Saturday, March 16, 2019

Hulu's PEN15: Middle School Girls | Masturbation, Thongs and Handys

Here's PEN15's plot summary that's posted on Hulu:

PEN15 is middle school as it really happened. Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle star in this adult comedy, playing versions of themselves as thirteen-year-old outcasts in the year 2000, surrounded by actual thirteen-year-olds, where the best day of your life can turn into your worst with the stroke of a gel pen.


"[...] Heather gave a hand-job to both Brandt and Dustin L. this summer."
Episode one begins with Maya informing Anna that, "[...] Heather gave a handjob to both Brandt and Dustin L. this summer."
"That ho bag."
"Such a slut. Also, I heard that Connie M. grew double-ds last night at camp."


"Connie M. Grew Double-Ds"
Later in the episode, Maya informed Anna, "I wanna be in the room with you for our first finger." And Anna shared, "Stacey Davies told me that she gave him [Brandt] a handy when his dad was sick to help make him feel better [...]"

Emily Nussbaum wrote in her New Yorker piece "Middle-School Mortification on “PEN15”" that the Hulu series has "story beats that are familiar". 


Zoe Lizbeth Jardine
Consequently, Zoe Lizbeth Jardine opined in the Elle post "7 Women on the Highly Awkward Pen15 Moments That Make Them Feel Most Seen" that: "At long last, girls get to be in on all the masturbation jokes." PEN15's masturbation episode (three) reminded Jardine of the time she had an "all-girl" discussion on the bus ride to Paul Revere Middle School where she shared that she had discovered a "cool" new thing that she could do with the removable shower head that gave her a "strange tingly" feeling. 


Maybe, I should not have been surprised that Nussbaum wrote: "The best episodes tend to center on Maya’s explosive urges [...] In a particularly daring episode, Maya discovers masturbation, and gets so overwhelmed that she can’t stop touching herself, grinding away in a school-bathroom stall, as Anna, clueless, chats about tickets to a B*Witched concert."

And speaking of masturbation, à la My Secret Garden, Maya and Anna were told that, "[...] Connie M puts peanut butter on her crotch and has the dog lick it."

In episode five, Maya and Anna stole Heather's pink thong and took turns wearing it to school to bask in the newfound attention. 



In episode six, Brandt asked Maya teasingly, "[...] can I get a $5 hand job?"

Episode seven is about Maya's quest to take an online relationship with a older man offline. In episode eight, Maya and Anna make-out with a bed. And in episode ten, Brandt asked Maya, "Want me to finger you?" To which Maya replied. "Yeah." 



Sonia Saraiya wrote in her Vanity Fair piece "Netflix and Pen15 Are Changing the Way TV Does Teen Sex" that: "[...] Pen15 is more directly autobiographical [...] It feels like middle school brought to life again, startlingly real and way, way too familiar."

NPR's Linda Holmes wrote in "Looking At Middle School Through Grown-Up Glasses In 'PEN15'" that the series is a "gem" that "[...] never feels false for a minute [...]"

And interestingly, New York magazine's Vulture name PEN15 a Best of 2019.



Sunday, March 3, 2019

POPTV's FLACK: A Teen Lipstick Lesbian Sex Tape


Despite showing no obvious signs of nympholepsy, I was immediately drawn to the advertisement on the Uptown 6 platform for PopTV's Flack. And when that happens, there is typically something in the content that's relevant to this blog. 

For example, here's PopTV's plot summary for episode 2 of Flack:

Robyn [a PR executive] tries to distract the press from the fact that her [17-year-old] pop star client is being dropped by her record label by creating a [teen lipstick lesbian] sex tape.

FLACK (Season 1 Episode 2)
Ultimately, the 17-year-old's mother took her place in sex tape, because the nymphet was a virgin. Unsurprisingly, the nymphet couldn't bear to watch her mother perform oral sex. 


If you've never heard of POPTV, according to Wikipedia:

Pop, commonly referred to as Pop TV, is an American basic cable and satellite television network operated as a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Lionsgate Entertainment. It is a general entertainment channel, focusing primarily on programs pertaining to popular culture.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

DANCE NATION: A Play About [Very Dirty] Dancing Nymphets


Here’s part of the plot summary for Dance Nation (2018) that’s posted on Playwrights Horizons:

Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay. But in Clare Barron’s raucous pageant of ambition and ferocity, these young dancers have more than choreography on their minds [...].

Here’s an excerpt from the “Notes on casting, etc”: All characters except Dance Teacher Pat and The Moms are between the ages of 11 and 14 years old. However, they should be played by adult actors (for the most part) [...]

With that in mind, here's some relevant parts of Dance Nation:

1. In the play, references are made to the “little girls” having “little bodies”. 

2. In scene 4: “THE GIRLS are changing into their street clothes. They get completely, uninhibitedly butt-ass naked in front of each other as they talk [...]

3. Teen masturbation is a motif in the play. For example, also in scene 4, SOFIA asked AMINA, the star dancer, “Did you do it?” 
AMINA: Huh? 
SOFIA makes a gesture like she’s thwacking a pussy.
AMINA: I tried
SOFIA: You tried?
AMINA: Nothing happened
SOFIA: Nothing happened???!!!
AMINA: I don’t know why. I really tried!
SOFIA: What did you do? ASHLEE: Wait. What’s happening?
CONNIE (To ASHLEE.) She’s teaching Amina how to masturbate. 

Subsequently, SOFIA informed AMINA that she’s supposed to think about something while masturbating. CONNIE shared that she thinks about Luke, the only male dancer on the team. But à la some of the teen rape fantasies described in My Secret Garden, ASHLEE shared: "I mostly think about someone being really mad at me. And pinning me to the ground. And like. Yelling."

4. In scene 8, while DANCE TEACHER PAT is out of the room, Amina instructs the other nymphets: 

And move your pussy into fifth position
Dimi plié and…
[...]
Bend at the pussy...and...bring your pussy back up…

5. Subsequently, ASHLEE shared that she would show the audience her “epic” ass but that she’s only thirteen. In addition, she related that men like to “stroke” her ass and that she has “a really nice face” and “great tits”.




As the other nymphets stare in “awe”, ASHLEE continues:

[...] and you’re going to cum just by eating my cunt, the taste of my cum is going to make you cum because it’ll be the greatest sexual pleasure you have ever known [...] That’s what I’ve got inside this tiny fucking body of mine [...] 

Now we know why it states in the "Note on casting, etc": 

All characters except Dance Teacher Pat and The Moms are between the ages of 11 and 14 years old. However, they should be played by adult actors (for the most part) [...] There is no need for any of the actors to resemble teenagers. (In fact, please resist this impulse!)



6. In scene 9, DANCE TEACHER PAT, “a grown-ass man”, swats AMINA’s butt. AMINA is “horrified” but “she loves it’ too:

He sort of swats her butt. It’s not sexual???????? But also weird and uncomfortable for a  grown-ass man to be swatting a thirteen-year-old’s butt. AMINA is horrified. And also, she loves it. 

7. In scene 11, in a effort to motivate the other nymphets who are nervous about competing against a dance team that has "advanced-level boys", SOFIA exclaimed:

WE’RE GONNA MAKE THEM FINGER US UNTIL THEIR FINGERS FALL OFF AND THEN WE’RE GONNA EAT THEIR FINGERS IN FRONT OF THEIR FACES!!!!!!

8. By scene 13: AMINA [is] on her stomach. A pillow between her legs. [...] AMINA [successfully] masturbates.

9. And lastly, in scene 14, there’s a bit of teen lipstick lesbianism:
ASHLEE blows on CONNIE’s upper lip. She kisses her on the mouth.

Interestingly, Sara Holdren wrote in her New York Magazine theater review of Dance Nation

“If you were a thirteen-year-old girl, Clare Barron’s daring, raw Dance Nation will probably hit you hard...It’s a brave, visceral, excitingly off-kilter barbaric yawp of a play...And it gets at something excruciatingly tender: the burden of modesty on [very] young American women.” 


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Seidel's PEACHES GOES IT ALONE: Poetry About Nude Schoolgirls & More...


We profiled the poet Frederick Seidel in The Allure of Nymphets and he continues to write about nympholepsy and age-discrepant attraction in his latest book Peaches Goes It Alone .. 
For example, the poem “Miss Charlotte” is about “undressed” schoolgirls “lying on top” of one another in a dorm-room of an all-girls boarding school, which caused aristocrats to take “cold showers”:

Bring back the all-girls boarding schools for pedigreed girls
Where, morning and night, girls dressed and undressed.
Luxurious lawns and trees rode to hounds.
Horses the girls owned waited in padded stalls. 

Think of the cold showers these aristocrates took.
Think of the dorm-room mirrors which sometimes saw
A cold girl lying on top of a warm girl
While a pretty girl with a pimply face on her bed on her back watched

The scene in the dorm-room reminded me of a scene in the controversial National Bestseller The End of Alice where imprisoned Chappy shared a story about his teen penpal:

She writes of the memory of one particular afternoon [...] The story is of coming into the cabin to collect her tennis racket and finding the two little girls from Louisville, Kentucky [...] lying across the top bunk, head to toe, the brunette’s narrow foot sweeping back and forth across the strawberry blonde’s nipple, the blonde’s jumpsuit unzipped and parted to the waist. When the lovebirds sighted the girl and smiled at her, there was a flash of light like an explosion, as the sun, reflecting off the brunette’s metal tooth-braces [...]

And I was reminded of a story that Humbert related in Lolita about one of Lolita’s tent-mates:

Her astounding tale started with an introductory mention of her tent-mate of the previous summer, at another camp, a “very select” one as she put it. The tent-mate [...] instructed her in various manipulations. [...] I wanted to know if either mother learned of those sapphic diversions? “Gosh no,” exhaled limp Lo [...] 

In 2016, Seidel was approximately 80-years-old; thus, his reference in the first two stanzas of “Thanksgiving 2016” to a girl with a “charming” face, a charming voice and a “beautiful ass” who could cure “depression” is revealing:

The girl with the face
As charming as her voice
Has a beautiful ass
Filling out her tan pants.

Depression doesn’t stand a chance
Confronted with this one!
What planet are you on
In your beret, singing?

“Near The New Whitney” is about the poet being “moonstruck” by Emily, a “gently lovely” maître d’, at a “charming restaurant” in the Meatpacking District. But after discussing the transformation of American art, the poet ended the poem with a desirable double entendre:

I drank an after-dinner tumbler of whiskey
Not far from the new Whitney,
A present from the maître d’.
Sweet Lagavulin single malt filled me with infinity
Sixteen years old, while the girl 
Smiled softly

Emily appears again in the fifth and sixth stanzas of “Worst When It’s Poetry”. This time she’s referred to as a “maiden” and “so young”:

There’s an Emily I met downtown recently.
Dante’s Beatrice suddenly appeared to me!
I don’t know her last name.
Dante famously never was the same.

A maiden I don’t know transfigured me
In one brief moment for eternity.
From one brief meeting with someone so young,
Dante translated to a higher sphere and left our days of dung. 

And the book is lightly peppered with stanzas that allude to nympholepsy. For example, in “In Late December”: She’s reading a paperback of Lolita, stealthily, behind the sign. And in “Abusers”: The little girl whose father invaded her/Became a woman who could not outgun/The little girl inside her who’s her father’s wife.

Lastly, here's one of the blurbs from the back of the book:

"There had never been a poet like this one before: the poet of a new contemporary form, a highlight reel-one spectacular feat after another [...]" - Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books




Sunday, February 3, 2019

TRUST (2010): An Online Nymphet is Betrayed


Here's IMDb's plot summary for Trust (2011): 

A suburban [Chicago] family is torn apart when fourteen-year-old Annie [...] meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend [Charlie] is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her parents [...] are shattered by their daughter's actions and struggle to support her as she comes to terms with what has happened to her once innocent life.

Initially, Charlie informed Annie that he was 16, then 20, and then 25, but when they met, Charlie appeared to be in his 30s. 


Annie was initially distraught, but Charlie reassured her by stating, "I love you. Annie, I don't get why age has to change that." Subsequently, the age-gap couple had ice cream at a parlor before they had sex in a cheap hotel despite Annie's pleads of, "Charlie, wait!"


Afterwards, to Annie's dismay, Annie's best friend informed a school administrator about Charlie, which resulted in an FBI investigation and counseling.

IMDb's plot summary opined that Annie was "innocent", but the FBI's transcripts of Annie and Charlie's chats proved otherwise. 

Annie: "I can't stop thinking about it. You inside me. I get wet when I picture it. How big are you? I bet you taste good. I wanna see it right now." To which her father replied, "She's 14![...] Our daughter sounds like a fucking porn star!"


Here's an excerpt from the Annie's counseling session:

Annie: "You think I need help?
Counselor: "I think that what you've been through must be very difficult."
Annie: "Yeah, what's the big deal? There are girls at my school who've had sex with half the football team. I lose my virginity [to an older man] and my parents make a federal case out of it. Literally"


In the end, Annie fell out of love with Charlie, but not due to their age difference. Annie came to consider Charlie compliments on her beauty to be crushingly insincere after she discovered that Charlie had sex with [at least] three other nymphets whom Annie opined, "They weren't even that pretty!"

Lastly, David Schwimmer took some directorial liberties by sexualizing Annie (14-year-old Liana Liberato) (e.g., pink spandex volleyball "shorts", pink with white polka dot panties, an underwear advertisement, etc). 


And despite the comments on IMDb, Trust (2010) is an inaccurate portrayal of online predators, because a nymphet is more likely to be sexually molested by her father, brother or uncle than an online or offline stranger.


Saturday, January 26, 2019

Levine's HARMFUL TO MINORS: THE PERILS OF PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM SEX



Here's the summary of Judith Levine's Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Children from Sex from the book's publisher, the University of Minnesota Press:

A radical, refreshing, and long overdue reassessment of how we think and act about children’s and teens’s sexuality 

Sex is a wonderful, crucial part of growing up, and children and teens can enjoy the pleasures of the body and be safe, too. In this important and controversial book, Judith Levine makes this argument and goes further, asserting that America’s attempts to protect children from sex are worse than ineffectual. It is the assumption of danger and the exclusive focus on protection — what Levine terms "the sexual politics of fear" — that are themselves harmful to minors.

The book's wikipedia page relates:

Because of its controversial nature and content, it was nearly impossible for Levine to find a publisher — one prospective publisher even called it "radioactive." University of Minnesota Press eventually agreed to publish the book, despite cries of outrage from the right wing of Minnesota's political establishment.

Levine related that: "America's fears about child sexuality are both peculiarly contemporary [...]" (xx) "Indeed, the concept that sex poses an almost existential peril to children, that it robs them of their very childhood, was only born about 150 years ago." (xxvii)

And like we related in The Allure of NymphetsLevine wrote that this fear was instigated in the US by feminists who "exposed widespread rape and domestic sexual violence against [...] children and initiated a new body of law [(i.e., age-of-consent)] that would punish the perpetrator and cease to blame the victim. (xxviii)

But American feminists soon learned that teens were often the perpetrators and seducers of men who couldn't resist the allure of nymphets. For example, Levine found that in:

1984: Just under 50% of unmarried fifteen to nineteen-year-old nymphets had [consensual] sex
1990: 55% of unmarried fifteen to nineteen-year-old nymphets had [consensual] sex
2002: 50% of unmarried fifteen to nineteen-year-old nymphets had [consensual] sex

However, "[...] in Western Europe whether and when aren't the burning questions either. Sex education in those countries begins with the assumption that young people will carry on a number of sexual relationships during their teen years and initiate sex play short of intercourse long before that (which they do) and that sexual expression is a healthy and happy part of growing up. (xxii)

Lastly, Levine wrote in the introduction that: "Child or teen sex can be moral [i.e., post-marital] or immoral [i.e., pre-marital and sexual abuse] [...] sex is not ipso facto harmful to minors; and America's drive to protect kids from sex is protecting them from nothing. Instead it is harming them [...] sex, meaning touching and talking and fantasizing for bodily pleasure, is a valuable and crucial part of growing up, from earliest childhood on." (xxxiv)



Interestingly, Harmful to Minors won the 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Award for Current Interest.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Nymphet Marriage in the United States


Chris Baynes related in an Independent post that:

More than 200,000 children were married in the US over the past 15 years, new figures have revealed. Three 10-year-old girls [...] were among the youngest to wed [...]

The minimum age for marriage across most of the US is 18, but every state has exemptions – such as parental consent or pregnancy – which allow younger children to tie the knot.

Eight-seven per cent of the minors who married across the country between 2000 and 2015 were girls, with the majority either 16 or 17. 

The youngest wedded were three 10-year-old girls in Tennessee who married men aged 24, 25 and 31 in 2001.

Children as young as 12 were granted marriage licences in Alaska, Louisiana and South Carolina, while 11 other states allowed 13-year-olds to wed.

More than 1,000 children aged 14 or under were granted marriage licences.

A 14-year-old girl married a 74-year-old man in Alabama, while a 17-year-old wed a 65-year-old groom in Idaho.

Here's some additional data from Frontline:


However, while pre-teen and teen pre-marital sex may be on the rise, marriage appears to be on the decline.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Greuze's THE BROKEN VESSEL: A Nymphet's Lost Virginity


Jean-Baptiste Greuze's La cruche cassée [The Broken Vessel] (1771) is on display in the prestigious Louvre Museum. Here's part of the description of the painting that's posted on the Louvre's website:

Cette jeune fille au regard triste, dont la tenue en désordre laisse entrevoir un sein, est une allégorie de la virginité perdue, symbolisée par la cruche cassée pendue à son bras. 

[This sad looking young girl, whose disordered outfit gives a glimpse of a breast, is an allegory of lost virginity, symbolized by the broken jug hanging from her arm.]

Exposed Pink Nipple
Bradley Smith reiterated the Louvre's description of the nymphet in Erotic Art of the Masters: The 18th Century:

Before 1800 the subtle but moralistic paintings of Jean Baptiste Greuze were much admired. Here a childlike girl exposes a pink nipple, holds flowers against her pubic region and carries a pitcher. (The crack in it indicates that she has lost her virginity.) The contemporary viewer understood. 

Flowers Against Pubic Region & Broken Vessel


Monday, December 31, 2018

DeLappe's THE WOLVES: "Raw" Nymphet Soccer Coeds



Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves, among other accolades, was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play was originally produced at The Duke on 42nd Street before it moved to the Lincoln Center.

Here's part of Wikipedia's synopsis:

“The Wolves” is set in an indoor soccer facility. Each scene depicts the nine teenage girls that make up the Wolves, a soccer team, warming up before their game each week.

The first scene opens with discussion of a Cambodian murderer, and conversations stem from there. Overlapping dialogue illustrates an atmosphere where each group of girls have their own, specific conversations while still chiming in on the main topic. These spin-offs include period gossip, talk of boyfriends [...]

Ben Brantley wrote in his New York Times review of the play: "Girl power is atomic in “The Wolves.” The scary, exhilarating brightness of raw adolescence emanates from every scene [...] at times your instinct is to shade your eyes."

Compared to Slut: A Play, I didn't read anything in The Wolves that was "scary" or had much "raw adolescence" and definitely nothing that would make me want to shade my eyes. 



Wikipedia's reference to period gossip is referring to #7, #8, and #14 encouraging, with sexual overtones, #2 to switch to tampons:

#2. (terrified) what if like my pad falls out?
#7. you still use those?
#14. you gotta get off of those [...] you want a ? cause I can get you one
#2. no | thank you
#8. it's not so hard | you just like | pop! [...]
#7. (with the super plus)
#14. (oh my god yes)
#7. little perv
#14. hahaha | hahaha | hahaha

Wikipedia's reference to "talk of boyfriends" is in reference to when #7 and #14 met Dan, #7's boyfriend and Dan's friend, "some college guy", during Dan's Thanksgiving break from college:

#7. "I am so fucking pumped [...] we're going to my dad's ski house | and that asshole won't be there | and he has like a fully stocked bar" 

But #14 was upset after #7 left her alone with the "college guy": #14. yeah but you just like | you abandoned me | to go FUCK your stupid FUCKING boyfriend!! | so / very LOUDLY!


The cast of The Wolves from the Theatre Royal | Stratford East Production
A high school coed having loud sex with a college student is a smaller age-gap than say a high school student's attraction to a former professional European soccer player or a middle-aged A-List actor.

In reference to Coach Mikhail, who played professional soccer in Croatia or Czech Republic, #14 opined: I think he's sorta sexy
#8. he's like 45!!
#14. so's Jude Law

Interestingly, #7 had a preference for referring to her teammates as sluts. For example, when #14 shared that she forgot her bikini, she said: guess I'll just have to SKINNY DIP. #7 replied: (with love and delight) you total fucking slut. And in another scene, #7 greeted her teen teammates with: what's up sluts. Thus, unsurprisingly, in reference to teen oral sex, #7 opined: it was just a fucking b / lowjob.

In the end, possibly the most interesting item from the book is the Gertrude Stein quote: "We are always the same age inside."

Monday, December 24, 2018

Famous Teleiophile & Lipstick Lesbian: Holiday Golightly



I wrote in The Allure of Nymphets that in Truman Capote's Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Holiday Golightly married a much older man at the age of thirteen, she lived with a college jock at the age of fifteen, and at the age of eighteen she stated,“I can’t get excited by a man until he’s at least forty-two.” Now that's a teleiophile!



But I was really shocked when a teen lipstick lesbian on the MTV's Skins (S01E02) masturbated to a picture of Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) from the film adaptation of the novella.



Interestingly, Rebecca Renner wrote in The Paris Review post "Was Holly Golightly Bisexual?": 

"The name Holly Golightly is synonymous with sex and sophistication, but viewers may not know as much about her as they think." You can write that again. 

Renner shared this Golightly quote from the novella: 

“Of course people couldn’t help but think I must be a bit of a dyke myself. And of course I am [...] So what? That never discouraged a man yet, in fact it seems to goad them on.”

And this excerpt from a 1968 Truman Capote Playboy interview:

[...] the interviewer asked Capote, “Was Holly a Lesbian?”

“Of course, there’s a Lesbian component in every woman, but what intrigues me is the heterosexual male’s fascination with Lesbians,” Capote answered. 

Thus, just like there is an allure of nymphets, there is also an allure of (nymphet) lipstick lesbians