Wise” shared, “I have lived many years. And after many trials and tribulations. I have come to [the] conclusion that the best thing is blonde twelve-year-old girls. Two of them, whenever possible.”

Manhattan (1979) – forty-two-year-old Isaac (Woody Allen), a comedy writer and aspiring novelist, ends his affair with a seventeen-year-old high school student (Mariel Hemingway) to be with an older woman (Diane Keaton), only to regret it later. 

Stacey Nelkin related in 2011 on The Howard Stern Show that Manhattan was based on her relationship with Allen that began after they met on the set of Annie Hall. Nelkin was a seventeen-year-old student at the pretigious Stuyvesant high school in Manhattan and Allen was fourty-two. Allen confirmed in a 2014 Op-Ed piece in the New York Times that he and Nelkin did have a relationship. 

Manhattan (1979)

Husbands and Wives (1992) - Gabe Roth (Woody Allen), a literature professor, begins a relationship with one of his students (Juliette Lewis) after she read and praised the manuscript of his new novel.  However, prior to taking Roth’s class, Rain had previous relationships with three much older men: her father’s close friend, her father’s business partner, and her analyst.  

Deconstructing Harry (1997) - Writer Harry Block (Woody Allen) drives a prostitute, a friend, and his kidnapped son, to his former university to receive an honorary degree. One of the sub-plots involves Harry's relationship with Fay (Elisabeth Shue), a young fan who turns into a follower, then a pupil - Eliza Doolittle style, and finally into a roommate. Despite warning Fay to avoid falling in love with him and confessing his intention to “fuck” her before moving on to the next fan, Harry fell in love with Fay and was distraught to learn that she got engaged to Larry (Billy Crystal), Harry’s “alleged” friend.

Whatever Works (2009) - Boris Yellnikoff (Larry David), a middle-aged Professor of Quantum Mechanics at Columbia University, reluctantly marries Melodie Saint Ann Celestine (Evan Rachel Wood), a young runaway from Mississippi.

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) - Alfie (Anthony Hopkins), an elderly man, leaves his wife to marry a young call girl, while Roy (Josh Brolin), a middle-aged novelist, becomes engrossed by Dia (Freida Pinto) a beautiful young woman,  while desperately trying to get his second book published.

In Irrational Man (2015) Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix), a philosophy professor at Braylin, finds himself in a life crisis, but he gains a new purpose in life after he begins a relationship with one of his students, Jill Pollard (Emma Stone) and becomes a one-man vigilante. 

As you can see, some of Woody's work fulfills the request of almost every movie executive, which is, “Give me the same thing, only different.” Yet, up until the filming of Husbands and Wives, there was only speculation about Woody’s intentions, but they became clear when his wife, Mia Farrow, found nude pictures of her adopted daughter, Soon Yi Previn, in Woody’s bedroom that was taken some time before Soon Yi’s 19th birthday. Thus, Woody is a great example of (his) art imitating (his) life. 

Dylan Farrow and Woody Allen

In addition, in 1992 Allen was accused by Dylan Farrow, his adopted daughter, and Mia Farrow of molesting Dylan when she was two and seven-years-old. 

Here are some low-lights from the 33-page decision from the presiding judge in the case:

When Allen met Farrow she had three biological and three adopted children. One of whom was ten-year-old Soon-Yi. Allen and Farrow met in 1980 and "[u]ntil 1985, Mr. Allen...viewed her children as an encumbrance. He had no involvement with them." Allen even had a separate residence on the opposite side of Manhattan.After unsuccessfully trying to have a child together, Allen allowed Farrow to adopt Dylan, a newborn, in 1985.

Eventually, Woody warmed up to Dylan; however, according to Dylan and Farrow, Woody warmed up to Dylan too much. For example, when Dylan was 2-years-old, Farrow told Allen "...[you] look at her in a sexual way. You fondled her...You're all over her. You look at her when she's naked."

Then in 1990, 19-year-old Soon-Yi asked Woody 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 enrolled in Drew College in Madison, New Jersey, Allen and Soon-Yi began speaking regularly on the phone.

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Allen, Farrow and Soon-Yi

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. 

Needless to say, Farrow was distraught over Allen and her (adopted) daughter's affair. 

Very interestingly, Farrow is no stranger to age-discrepant relationships. For example, according to J. Randy Taraborrelli's Sinatra: Behind the Legend, nineteen-year-old Mia Farrow lost her virginity to forty-eight-year-old Frank Sinatra at his ultra-modern glass and metal house in Palm Springs after their flight on a private jet. “They had dinner on the terrace, served by an army of servants, and then he swept her into his bedroom.” Farrow described the night as “magical”. 

And a November 2013 Vanity Fair article related that subsequent to her marriage to Sinatra and prior to her marriage to Allen, Farrow married composer-conductor André Previn. Previn and Farrow had three sons and adopted three underprivileged Asian daughters. (You guessed it. Soon-Yi Previn was one of the adopted daughters.) But what you may not have guessed it that Previn and Farrow were the inspiration for the song “Beware of Young Girls” that was written by Dory Previn. (You guessed it. Dory was André’s ex-wife.) Previn and twenty-three-year-old Farrow started an affair while Previn was conducting the London Symphony Orchestra and Farrow was filming A Dandy in Aspic. Dory separated from André after she discovered that Farrow was pregnant with André’s child. Consequently, according to The Independent, Dory was institutionalized with severe mental illness prior to composing “Beware of Young Girls”.

Subsequently, Allen and Soon-Yi adopted Bechet Dumaine Allen and Manzie Tio Allen. I won't comment on the adoption or the picture below, but based on Allen's record, one would be not surprised if "something" came out of the adoption(s). 

Allen with Bechet and Manzie in Beverly Hills (2012)

The Daily Mail revealed that Allen is friends with another famous ephebophile, Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein and Allen were seen hugging, whispering, joking and laughing as they strolled to Epstein's $50 million Upper East Side of Manhattan town house.

Epstein, who is also friends with former president Bill Clinton and Britain's Prince Andrew, was accused in a civil suit of the following allegations:
  • he received three twelve-year-old French girls as a birthday present 
  • he had a fourteen-year-old “Balkan sex slave” that he procured from her family 
  • he had a fifteen-year-old sex toy named Virginia Roberts that he loaned to friends, and 
  • he paid forty, mostly underage girls, approximately $300 apiece to give him “messages” (i.e., hand jobs) at his second home in Palm Beach. 

Is it true that birds of a feather flock together?

Jeffrey Epstein, Woody Allen and Soon-Yi

Only God knows if Allen is a pedophile, but clearly he's an acting ephebophile. But we find it surprising that Allen didn't use his fame to marry a nymphet à la J.D. Salinger and Elvis instead of marrying his wife's (adopted) daughter.

Monday, February 8, 2016

[Update] Famous Ephebophile: Serge Gainsbourg

French songwriter, poet, artist, actor and director Serge Gainsbourg's famous age-discrepant relationship with Jane Birkin doesn't fit the strict definition of ephebophilia (Jane only looked like she was eighteen.) but their eighteen-year age difference is close enough to warrant a honorable mention. However, in 1966 Serge wrote “Les Sucettes [Enlgish: Lollipops]” for eighteen-year-old blonde songstress France Gall. The song is about Anna, a young girl who was in paradise every time that “stick slides down her throat”. Gall emphatically claimed, even after shooting the video, that she did not know that the song, which on the surface appeared to be a children's song, was about oral sex. However, the very phallic, approximately twelve inch, lollipop that she sucked on in the video should have been a clear clue as to the meaning of the song. Unsurprisingly, “Les Sucettes” was Gall's biggest hit.

In 1971 Serge released the ephebophilia themed French concept album, Histoire de Melody Nelson. The theme of the album explores an affair between Gainsbourg and nymphet Melody Nelson. The song “Melody” reveals that they met after Gainsbourg accidentally knocked Melody off her bike with his Rolls Royce. As Gainsbourg exited his “Silver Ghost from the nineteen hundreds” he noticed that “Melody Nelson has red hair\And it’s her natural colour.” and “Her skirt pulled over her white Knickers.”

In “Ballade de Melody Nelson” informs that Melody is fifteen-years-old “Fourteen autumns\And fifteen summers” Gainsbourg describes her as “... such a delicious child.” It is implied in “Hotel Particulier” that Gainsbourg and Melody made love in room forty-four, the Cleopatra room, of the private hotel 'While above us a mirror reflects our image\Slowly I embrace Melody.' The album concludes with “Cargo Culte” and the conclusion of their age-discrepant relationship with Gainsbourg hoping for a miracle 'That would bring me Melody back\Juvenile girl veered off the disastrous attraction.'

The February 2010 French edition of Rolling Stone magazine ranked Histoire de Melody Nelson the 4th finest French language rock recording of all time.

In 1985 “Lemon Incest” was released on the Gainsbourg's album Love on the Beat. The duet, which was written by Gainsbourg, was performed with Charlotte, his twelve-year-old daughter. The song was controversial because it contained lyrics with ephebophile and teleiophile themes and was accused of promoting and (incorrectly) pedophilia. And it did not help that in the music video the father and daughter frolicked in bed while Gainsbourg was topless and Charlotte was in panties. Despite it's controversial aspects the song reached number 2 on the French charts.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Russian Nymphets and Bunin's DARK AVENUES: The Most Read Short Stories in Russia

Dark Avenues is a volume of short yet dark and erotic love stories by a Nobel Prize-winning author Ivan Bunin. In The Works by I.A. Bunin, Oleg Mikhailov wrote that Dark Avenues is "the only book in the history of Russian literature devoted entirely to the concept of love" and this classic of Russian literature is considered to be Bunin's magnum opus.

Considering the ephebophilia and nympholepsy in Dark Avenues it is interesting that Boyd wrote in Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years that since Nabokov’s “early youth” he “cherished” and “valued” Bunin. And Field shared in Nabokov, His Life in Art an excerpt from an article that Nabokov wrote in The Rudder (1929) about Bunin’s poetry “The poems of Bunin are the best that has been created by the Russian Muse for several decades…Every line of Bunin’s is worthy of being preserved.”

According Alma Classics, Dark Avenues, if not the most read, is one of the most read volumes of short stories in Russia.

In “Styopa”, Krasilshchikov, a young merchant and graduate from a university in Moscow, due to a “downpour” and “shaking thunderclaps”, led his horse into an inn “kept by the old widower Pronin.” The cook quit after a “row” with the widower before Pronin and the labourer “went off to the town on business”; therefore, Styopa, Pronin’s sixteen-year-old daughter, was left alone in the inn.

Styopa is described as having a “half-childish voice”, “black eyes and [a] swarthy little face.” In addition, Bunin wrote “The match was burning out, but he could still see her shyly little face, the coral necklace round her neck, her small breasts under the yellow cotton dress….She was hardly his height and almost a child.”

Krasilshchikov gave Styopa “a prolonged kiss on the lips, and his hands slid lower.” Styopa responded by pleading, “…papa will come back….Oh, you mustn’t!” Over half an hour later she went to sleep after they made love and awoke in the morning “with her unbuttoned dress and disheveled hair”.

After Krasilshchikov informed Styopa, “It’s time for me to go.” She pleaded, “[…] in the name of the heavenly father, marry me! I will be your lowest slave! I will sleep on your threshold – take me!” However, by “that evening he left in a troika for the railway station. Two days later he was already in Kislovodsk.”

Here is the opening of “Tanya”:

She was working as a housemaid in the house of his relation Madame Kazakov, who owned a small estate. She was just seventeen years old; her tiny figure was especially noticeable when she walked barefoot, her skirt swaying gently from side to side and her little breasts moving under her blouse […] her simple little face could be called pleasing, and her grey peasant eyes had no beauty other than that of youth.” And Tanya, an orphan, was described as a “half-childish girl” with an “intoxicating scent of something rural and virginal”.

Petrusha, on his way back to Moscow, had stopped to visit Kazakova in the country. In the middle of the night “He lit a match and caught sight of her asleep. She was lying on her back on a wooden bed, in a blouse and cotton skirt - her little breasts showed roundness through her blouse, her legs were bare to the knees[...] The match went out. He stood there – and gently approached the bed...” “He moved her legs apart in their tender warmth[...]” “[...] and he began to kiss her neck, her breast, inhaling that intoxicating scent of something rural and virginal. And she, through her tears, suddenly gave a spontaneous feminine response – strongly, and it seemed gratefully, embracing him and pressing his head to her breast.” After subsequent sexual conquests with the nymphet, to Tanya's utter dismay, Petrusha left the country never to visit again.

And in “The Crow”, a father, an important government official, banished his son to Petersburg and threatened to disinherit him if he didn't comply. That was done after the father caught the son cavorting with the help, Elena Nikolaevna. Nikolaevna was described as “young light-limbed” with a “fine delicate face blushing in crimson patches – the face of a frail blonde girl in a thin white blouse, with dark armpits and still only faintly outlined breasts.” Subsequently, the son caught the father with Nikolaevna, his “enchanting young wife”, entering the Marinsky theater in Petersburg. “On her neck a little ruby cross with a dark fire; her slim arms had already grown rounder and were bare to above the elbow [...]”

Friday, January 29, 2016

THE GIRL IN THE BOOK (2015): The Writer and the Nymphet

The Girl in the Book (2015)

Alice, a book editor and writer, is assigned to handle the re-release of Milan Daneker's book Waking Eyes. Daneker had an affair with Alice when she was a nymphet and Waking Eyes is a roman à clef of that affair.

The affair began after Daneker started helping Alice with her writing. Strategically and conveniently, the tutoring sessions took place in Alice's bedroom while her parents, both book agents, were away. During his initial visits, Alice and Daneker spoke about her writing, but the sexual tension inevitably became too strong. Consequently, Alice kissed Daneker on the lips after he kissed her on the head. Subsequently, Daneker massaged Alice's fountains before he helped her reach her virginal orgasm. 

After Daneker ignored Alice while he dined with her parents and flirted with a woman, Alice (unrealistically) told her parents about the affair which Daneker denied. (A nymphet will rarely reveal an affair with a older man to the authorities - especially over something as trivial as an older woman.Typically, the nymphet will become jealous and thereby more attracted to the ephebophile.)

Lastly, Nabokov's Pale Fire made a cameo in the film which reminded me of "Otar, a pleasant and cultured adeling with a tremendous nose and sparse hair, [who] had his two [thin-legged and green eyed] mistresses with him, eighteen-year-old Fifalda (whom he later married) and seventeen-year-old Fleur [...], daughters of Countess de Fyler, the Queen's favorite lady in waiting."

Nabokov's Pale Fire Makes a Cameo

Thursday, January 21, 2016

HER FATHER, MY LOVER (2015): A Teleiophile's Passion for Her Friend's Father

I have a major backlog of posts to write about Japanese ephebophilia;therefore, I decided to write a post about the Japanese film Her Father, My Lover (2015) [友だちのパパが好き] without an analysis and  review, because I have no idea when I will get to it, the film doesn't appear to be freely available, and, maybe more importantly, I feel that the concept of a Japanese teleiophile who is completely enthralled with her friend's father is extremely interesting. This film may display a more extreme version of teleiophilia than what was shown in American Beauty (1999) which will be analyzed in the upcoming 2nd edition of The Allure of Nymphets

Here's the film synopsis from Festival Scope:

“You're a sicko”. University student Taeko is appalled by her kooky friend Maya's attraction to her father, Kyosuke. His affair with workmate Hazuki resulted in her pregnancy. His subsequent divorce from cancer survivor Midori, only encourages Maya further. Meanwhile, her jilted lover Tadokoro, who also happens to be her former high school teacher, begins to stalk her. Maya's obsession with Kyosuke sets off a chain reaction of imploding relationships, and all Taeko can do is watch...

If and when Festival Scope gives me access to their website (I'm a writer and not a film professional.), I'll update this post with a review and an analysis. 

Sunday, January 17, 2016

PUPPYLOVE (2013): A Nymphet Watches Porn Then 'Bates in the Bathtub

Puppylove (2013) (Photo via Vincent Perez)

Here's the plot summary of Puppylove (2013) which was written by Delphine Lehericey, the director and co-writer of the coming of age film:

At 14, Diane is an enigmatic teenager and a loner. She is busy bringing up her little brother, Marc, and has an intense relationship with her father, Christian. The appearance of Julia, a young charismatic and emancipated English girl, in her neighbourhood turns Diane's everyday life upside down. Diane, who wants to break the bounds of childhood at any price, goes through the most dramatic experiences of her life in the space of six months. The closer she is to Julia, the more she turns her back on morality, paying no attention to the consequences or the limits of her desires.

In the clip below, Diane's father barged into her room while she taking a break from studying to watch pornography. After Diane refused to turn off the hardcore pornography, she politely asked her father to leave before, in the very next scene, she masturbated in the bathtub. Below is Netflix's subtitles for the dialogue that took place between Diane and her father:

Diane: You could knock.
Father: What are you up to?
Diane: I'm watching TV.
Father: I came to say good night.
Father: Switch that off.
Diane: Good night.

In addition to the pornography and masturbation, the following erotic early teen behavior was exhibited by fourteen-year-old Diane in the French film:

  • She unsuccessfully attempted to have sex with another teen
  • She shared a lipstick lesbian kiss with her classmate, Julia, after Julia performed oral sex in the backseat of an older male's car
  • She defiantly ran topless into the shower - of the boy's locker room
  • She incestuously asked her father, "Could you make love to me?"
  • She watched Julia have sex with the hotel's bartender while Julia's parents slept in the next hotel room
  • She sensuously kissed Julia in the hotel's bathroom
  • She reluctantly performed oral sex on a man in a nightclub's bathroom 
  • She witnessed her father gazing upon Julia while she posed in the nude. (Julia previously opined about Diane's father, "I'm sure he likes youngsters.")
  • She and Julia had a three-way with a sailor in his cabin after commandeering his sailboat
  • She pulled back the shower curtain to give Julia a peep of her wet father
  • Julia kissed Diane's father, pulled down her whites panties and, despite his resistance, seduced him into having sex against a tree

According to the coming-of-age film's Wikipedia page, the film premiered at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, and it won a Magritte Award for Best Original Score and was nominated for Best First Feature.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Famous Ephebophile: Charlie Chaplin Fights Over 12-Year-Old Nymphet

I wrote in The Allure of Nymphets that Charlie Chaplin confessed that he had a violent crush on a specific nymphet and generally loved young girls. 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 author and ephebophile J.D. Salinger was livid after Chaplin married Oona O'Neill. Salinger and O'Neill began an affair when O'Neill was sixteen-years-old, but after Salinger joined the Army, eighteen-year-old O'Neill moved to Los Angeles and married fifty-five-year-old Chaplin.

Interestingly, Barbara Wyllie wrote in "'My Age of Innocence Girl' - Humbert, Chaplin, Lita and Lo" about the influence that Chaplin had on Vladimir Nabokov. For example, there's a reference to Chaplin's toothbrush mustache in Lolita and Chaplin appeared on a movie poster in Nabokov's short story “Easter Rain” (1925).

Wyllie wrote that "[...] it could be argued that the particular nature of Chaplin’s
incarnation in Lolita is linked to Nabokov’s 1928 poem, “Lilith,” via The Kid, Chaplin’s
silent feature of 1921."

In The Kid, a nymphet in wings, played by Chaplin's twelve-year-old future wife Lillita McMurray, is told by Sin (i.e., The Devil) to "vamp" (i.e., seduce) the Tramp (Chaplin). The winged nymphet and the Tramp kissed before her Sweetheart arrived. She and her Sweetheart, who was played by a man who appeared to be a lot older than even thirty-two-year-old Chaplin, kissed before he allowed the nymphet and the Tramp to embrace and kiss again. However, after the nymphet refused to release her embrace of the Tramp, her Sweetheart became jealous and pummeled the Tramp.  

Saturday, December 19, 2015

PRETTY PERSUASION (2005): A 14-Year-Old Gets Her Fudge Chute Packed

The tagline for Pretty Persuasion (2005) is "Revenge knows no mercy" and 15-year-old Roxbury high school sophomore Kimberly Joyce (Evan Rachel Wood) shows no mercy in getting revenge on her best friend Brittany for stealing her boyfriend. Kimberly simultaneously "sleeps" her way to the top of her young acting career:

1. Kimberly received oral from her teen boyfriend

2. She revealed during a sleepover with two other nymphets while smoking her father's cigars and watching his porn that she had anal sex when she was 14 after Warren Prescott asked shyly, "I was wondering if you might let me pack your fudge chute." 

3. Kimberly performed oral sex on the son of a powerful Jewish lawyer

4. And she blackmailed a television reporter by videotaping her while she was "munching [Kimberly's] underage rug".

Wikipedia's plot summary, "Pretty Persuasion is a 2005 American black comedy/satirical film about a 15-year-old schoolgirl who makes an allegation of sexual harassment against her drama teacher [Mr. Anderson]" and IMDB's plot summary, "A 15-year-old girl incites chaos among her friends and a media frenzy when she accuses her drama teacher of sexual harassment", incorrectly implies that the main plot of film is the false accusation of sexual harassment against the English\drama teacher but that was all part of Kimberly's plan to get revenge on Brittany and get a role on a popular television show. 

However, high school teachers may heed the advice that Mr. Anderson's colleague shared with him about high school nymphets that, "...high school is cock teasing 101..."

Despite its salacious teen content, Pretty Persuasion was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, but won the German Independence Award/Audience Award at the 2005 Oldenburg International Film Festival.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Balthus at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome

Balthus via Scuderie del Quirinale

There is a major monographic Balthasar Klossowski de Role (Balthus) exhibition at the Scuderie del Quirinale and Villa Medici in Rome. 

The Balthus (1908–2001) exhibition will run until January 31, 2016 and was curated by Cécile Debray who is the curator of the Musée National d'Art Moderne. 

The split exhibition contains almost two hundred photographs, drawings and paintings that were culled from European and American museums and private collections. 

We profiled Balthus in a previous post, and we discussed the art versus child pornography debate as it pertains to the artist.
Balthus by Gabriele Malaguti via Purple Magazine

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 when Ray was forty and Una was twelve which resulted in Ray's imprisonment. 

Being a good neighbor, Una's father invited Ray to a backyard barbecue which is where Ray met Una. Subsequently, 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 even shared, "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."

And 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. However, 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 reprise the role in February on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre. In addition, a film adaptation of the play starring Rooney Mara and Ben Mendelsohn is set to be released next spring. 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Paula Vogel's HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE: A Nymphet's Affair with her Uncle

A Play by Paula Vogel

Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive is about "well-endowed" Li'l Bit's affair with her aunt's husband - Uncle Peck. The affair began when Li'l Bit was eleven while Uncle Peck was giving her a driving lesson. However, the opening act was set in 1969 while seventeen-year-old Li'l Bit and Uncle Peck sat "In a parking lot overlooking the Beltville Agricultural Farms in suburban Maryland," while Uncle Peck massaged and kissed Li'l Bit's "well-endowed" fountains

Vogel incorrectly uses the term pedophilia in the play. For example, Li'l Bit said, "Even with my family background, I was sixteen or so before I realized that pedophilia did not mean people who loved to bicycle..." However, since the affair began when Li'l Bit was eleven, Uncle Peck would more accurately be labeled a hebephile. 

Interestingly, Li'l Bit's grandmother was a "grown-up" fourteen-year-old when she married. "It was legal, what Daddy and I did! I was fourteen and in those days, fourteen was a grown-up woman..." And Li'l Bit shared a Mary Jane joke:

"Little Mary Jane is walking through the woods, when all of a sudden this man who was hiding behind a tree jumps out, rips open Mary Jane's blouse, and plunges his hands on her breast. And Little Mary Jane just laughed and laughed because she knew her money was in her shoes."

In age-discrepant affairs, the hebephiles\ephebophiles are often accused by commoners of taking advantage of innocent nymphets; however, Aunt Mary blamed Li'l Bit.

"And I want to say this about my niece. She's a sly one, that one is. She knows exactly what she's doing; she's twisted Peck around her little finger and thinks it's all a big secret...Well. I'm counting the days until she goes away to school." 

The affair ended after Li'l Bit matriculated into a "fancy" college and Uncle Peck committed a seduction faux pas by becoming needy, not letting Li'l Bit advance the affair and showering her with unwanted gifts e.g., "You've only been away two days and it feels like months." "I'm sending you a tape cassette - it's a new model..." "A bouquet of roses." "A box of chocolates." "'s a book in return: Liaisons Dangereuses."

Ultimately, Li'l Bit shared "...I got kicked out of that fancy school in 1970. Some say I got caught with a man in my room. Some say as a kid on scholarship I fooled around with a rich man's daughter [i.e., lipstick lesbianism]." And Uncle Peck succumbed to alcoholism. 

How I Learned to Drive premiered off-Broadway in 1997 at the Vineyard Theater and Vogel received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama the following year.  

A University of North Carolina Chapel Hill's Lab! Theatre Production

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Tavi Gevinson’s ROOKIE: Advice for Teens Attracted to Older Men

Illustration by Kelly via Rookie

We've referenced a number of books in The Allure of Nymphets about age-discrepant relationships such as Jennifer Gordon’s Jennifer Fever and Belisa Vranich and Laura Grashow’s Dating the Older Man. However, despite their helpfulness, those books weren't written for nymphets. Nonetheless, Tavi Gevinson’s teen magazine, Rookie, filled the void. 

In addition to the magazine containing several articles on masturbation, such as “Do It Yourself”, 22-year-old Amy Rose Spiegel wrote in the article “Older Men” that “One of the most frequent Just Wondering questions we get here at Rookie is some variation on the following: “I’m a teenager and I’m thinking about dating/am intensely attracted to a person who’s significantly older than me. THOUGHTS?”

Spiegel began by sharing that she “has always been interested in older dudes” and “has also dated quite a few of them” For example, Spiegel dated a 28-year-old college graduate when she was a “smart and self-aware” 15-year-old. She dissuaded the stereotype about dirty old men by writing “Finally, I don’t mean for this article to read as “A HORRIBLE OLD MAN TOOK MY YOUTHFUL INNOCENCE,” because that’s not what happened. I made my own decisions when I was 15, and I enjoyed the majority of the time I spent dating that 28-year-old as well as the older dudes who came after him.” And Spiegel wrote that at the time she “romanticized” about being Lolita and that she “... idealized the thought of someone being single-mindedly obsessed” with her the way Humbert was obsessed with Lolita.  (However, she misleadingly wrote that Lolita was a “...story about an adult man kidnapping, molesting, and raping an adolescent girl.)

Spiegel comforted the nymphet readers of Rookie by writing:

  • “First, being attracted to older guys is completely and totally normal.”
  • “It doesn’t mean you have “daddy issues””
  • “Being attracted to someone older just means you are a human person who sometimes thinks other human people are sexy!”
  • “YOU ARE VERY MATURE FOR YOUR AGE...So it’s totally fine to moon over people who are older than you!”
  • “It’s totally doable, as long as you keep some things (*cough* MY INSANELY WISE WORDS BELOW *cough*) in mind.”

Here are Spiegel’s “insanely wise words”:

1.   Spiegel warned that even if a nymphet tricks an ephebophile into believing that she is of legal age by, for example, flashing him a fake ID, the ephebophile could still go to jail (for a very long time) for even planning to have sex with an underage maiden.

2.   Spiegel advises that if a nymphet should feel secure about disagreeing with her older partner, her friends and family should be respected, and that she should be treated as a peer. However, if she has doubts about whether or not those aspects of the relationship are being fulfilled, she should not have a relationship with anyone “older than a quarter of the years” the nymphet has been alive. Thus, according to Spiegel, a sixteen-year-old should not have a relationship with anyone over 20. Clearly, Spiegel’s rule is arbitrary, has no basis and should be taken very lightly.

3.   Ironically, Spiegel encourages girls to wait to have relationships with older men, because girls “can never have a real high school romance (e.g., “passing love notes in class”) again after 12th grade is over.” I doubt that this advice will prevent a girl from having a relationship with an older man, because I have observed that girls who are in age-discrepant relationships often have young boyfriends as well.

4.   Initially, Spiegel advised nymphets not to get into illegal age-gap relationships because of the possibility of jail time for the ephebophiles, but in 4 she advises girls to avoid age-discrepant relationships because “Keeping things underground gets tiring and frustrating, not to mention a little overwhelming, really quickly...Having a significantly older partner severely limits the stuff you can do together, too. You can’t exactly bring a 30-year-old to prom!” Thus, it appears that Spiegel opines that it is more important that a nymphet avoid feeling tired, frustrated and overwhelmed than it is for the ephebophile to avoid jail time.

5.   Spiegel warned “[I]f a person who is of legal drinking age or above makes a habit of courting people who are in high school, there’s a good chance they might be a pedophile (or, if you want to be super technical, an ephebophile). However, as we know from The Allure of Nymphets, The Red Queen and Are All Men Pedophiles?(2013), all men in fact are ephebophiles; however, only some men act upon it (e.g., Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Woody Allen, etc.). And it’s worth pointing out that just like in Lolita, Cruel Intentions 2: Manchester Prep (2000), and Pretty Little Liars - the book and television series, teen girls are often the initiators of age-discrepant relationships - not the ephebophiles.

6.   Spiegel alerted nymphets against being manipulated by older men, but everything she warned against often occurs in age-consistent relationships as well. Teen girls are frequently manipulated, disrespected, undervalued and controlled by teen boys. Who other than teen boys gets angry when girls don’t return their text messages “fast enough”?

7.   Here is another example of Spiegel making a general statement about ephebophiles that relates just as well or even better to teen boys. She wrote that older men are “less likely to wait before moving past the tonsil-hockey stage.” Spiegel is inconceivably implying that teen boys are more patient and understanding of a girl’s desire to maintain her maidenhood than older men.

Spiegel’s “insanely wise words” are somewhat anti-age-gap relationships; however, she ends the article by writing  “And for all the dangers that come with dating older people, there are upsides...It’s nice to be around people who are assured of themselves and their interests, a quality that usually increases the longer you’ve been hanging out on planet Earth...Just be sure—and I say this to you no matter what age your love interest happens to be—that you and of course THEY are responsible and respectful in actions and behaviors; that you are equal partners; that you feel like you can get out of it at any time, for any reason, without fear; and that you are happy...OK? All right, get along. As always, be safe and enjoy…”

Friday, November 27, 2015

CRUEL INTENTIONS 2: MANCHESTER PREP (2000): A Teen Masturbates in Central Park

I wrote about Cruel Intentions (1999) in The Allure of Nymphets and how the film was the genesis for the book. However, Cruel Intentions 2: Manchester Prep (2000)  was even more revealing, which isn't surprising considering that both films were written and directed by Roger Kumble and were "suggested" by the French book  Les Liaisons dangereuses.

Cruel Intentions 2: Manchester Prep contains:

1. An age-discrepant relationship between sophomore Kathryn Merteuil and Assistant Headmaster Steve Muller. The surprisingly realistic dialogue between Kathryn and the Assistant Headmaster will sum up their relationship suitably. Kathryn threatened to expose their affair, that she initiated, if gym class wasn't removed from her schedule. Apparently, she didn't like to sweat.

Kathryn: "Isn't it against the rules for someone of your age to seduce a minor like you did to me this summer in The Hamptons?"

Assistant Headmaster: "It was you who seduced me!"

Kathryn: "You know. You're right. It was me who seduced you but then again, who will the school board believe. It's my word against yours. Think about it Steve. Something like this could ruin your career. Not to mention your marriage."

2. Two lipstick lesbian kissing scenes are in the film, but the most salacious incestuous kiss took place between topless seniors played by real-life twins Alicia and Annie Sorell.

Manchester Prep Lipstick Lesbian Twins

3. And in a scene that may be inspiring to the nymphet readers of Rookie magazine, freshman Cherie Claymon masturbated upon a horse in Central Park which was all part of Kathryn's plot to turn Cherie into the "...premier slut of Manchester Prep."

Those scenes took place between raunchy quotes like, "As the school motto goes, if you don't snort it, suck it." "I'm tired of being the only virgin of the sophomore class." And "Yesterday was my first kiss. Now you're practically touching my breast. [At] this rate, your dick will be in my mouth by lunch." "Anyone for lunch?"