Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Famous Ephebophile: Peter Arno | The NEW YORKER Cartoonist and the Nymphet Debutantes

Peter Arno and a young model in his (dining-room) studio (1949).

We shared in The Allure of Nymphets that J.D. Salinger was enraged  after he learned that Oona O'Neill, the love of his life, left him for Charlie Chaplin. O'Neill married 50-year-old Chaplin only days after her 18th birthday.

"You cad! You're not fit to touch the hem of her skirt." 
"Please sir! This isn't my table."

But before O'Neill married Chaplin, she dated Peter Arno - the New Yorker cartoonist and (open) nympholept. 

Ben Schwartz wrote in his Vanity Fair feature “The Double Life of Peter Arno, *The New Yorker’*s Most Influential Cartoonist” (APRIL 5, 2016): 

“In 1942, [38-year-old Peter] Arno dated his last “Debutante of the Year,” Oona O’Neill, 17-year-old daughter of Eugene O’Neill and future wife of Charlie Chaplin. “Oona only slept with two men before she married Chaplin,” says her biographer, Jane Scovell—“Peter Arno and Orson Welles. She was looking for older men [...]”  

"Do you have the same thing in a cook?" 
"Gee, Mr. Payson! Mere words can't express my appreciation - I guess."

And Schwartz shared that prior to O'Neill, 34-year-old Arno dated 17-year-old Brenda Diana Duff Frazier - the original celebutante.

But despite Arno's highly publicized age-gap affairs, he was more famous for his cartoons that often depicted old(er) men attempting to seduce young women. 

"Why, George Carter! What keeps you in town?"
"Good Lord, Hawkins! You might at least have said, 'Ahem'!"


Saturday, July 11, 2020

PALO ALTO (2013): Teen (Outdoor) Oral, Teen Orgies, and Teacher-Student Affairs


IMDb posted a brief plot summary for Palo Alto (2013): The life and struggles of a group of adolescents living in Palo Alto.

No worries. We'll provide some details. The film is based on James Franco's Palo Alto: Stories but, per the credits, it was written and directed by Gia Coppola. Coppola relied heavily on the novel for the dialogue but, taking advantage of the allure of nymphets, she took some liberties with some of the scenes. 


In the opening scene, Fred asked Teddy what he would do if he could go back in time. Teddy replied that he would be a king, "And I’d fuck every virgin in the kingdom."


A little over a minute later, the following conversation took place among the stretching coed soccer players:

Chrissy: "Oh, I’m so wet. Not in a good way, either. Mr. B’s [her teacher and soccer coach (James Franco)] a hottie though."

Shauna: "Fuck, I know. Too bad he wants to get in with April."

Chrissy: "I’d go for it if I were you."

April: "Guys, that’s so awkward. I babysit his kid."

Shauna: "So?"

Chrissy wagered: "I bet he makes a really ugly face when he comes."


In one of her first deviations from the book and taking advantage of the allure of nymphets, at the 7:16 mark in the film, Coppola decided to have April (Emma Roberts) dance on a bed in a satin mini chemise. April bounced upon the bed seductively while she raised her mini slip and lowered a strap to fully expose her bra. 



Like in the book, the teens played Never Have I Ever, but in the book, the game revealed that Emily had sex at school and that she had a threesome and and foursome. However, in the film, Shauna described how to play Never Have I Ever:


“You just say, “Never Have I Ever and then if you’ve done the thing you have to drink [...] Um, never have I ever given Seth Monkarsh a blowjob during free period in the senior parking lot.”

“Drink up, Chrissy.”

After Chrissy drank, she said, “Okay fine, my turn. Um, hmm. Never have I ever kissed my uncle.”

To which Shauna said slyly before she drank from her red plastic cup, “Are you fucking serious? That was private.”


The game revealed that Chrissy participated in a teen "lesbianic experience" as well. But Chrissy's blowjob in the senior parking lot and her teen lipstick lesbian "experience" and Shauna's incestuous kiss were not in the book. Why did Coppola add those to the film? That's a rhetorical question.


However, in the book and the film, Emily gave Teddy a blowjob in the bedroom of Shauna's parents. Poolside the next day, Chrissy shared, “Emily blew Teddy last night in your parent’s bedroom.” To which Shauna replied, “She will suck any dick that anyone puts in her face.” (To clarify, Teddy didn't put his d_ck in Emily's face. Emily put Teddy's d_ck in her face."



In another interesting deviation from the book, “Cock 4 dayz” was "written" in those preschool magnetic letters on an appliance in Shauna's house. Why?


While babysitting, April said to Michael - Mr. B’s son, “Come on, enough of this [video] game. Let’s watch a movie.” Michael said, “I don’t think I’m allowed to watch this movie [i.e., Fast Times at Ridgemont High ].” Subsequently, a topless teen on the screen elicited a “Whao” from the elementary school aged Micheal.


After another babysitting session, Mr. B kissed April.

“I really like you.” Mr. B confessed.

“I really like you.” April confessed.

“Yeah but, I’m older and I know that there aren’t a lot of good things around, and I know you are really good.” Mr. B said to which April responded by returning his kiss. 



In another scene that wasn't in the book, Coppola directed Fred to push Emily down by the shoulders and demand, “Tell me you love me,” before Emily gave him a blowjob in her parent’s backyard. 


However, the following voice-over from that scene is from the book:


Emily didn’t have any friends [...] The only person she knew was me [...] One afternoon we went to Jason King’s house [...] Jason’s parents were gone [...] We were drinking sodas and vodka and smoking pot. [...] I got her into Jason’s parents’ bed and got her naked. The guys lined up outside the bedroom door. [...] We went in two or three at a time. Everyone fucked her [...] She gave me a blowjob. I asked if she liked it. She said she did [...] 


Back at Mr. B’s house, the following conversation took place:

April: "Why don’t you talk to me at school anymore?"

Mr. B: "You know why."

April: "Yeah, but you can at least be nice to me and not ignore me. I mean, it’s like you don’t even like me anymore."

Mr. B, committing a age-gap relationship faux pas: "Are you kidding me. April I love you."

April, perplexed: “What? That doesn’t even make sense [...] I have to go.”

Mr. B reiterated: “April I love you [...] You can say you’re babysitting all the time and come over.”

April: “I should be hanging out with boys my own age." 

Mr. B: “Why? Why do you wanna hang out with a bunch of little boys. You’re better than that. Just be with me."

But it was no use. April left. 


In the bathroom between classes, Shauna complimented Chrissy, “Your tits are seriously huge today!” Chrissy, “I know, right?” Shauna, “They look amazing.” But that dialogue was not in the book. We would love to know Coppola's inspiration.


After losing the soccer game, Mr. B consoled a crying Raquel (Margaret Qualley). “Consequently, April said, “Raquel is such a cry baby [...] I mean, do you even think she’s pretty.” Shauna opined, “Raquel? Yeah, she’s fucking gorgeous.”



Despite their previous conversation ending on a sour note, after the game, April went back to Mr. B’s where they had sex on her teacher's sofa.  


But after Micheal beat April in a Mortal Kombat match, he said, “I get two cookies, because I won.”

“Says who?”

“Raquel.”

“Raquel?”

“Raquel’s my other babysitter [...]”


Interestingly, the book inferred that Mr. B and Raquel had an age-gap affair too, but the film made it apparent. Mr. B pleaded, “Look, what happened between me and Raquel, it’s nothing, okay? [...] You broke up with me. And we weren’t talking to each other. Can I see you?”

April replied, “No. No, I’m not coming over there anymore.” Did April really mean it that time?


Lastly, there was some speculation that Franco's Instagram scandal was a publicity stunt for this film, but that doesn't appear to be true. Tom Shone of The Guardian gave the teen film 3 out of 5 starts and opined that Coppola had an "eye for cool composition". And Franco's Rabbit Bandini was the film's production company.





Thursday, July 9, 2020

Snapchat's LOVE DON'T JUDGE: Age-Gap Couples | "I Had A Baby With My Classmate's Dad"



In a previous post, we wrote about @agegaplife, which is an Instagram account that profiles age-gap relationships. Not to be outdone, Snapchat's Love Don't Judge is a Snap Original that highlights age-gap relationships. 


One episode is titled "He's Not My Grandfather, He's My Husband" and another is titled "I Had A Baby With My Classmate's Dad".

Monday, July 6, 2020

DARE ME: A Novel: Teen Cheerleader Sex and Seduction


We've written about Dare Me's USA television series adaptation. And we've written about Megan Abbott's, the author's, other novel The End of Everything. Now we'll peruse Dare Me - the novel.

Here's part of the novel's plot summary from the author's website:

Addy Hanlon has always been Beth Cassidy's best friend and trusted lieutenant. Beth calls the shots and Addy carries them out, a long-established order of things that has brought them to the pinnacle of their high-school careers. Now they're seniors who rule the intensely competitive cheer squad, feared and followed by the other girls -- until the young new coach [Coach Colette French] arrives [...] The raw passions of girlhood are brought to life in this taut, unflinching exploration of friendship, ambition, and power. 

The novel is very similar to the series but with some interesting changes. For example, a lipstick lesbian affair between Beth and Addy could be inferred in the novel, but it was apparent in the series. 

A popular fetish is fantasizing about teen cheerleaders. And Addy, the novel's 16-year-old narrator, shared: "All those misty images of cheerleaders frolicking in locker rooms, pom-poms sprawling over bare bud breasts. All those endless fantasies and dirty boy-dreams, they're all true, in a way."


By page 16, the first example of an age-gap affair appears: "Brinnie's slutty sister got caught making out with the assistant custodian [...]"

Addy shared some bawdy details about Beth: "She rides horses, has a secret library of erotic literature [...] In eighth grade, no, summer after, at a beer party, Beth put her scornful little-girl mouth on Ben Trammel, you know where. [...] He was grinning, holding her head down, gripping her hair [...]

Like in the USA series, Beth made a wager with RiRi, her cheer mate, to see who could be the first to seduce Sarge Will, an on-campus military recruiter, who was described as: "[...] handsome in a way unfamiliar to us. A grown-up man, a man in real life." 

RiRi tried: "[...] leaning [...] arms pressed tight against either side of her breasts, framing them V-like and drawing one foot up her other leg, like she says men like." However, Beth said, "I find they [i.e., men] like it when I lift my cheer skirt over my head."

In addition, to RiRi and Beth, Addy shared: "All the [high school] girls are hurling themselves at him [...]"


Addy shared: "Beth is the dark mistress of such nights and seems always to know where the secret house party is [...] [where] college boys are so glad for girls like us, who never ask them even one question ever." 

Recently, we wrote about summer camp teen sexcapades; thus, it wasn't surprising to learn that, the summer after seventh grade, Beth received a "ringlet of hickeys from a counselor". But we were shocked to learn of girls sharing stories of "kissing their babysitters"!

Like in the USA series, the cheerleaders, including the 14-year-old JV cheerleaders, attended a hotel party with members of the military: "Because it's all okay because these are [Sarge] Will's men [...] one of them is pressing our heads together, wanting us to kiss [...] the Comfort Inn on Haber Road! - better still these men, grown men, Guardsmen [...]" And Addy narrated: "Who am I not to curl under their hard, angled arms?" 

In the USA series, with her consent, Corporal Prine, performed oral sex on Beth. But in the novel, Beth performed oral sex on Corporal Prine: "[He put his] hand on the back of my head and shoved it down there and kept saying, "Do me, cheerleader. Do me." But very interestingly, Beth said, "I made him make me. And he did. Can you believe he did?" And Beth shared that she and the Corporal had sex: "He held my head, he bent my legs back, he did it to me, Coach."  

Beth, the high school cheerleader's captain, had some interesting motivational techniques: "Give 'em the best blow-job smile you got. Turn it on, on, on." And: "Brace those arms. Bolt those knees. Look at that crowd like you're about to give them the best piece of ass they ever had. Sell it."

In the end, the bet between RiRi and Beth about who could be the first to seduce Sarge Will led to a death.


Lastly, from the author's website: "Award-winning novelist Megan Abbott, writing with what Tom Perrotta has hailed as "total authority and an almost desperate intensity," provides a harrowing glimpse into the dark heart of the all-American girl."

And New York Magazine opined in the Highbrow\Brilliant section of "The Approval Matrix" (August 6, 2012): "Megan Abbott's Dare Me hurtles past the glitter and angst of high school cheerleading, right to the bruising inner-struggles of adolescence."


Friday, July 3, 2020

Instagram's Age Gap Life



Have age gap relationships (finally) gone mainstream? Maybe, because Hayley Richardson, of the The Daily Mail, wrote a positive post about @agegaplife - an Instagram account that profiles age gap couples. 



Richardson wrote of the Instagram account: 

They say love has no boundaries, and that's certainly the case for these devoted couples who share age gaps of up to 30 years.

The lovebirds from around the world have shared their stories online to break the negative stereotypes around their age difference. 

Posting photos on the Instagram page @agegaplife, couples from all walks of life revealed the romantic tales behind their first meeting.

Lexie & Juan | 16 Year Age Gap

Lexie and Juan have been together for two years. They met when Lexie was 18 and Juan was 34. Lexie shared of Juan: "He's the best thing in my life."

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Famous Age-Gap Relationship: Dan Brown (56) & Judith Pietersen (20s)


We've written a number of posts about writers such as J.D. Salinger, and Erica Davies wrote about novelist Dan Brown in her post "CRACKED THE CODE Dan Brown ‘gave glamorous [young] mistress a $350,000 stallion and gift is key part of bitter divorce battle with ex-wife’" (2 Jul 2020) for The Sun:


The Da Vinci Code author's ex-wife Blythe Brown has accused him of having an affair with their former horse trainer, Judith Pietersen, in a lawsuit filed on Monday in New Hampshire.

Pietersen, who is in her 20s, met the couple [seven years ago] in 2013 when she flew from Holland to the US to train their horses. [We couldn't find an exact age for Pietersen, but it's very possible that she was a teen when she first started working for the Browns.]

The dressage rider isn't explicitly named in the lawsuit, but Blythe describes her ex's alleged mistress as a "young Horse trainer from Holland" and appears to reference her using the initials JP.


The 56-year-old novelist, an equestrian enthusiast, donated horses, a two-horse transportation truck, and a car to Pietersen in addition to paying for her training stable, Blythe claims in her lawsuit.

One of those gifts is supposedly a prize-winning stallion worth nearly $350,000 named LimiTed Edition.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982): I was 13. It’s Just [Teen] Sex



Per IMDb, Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) is about: A group of Southern California high school students [...] enjoying their most important subjects: sex, drugs, and rock n' roll.

The film doesn't have a lot of rock n' roll, it does contain some drugs, but there's a lot of [teen] sex. And two age-gap relationships. 

Four minutes into the teen comedy, the following conversation took place at a pizza parlor in Ridgemont Mall between between Stacy, a 15-year-old high school sophomore, and Ron Johnson, a 26-year-old audio consultant.

Ron Johnson: “You look like you could still be in high school.”
Stacy: “Yeah,  I know. Everybody says that.”
Ron Johnson: “How old are you?”
Stacy: “19. How old are you?”
Ron Johnson: “26. Do you think we could still be friends?”
Stacy: “So what can I get for you?”
Ron Johnson: “How about a meatball sandwich, a medium Coke, and your phone number?"


After work, Stacy shared with Linda, her co-worker and schoolmate, that Ron gave her his business card, but that she was hesitant about giving him a call. Linda adjured Stacy to call Ron, and Linda shared with Stacy that she had sex when she 13 and that it was no big deal because, "It's just sex." 

Linda: "Why don’t you call him?"
Stacy: "I can’t."
Linda: "Yes, you can. Guys love that sort of thing."
Stacy: "Really?"
Linda: "Yes. Stacy, what are you waiting for? You’re 15-years-old. I did it when I was 13. It’s no huge thing. It’s just sex."

By the way, Linda is having an age-gap affair with Doug: "He’s no high school boy."


During lunch in Ridgemont High's cafeteria, Linda was flabbergasted to learn that Stacy didn't know how to give a blowjob. Consequently, to the delight of the high school boys, Linda taught Stacy how to perform fellatio on a carrot.


Linda, "You’ve never given a blow job? Never? Stace, there’s nothing to it. It’s so easy. Relax your throat muscles. Don’t bite. And slide it in. Good. Push it slowly in and out. You got it!"


After taking Linda's advice to call Ron, Stacy had a rendezvous with the audio consultant. Consequently, Ron drove Stacy to a baseball field and took her virginity in the dugout after he asked, "Are you really 19?" Stacy lied, "Yeah, yeah I am. I’m really 19."


(Note: IRL, if Stacy had reported Ron for (statutory) rape, almost no one would have believed that Stacy told Ron that she was 19.)

In school, Stacy shared with Linda, "[...] it hurt so bad." To which Linda consoled, "Don’t worry. Keep doing it. It gets a lot better. I swear."


Interestingly, Amy Heckerling, the film's director, made full use of the allure of nymphets by showing both the Stacy and Linda topless. 

Per Wikipedia, Fast Times at Ridgemont High was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". And the film cost $5 million to make, but it made $50 million.


Lastly, the film is based on Cameron Crowe's book Fast Times at Ridgemont High: A True Story.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

THE MORNING SHOW: Powerless Young(er) Women in Sexual Choices?


"Oh God. You think because you're older than me and technically my superior [...], I can't have decided to f_ck you without being taken advantage of? What, because you're the big powerful [...] man, I lose all agency in my sexual choices?" 
Claire Conway The Morning Show (s01e04)

Thursday, June 25, 2020

ANGUS, THONGS AND FULL-FRONTAL SNOGGING: Teen Threesome with DiCaprio & Brad Pitt


Here's Amazon's description of Louise Rennison's Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson:

Her dad's got the mentality of a Teletubby (only not so developed). Her cat, Angus, is trying to eat the poodle next door. And her best friend thinks she looks like an alien - just because she accidentally shaved off her eyebrows. Ergghhhlack. Still, add a little boy-stalking, teacher-baiting, and full-frontal snogging with a Sex [g]od, and Georgia's year just might turn out to be the most fabbitty fab fab ever!

The YA novel, which is filled with teleiophilia, starts off by Georgia exclaiming: "I am fourteen years old [...] I am bursting with womanhood, I wear a bra!" 

While they were "lolling about" on Georgia's "[...] bed, listening to the Top Forty [...]", Ellen, Georgia's schoolmate, shared, "I went to a Christmas party at my cousin's last year and this boy from Liverpool was there. I think he was a sailor. Anyway, he was nineteen or something, and he brought some mistletoe and kissed me."

Georgia desperately wanted to know what Ellen did with her tongue. 

She [Ellen] said, "I can't really remember. It was a bit tickly and it didn't last long, but I liked it, I think. He was quite nice, but he had a girlfriend and I suppose he thought I was just a little thirteen-year-old who hadn't been around much."


While in Jennings', a shop, "[...] a Sex [g]od came out of the back room. I swear he was so gorgeous it made you blink and open your mouth like a goldfish [...] I wonder how old he is? I must become more mature quickly. I'll start tomorrow." 

Georgia opined that Herr Kamyer, her German and physics teacher and the only male teacher, was "the only bright spot" in her all-girls' school. And when Kamyer was out with a cold, Georgia's reaction was, "Double damn. When am I going to have any fun? Sacré blue."

Jackie, another schoolmate, changed in a "loo" in a park out of her school uniform into a satin crop top and tight trousers before she shared with Georgia, "I've got a date with the DJ at Loveculture - he's so cool. I think he's about thirty but I like mature men." 

13-year-old Georgia considered making a Faustian bargain: "[...] like swap my dad's soul in exchange for bigger breasts for the party on Friday."

Georgia had a sleepover with Jas - another schoolmate. The nymphets looked through Georgia's bedroom window to see if they could see into Mr. Next Door's bedroom. Georgia and Jas wanted to see what the man next door wore to bed. 

Georgia walked up to Mark who was smoking near a phone box. Georgia described what happened next: [...] he threw his cigarette down [...] he just kissed me right on the open mouth [...] Also, he put his tongue in my mouth, which was a bit of a surprise [...] And he put his hand on my breast! [...]" However, ironically after that, Mark informed Georgia, "[...] I think you're too young for me. I'm going back to Ella because she lets me do things to her. Sorry, see you later."


Georgia shared one her dreams:

[...] in the privacy of the changing room I began to get undressed [...] When I got down to my (well-filled D-cup) bra and knickers I was startled to find someone had come into the room. It was Leonardo DiCaprio [...] Then he started covering my quivering [...] body with kisses. Just then someone else came in [...] Leo said, "It's OK, it's only Brad," and Brad Pitt came and joined us." 

Why is a thong mentioned in the YA novel's title - you may ask? Well, in addition to Mr. [Man] Next Door, Georgia and Jas spied on Lindsay. This is what they saw: "Lindsay emerged from the bathroom with her hair all scraped back from her face and wearing a bra and thong [...] Lindsay didn't have any hair on her womanly parts! [...] She got some sort of pink rubber things and put them in her bra underneath her "breasts." The rubber things pushed up her "breasts" and made it look like she had a cleavage."

At a pajama party sleepover, Georgia and her schoolmates: "[...] decided to dare each other. It started off with taking your knickers (i.e., panties) off and putting them on your head and so on, and then I dared Sarah to go and stand on the garden wall and drop her pajama trousers and knickers (i.e., panties). She did." In addition, Georgia ran, in the nude, down the block and back. 

It was revealed later in the YA novel that the Sex [g]od's name was Robbie. Georgia further described him as: "[...] all muscly and dark and ooohhhhh." [Emphasis mine] Georgia cut school and returned home after her Mum and little sister left to await the Sex [g]od's  arrival. But after Robbie entered Georgia's home, to her dismay, he said, "[...] I am attracted to you [...] but I can't go out with you [...] Because you're too young [i.e., 14-years-old]. I'm nearly eighteen - it wouldn't be right, it would be like cradle-snatching."

After Robbie left, Georgia thought: "To young for him. Oh merde merde merd, double merde. However, two days later the persistent nymphet slash teleiophile uttered: "Eureka!!! I've got it!!! [...] There is a way I can convince Robbie that I am more mature than my fourteen years....I have to dye a blond streak in my hair." 



Well, based on one of Rennison's subsequent volumes, On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God, Georgia got her man.

Lastly, per Wikipedia, Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Bronze Award, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award and was voted #127 in the BBC's Big Read poll to find the UK's favourite book. It was also named a Printz Honor book in 2001.

 




Tuesday, June 23, 2020

STATE VS NATASHA BANINA (2020): A (Zoom) Play About a Teen's Obsession with a Reporter



Here's the slightly misleading Story for State vs Natasha Banina from the Arlekin Players website:

In State vs Natasha Banina (based on Natasha’s Dream by Yaroslava Pulinovich), a girl tells the story of her life in a small-town orphanage, and her desire to be free; break out of her world. From the inside of a “ZOOM” court room, she will make twists and turns through her unique appeal to audiences as the jurors, letting them into her world where she dreams about love, family, acceptance, adjusting and her future. Ultimately the two worlds collide and you get to decide her fate.


But Maya Phillips, in her New York Times review, gives a much better summary of the play, which is about: "[...]  the testimony of Natasha Banina (Denisova), a Russian teenage orphan being tried for manslaughter [...] And here’s when things got bad, she tells us: When she met a journalist who took an interest in covering her hardships at the orphanage, she became infatuated with him, then obsessed, until she was driven to commit a crime of passion. At the end, the audience votes on her fate: guilty or not guilty?

The reporter interviewed 16-year-old Natasha after she, on a dare from another teen, jumped out of the third floor window of the orphanage. 

After Natasha meet the reporter, she referred to him as, "My throb". She shared that he made her heart go, "Boom. Boom. Boom." When she didn't see him for days, she exclaimed, "I'm dying! I want to see him so bad!" Later, when she went to visit the reporter at the paper, she opined, "God he's cute." And she watched him write, "Like a novelist's wife."

Although the reporter said, "Natasha, you have beautiful eyes." Natasha waited for him to kiss her, but assumed that he didn't because he was, "Afraid, I wasn't 18 yet."

In the end, the Zoom jury had to decide if Natasha was guilty or innocent of attempted manslaughter for what she did to the reporter's privileged companion whom Natasha referred to as, "Bitch. Bitch. Slut. [...] What right does she have to take him away from me?[...] I had him first!"

State vs Natasha Banina is New York Times Critics' Pick.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

BLUSH (2019): Writhing & Thrusting Middle School Nymphets



IMDb describes Blush (2019) as:  The sexual, psychological, and moral unraveling of an obsessive-compulsive suburban mom.

One minute and forty-five seconds into the film, which was written and directed by Debra Eisenstadt, Cathy and Matthew went to Lincoln Middle School to see Tara, their 13-year-old daughter, dance in a Fall Fair performance. 


Blush's opening scene reminded me of Lawrence Downes' New York Times (Dec. 29, 2006) editorial in which he described what he witnessed at a Long Island middle school talent show where the nymphets were: "[...] in teams of three or four [...] in tiny skirts or tight shorts, with bare bellies, rouged cheeks and glittery eyes."

Downes wrote that it was hard for him "to erase the images" of middle school girls (i.e., sixth, seventh and eighth graders) writhing, strutting, shaking their bottoms, splaying their legs, and thrusting their chests on the stage of a Long Island middle school while Janet Jackson sang, “Don’t stop don’t stop. Jerk it like you’re making it choke [...] Ohh. I’m so stimulated. Feel so X-rated.” In addition, Downes was surprised that the parents of the pre-teens cheered and applauded the "eroticized" performances.


And the opening scene in Blush reminded me of an episode of #blackAF (S01E03) when Joya Barris (Rashida Jones) happened upon Izzy, her 13-year-old daughter, dancing provocatively in a hot pink crop top and a pair of jean shorts, which were rolled up to make them even shorter. Izzy was accompanied by two other dancing nymphets - all of whom were filming a video to be posted on Izzy's Instagram account. Needless to say, Izzy's mother was mortified. 


But unlike, Downes, Izzy's mother, and Tara's mother, Matthew appeared to enjoy his writhing and thrusting daughter and her team of provocatively dancing nymphets. 

Per Deadline, Blush premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.