Saturday, April 19, 2014

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS: Nymphet & Teacher on Teacher's Bed

Pretty Little Liars S04E18 Aria and Mr. Fitz

I wrote in The Allure of Nymphets that like in literature, there are a number of television shows and movies that have a female high school student in a romantic relationship with one of her (English) teachers. I first saw the theme on One Tree Hill about ten years ago and most recently on the hugely popular ABC Family teen drama, Pretty Little Liars

On the show, 16-year-old brunette Aria met Ezra at a bar, kissed him and “made out” with him in the bar’s bathroom. The next day she found out that Eric was actually Mr. Fitz, her new English teacher. Aria and Mr. Fitz continued to make out in subsequent episodes for over four seasons in places like his car and apartment. 

You may be asking yourself, “How can a television show get away with portraying a 16-year-old in a relationship with her English teacher?” The answer is easy. Pretty Little Liars is set in Pennsylvania where the age of consent is, you guessed it, 16. The writers strategically set the show in Pennsylvania, so they could legally shock its viewers. 

And if you're intrigued by the television show, you'll find the novels fascinating. 

In the beginning of chapter three of volume one, Hanna, who is described as the most sought-after girl at Rosewood Day high school and her best friend, Mona Vanderwaal, were sipping red wine at the French-inspired cafe, Rive Gauch, in the King James Mall. 

While they were inconceivably enjoying their drinks and “comparing Vogue to Teen Vogue,” Hanna noticed a “fortysomething guy staring lecherously at them,” so she decided it would be a good idea to have a “Lolita” moment.

“We should flash him.” Mona suggested before the teens slowly pulled up the hems of their sky-high minis and revealed their panties to the “... regular Humbert Humbert.”  

“You know that guy had a boner,” Mona presumed as the middle-aged man dashed away after he spilled his drink. 

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Why Teens Indulge in Risk-Taking e.g., Girls Gone Wild Videos...

The New York Magazine article The Collateral Damage of a Teenager that was excerpted from All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood by Jennifer Senior reiterated what I wrote in The Allure of Nymphets and on this blog about the history of childhood in America. 

The article states:

Yes, it’s a physiologically distinct phenomenon, too, accompanied by discernible biological changes. But it was “discovered” in the middle of the Progressive Era (in 1904, specifically, by the educator Stanley Hall), which happened to be the same moment the nation was passing myriad laws to protect its young. For the first time, parents were obliged to shelter and support older children, rather than rely on them as wage earners. And what they concluded, after observing these kids for extended periods of time at close range, is that their teenagers were going through a terrible period of “storm and stress.”

And that “storm and stress” can have dire consequences for the parents and the children. As for the children, the article states:

From an evolutionary perspective, it makes sense that adolescents might be more disposed toward risk. Human beings need incentives to leave the family nest. Leaving home is dangerous. But here’s a historical point to consider: Maybe adolescents would be less inclined to jump off roofs and other manners of silliness if they had more positive and interesting ways to express their risk-­taking selves. That was the argument the anthropologist Margaret Mead made in the sixties: The sheltered lives of modern adolescents were robbing them of an improvisational “as-if” period during which they could safely experiment with who they’d ultimately become. (Without romanticizing life in the past, the historian Steven Mintz notes that Eli Whitney opened his own nail factory before going to Yale at 16, and Herman Melville dropped out of school at 12 to work “in his uncle’s bank, as a clerk in a hat store, as a teacher, a farm laborer, and a cabin boy on a whaling ship—all before the age of 20.”)

As for the parents:

For parents, however, the picture is a good deal more complicated. In 1994, Steinberg published Crossing Paths, one of the few extensive accounts of how parents weather the transition of their firstborns into puberty, based on a longitudinal study he conducted of more than 200 families. Forty percent of his sample suffered a decline in mental health once their first child entered adolescence. Respondents reported feelings of rejection and low self-worth; a decline in their sex lives; increases in physical symptoms of distress.

Thus, the invention of childhood has caused negative consequences for parents and their children. Parents experience a decline in mental health and children indulge in risk-taking like making (Middle School) Girls Gone Wild YouTube videos.

Famous Ephebophile: Artist Sir Peter Paul Rubens

Nabokov wrote in Lolita, "A normal man given a group photograph of school girls or Girls Scouts and asked to point out the comeliest one will not necessarily choose the nymphet among them. You have to be an artist ..."

And that is exactly what 53-year-old artist Sir Peter Paul Rubens did when he "pointed out" 16-year-old Hélène Fourment. 

The Flemish Baroque painter and the nymphet had four sons and seven daughters. 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

12-Year Old Thylane Blondeau: The New (Nude) Kate Moss/Brooke Shields

Thylane Blondeau for Jalouse

12-year-old French model Thylane Blondeau is on the cover of the April 2014 issue of Jalouse, a French fashion and culture magazine. Her photograph is conservative by secular standards; however, the hashtag #BORN 2001 and the words LA NOUVELLE KATE MOSS on the cover are controversial. The hashtag confirms the fact that Blondeau is a pre-teen model and that she's following in the footsteps of supermodel Kate Moss.

I wrote in The Allure of Nymphets about how 18-year-old Kate Moss appeared nude in a Calvin Klein Obsession for Men magazine advertisement and how she related in a Vanity Fair interview that when she was 16 she was told by a representative of Face magazine that if she didn't get nude, "...we’re not going to book you again." Thus, the fact that Jalouse is using Blondeau's pre-teen age as a selling point and that she is expected to follow in the footsteps of Kate Moss is revealing. 

18-year-old Kate Moss

Furthermore, Blondeau's behind the scenes Twitter picture is additionally revealing. Blondeau's pose is the picture is exactly like the pose Brooke Shields held in a 1981 Calvin Klein commercial when she was 15-years-old. This is what I wrote about the commercial in The Allure of Nymphets:

In one commercial, the camera panned up her maroon cowboy boots, then up the right leg of her Calvin Klein skinny jeans, then slowly across her crotch before finally stopping at her young face. With her crotch still within view, due to her legs being spread completely open, Brooke looked seductively into the camera and said, “You wanna know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.” Thereby, letting the viewers know that her fifteen-year-old crotch, which I am confident the viewers could not take their eyes off of, was sans panties.

Thylane Blondeau's Twitter Picture

Lastly, Thylane Blondeau's recent pictures in Jalouse are considered by some to be tame in comparison to her pictures that were published in a 2011 issue of Vogue. The photographs caused a major stir, because despite the fact that Blondeau was only 10-years-old, she had on make-up, adult clothes, jewelry, and stilettos.

Interestingly, when one is reminded that childhood is a relatively recent invention, Blondeau's pictures don't seem as controversial. And clearly, Jalouse, Face, Calvin KleinMarc Jacobs Marie Claire and Vogue realize how powerful the allure of nymphets is and has chosen to capitalize on the seductiveness of nubiles. 

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Famous Ephebophile: James Franco - On and Off the Screen

Figure 1.

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

James Franco and Lucy Clode Selfie (Figure 2)

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

This is how their conversation went:

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

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

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

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Saturday, April 5, 2014

Shakespeare's OTHELLO: The White Nymphet & Old Black General

Desdemona and Othello
In The Allure of Nymphets I shared the following sonnet from William Shakespeare, which is about a disappointing love affair with a young girl. The sonnet extols the wonders of youth:

Crabbed age and youth cannot live together:
Youth is full of pleasure, age is full of care;
Youth like summer morn, age like winter weather;
Youth like summer brave, age like winter bare.
Youth like full of sport, age’s breath is short;
Youth is nimble, age is lame;
Youth is hot and bold, age is weak and cold;
Youth is wild, and age is tame.

Age, I do abhor thee; youth, I adore thee...

In addition, Shakespeare extols the wonders of youth in Othello via an age-discrepant marriage between Othello, a North African general of the armies of Venice, and Desdemona, the "exquisitely beautiful" young daughter of Brabantio, a Venetian senator. 

Shakespeare doesn't give the exact ages of Othello and Desdemona, but Othello is described by Iago, the villain of the play, as an "...old black ram..." while Desdemona is described as a "... little white lamb...[with] beautiful skin, whiter than snow and smooth as the finest marble."

Othello and Desdemona feared that, due to Othello's race and age, they wouldn't get the blessing of her father; thus, they eloped. Roderigo, a young jealous admirer of Desdemona informed her father, "...but in the wee hours of the morning your daughter left your go into the rough embrace of a lustful Moor." (I wrote in The Allure of Nymphets that young men and older women are understandably the most opposed to ephebophiles and teleiophiles.)

Thus it was assumed that Othello seduced Desdemona. It was unconscionable that she wanted to get married. Desdemona's father even suggested that Othello used magic, trickery and/or drugs to seduce Desdemona. He said, "Are there magic spells that can lead young virgins astray? It's obvious to everyone that you you've tricked her, drugged her, or kidnapped her."

Othello is reminder that looks are not nearly as unimportant to nymphets as they are to ephebophiles. Even Brabantio made that mistake. He asked, "And you want me to believe that despite her young age and proper upbringing she fell in love with a man she'd be afraid to look at?" Iago opined, "To keep things hot, she'll need someone with a handsome face, someone close to her in age, someone who looks and acts like her." But Brabantio and Iago failed to understand that it was Othello's high self-confidence, self-esteem, and power (i.e., self-control) that attracted Desdemona.

After Desdemona convinced her father that it was her idea to marry Othello, he was forced to give their marriage his blessing; however, that didn't prevent Iago and Roderigo from doing everything within their power to end the age-discrepant marriage.

Note: I used the No Fear Shakespeare translation of Othello.

SARA (1997): A Polish Nymphet's Unrequited Love

Sara (1997)

Here's the plot summary posted on IMDB for Sara (1997):

The forty-something Leon [Boguslaw Linda] who used to be with special forces is now an alcoholic after his wife left him. He gets a call to meet a mobster who's looking for a bodyguard. When he arrives the mobster refuses to hire him because he can tell he's an alcoholic, but when he saves his life a few minutes later, the gangster is very appreciative and gives Leon the job. He's not hired to protect the gangster, but the gangster's 16-year-old daughter, Sara [Agnieszka Wlodarczyk]. At first she is annoyed by him and is rebellious and won't cooperate with him, but when he saves her life and takes a bullet for her, she falls in love with him. She makes advances towards him telling him she wants him to be her man. Naturally he refuses her at first because he knows her father would kill him. Eventually he gives in and they become secret lovers. They're in love but how long can they continue their relationship before her father finds out? And what will he do when he finds out?

In The Allure of Nymphets, I wrote about what makes a man attractive to nymphets. The Polish film Sara (1997) is another reminder to ephebophiles that one of the best ways to increase a nymphet's attraction is to resist her initial advances. Leon repeatedly rejected Sara's advances until she literally begged him to take her. "Please," 16-year-old Sara said her middle-aged bodyguard, "I'll never do anything stupid. I'll only listen to you...I love you. I'll be with you forever. I'll have your children"

In contrast, her other bodyguard was too needy and unsurprisingly Sara rejected his advances. He said, "I know everything about you. I know how tall you are, how much you weigh, what your shoe size is, and your bra [size]...I even know when you have your period."

Note: Agnieszka Wlodarczyk was 16 when Sara was filmed. The age of consent in Poland is 15; however, Agnieszka's multiple nude scenes were (literally, but not figuratively) non-sexual. 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

BLACK MOON (1975): A Nymphet Breastfeeds the Old Lady

Black Moon (1975)
Unsurprisingly, Barbara Gordon related in Jennifer Fever that gay men have a preference for young men, but surprisingly lesbians don't have a preference for young women. And I wrote in The Allure of Nymphets that the only thing that a man likes more than a nymphet are two nymphets. 

However, a number of straight men have a preference for a genre of pornography that features teens with middle-aged women. Titles like Lesbian Seductions Older/Younger, Lesbian Adventures - Older Women, Younger Girls, and Mother Lovers Society are some of the most popular titles in pornography. The popularity of the genre may be due to the fact that the contrast in ages highlights the age of the younger women. The contrast appears to make the teens look even younger i.e., more attractive. 

Black Moon (1975) is a fantasy film that was written and directed by Louis Malle. (The French born filmmaker directed the very controversial Pretty Baby (1978) as well.) In Black Moon, among other strange occurrences, 15-year-old cleavage revealing Lily (Cathryn Harrison) chases a talking unicorn around the grounds of a 200-year-old manor house in France. (The house belongs to Malle.)

When Malle was asked to describe Black Moon he said, "I don't know how to describe Black Moon because it's a strange melange - if you want, it's a mythological fairy-tale [à la Alice in Wonderland]  taking place in the near future."

What is clear in the film is that Malle knows how to take advantage of the allure of a nymphet. Malle teases the viewer with Lisa's cleavage for over an hour before he has the nymphet unbutton the few remaining buttons of her white cotton shirt, wipe her small breasts clean with a dampened cotton ball, and from a scene straight out of Lesbian Adventures - Older WomenYounger Girls, the nymphet consolingly "breastfeeds" the Old Lady (Thérèse Giehse). Unsurprisingly, Black Moon was the winner of two French César Awards.

Note: The age of consent in France is 15 and since Cathryn Harrison's topless scene was shown in a non-sexual context, it was legal based on secular law. Although, what is considered to be non-sexual is subjective and sometimes the authorities disagree with artists.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS (1970): A Czechoslovakian Nymphet Everybody Wants

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)

The Czech New Wave film Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) [Czech: Valerie a týden divu] is another example of the worldwide nature of ephebophilia. This is the first time that we've written about ephebophilia in the Czech Republic.  

In this Czechoslovakian film, 13-year-old Valerie (Jaroslava Schallerová) is sought after by men and women - friends and relatives. For example, Valerie is saved from being aggressively seduced by the middle-aged priest by her magical earrings, she cured a beautiful topless family friend from the curse of a vampire by lavishing her with kisses and after she gave the earrings to her mother as a gift, her mother very passionately kissed the baby faced maiden.

Unlike a number of films, the dark haired nymphet is this film wasn't played by an older actress, despite her multiple (non-sexual) topless scenes, Jaroslava Schallerová was 13 when Valerie and Her Week of Wonders was filmed. (Coincidentally, the age of consent in the Czech Republic is 15.)

Interestingly, this film is considered one of the outstanding achievements of Czech new-wave cinema. The film received those accolades despite the fact that the star of the film is a topless 13-year-old, who is being seduced by middle-aged men and women - some of whom are her relatives (i.e. incest).

This film is based on the book that was written by Vítězslav Nezval, an avant-garde Czech writer and co-founder of the Surrealist movement in Czechoslovakia. (I'll update this post after I've read the novel.)

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders can be seen with English subtitles here.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

LOLLIPOP MONSTER (2011): A German Nubile Nymphet

Lollipop Monster (2011)

I pointed out in The Allure of Nymphets that ephebophilia is a worldwide wonder. (That shouldn't be surprising once you understand the science behind the attraction between ephebophiles and teleiophiles.) 

I mentioned a number of examples from across the globe such as the Korean film Hello Schoolgirl (2008), the Turkish novel The Museum of Innocence, and the Malaysian film Kurukkante Kalyanam (1982); however, I didn't write about any German sources - until now.

In the German film Lollipop Monster (2011), after 15-year-old Ari (Jella Haase) loses her virginity in a bar to a 20-something-year-old bartender who picked her up in his car on her way to school, she has an affair with Lukas (Thomas Wodianka), her high school friend's middle-aged uncle; however, when Lukas informs Ari that he can't see her for awhile, because he fears that their affair will come to light, she takes extreme measures to revenge her unrequited love.

Furthermore, it's always interesting to discover material with an ephebophilia/teleiophilia theme that was created by a middle-aged woman e.g., Catherine Breillat's version of Bluebeard [French: La Barbe bleue]. Lollipop Monster (2011) was written and directed by 41-year-old Ziska Riemann.

You can stream the movie with English subtitles here.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Famous Ephebophile: Woody Allen Part 2

Dylan Farrow and Woody Allen

I wrote about Woody Allen in The Allure of Nymphets. For example, I wrote that has made a number of movies with the theme of ephebophilia e.g. 

You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) 
Whatever Works (2009) 
Husbands and Wives (1992) 
Manhattan (1979) 

Deconstructing Harry (1997) 

And I briefly wrote about his affair with, Soon-Yi, his 19-year-old adopted Korean step-daughter. 

However, I didn't mention that Allen was accused of molesting Dylan, his adopted daughter. Allen was accused by Dylan and Mia Farrow, Allen's ex-wife, of molesting Dylan when she was 2 and 7-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 Knicks' game with him. Soon-Yi "opened up" to Woody (no pun intended) after attending several basketball games and in 1991 after she enrolled in Drew College, Allen and Soon-Yi began speaking regularly on the phone.

And in January of 1992, Farrow found six graphically nude photographs (e.g. "legs spread apart") of Soon-Yi on a mantelpiece in Allen's apartment.

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

Subsequently, in August of 1992 Allen was accused of touching Dylan's private parts with his finger in the attack of Farrow's Connecticut home, but denied the charges.

Only God knows if Allen is a pedophile, but clearly he's a ephebophile. But like I wrote in a previous post, it's surprising that Allen didn't use his fame to marry a nymphet à la J.D. Salinger, Elvis, and  Bradley Cooper instead of marrying his wife's (adopted) daughter. 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Famous Ephebophile: Robin Thicke "I Just Love the Fact that You’re So Young."

36-year-old Singer Robin Thicke and actress Paula Patton, his 38-year-old wife, announced their separation last week. The separation came months after Robin was photographed in compromising situations with at least two young women. 

While partying at Club 79 in Paris last January with Kanye West, Robin was photographed partying with a Parisian nymphet. 

And last August at a MTV Video Music Awards after-party, Robin was photographed groping 20-year-old Lana Scolaro. Lana said that Robin told her, "I just love the fact that you’re so young." That was before he allegedly made-out with her in a bathroom while his wife partied outside. 

Robin follows in the footstep other ephebophiles like Peter Cook who couldn't resist the allure of nymphets despite the fact that they had beautiful (middle-aged) wives. 

Robin Thicke @ Club 79 with Parisian Nymphet

Robin Thicke Groping Lana Scolaro @ VMA After-Party

Singer Robin Thicke and actress Paula Patton

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Was Nabokov a Hebephile\Ephebophile?

Readers of this blog are most likely familiar with Nabokov's Lolita, but they may not be familiar with his four other books that share a similar theme of hebephilia\ephebophilia with Lolita:

Laughter in the Dark 
The Original of Laura
Transparent Things
The Enchanter 

Even some of Nabokov's published poetry contains an hebephilia\ephebophilia theme. In “Lilith”, which can be found in his Selected Poems (2012), he wrote:

Shielding her face and to the sparkling sun
showing a russet armpit, in a doorway
there stood a naked little girl.
She had a water lily in her curls
and was as graceful as a woman. Tenderly
her nipples bloomed, and I recalled
the springtime of my life on earth,
when through the alders on the river brink
so very closely I could watch the miller's youngest daughter as she stepped
out of the water, and she was all golden,
with a wet fleece between her legs 

Thus, was Nabokov a hebephile? Clearly, he was. But did he ever have an age-discrepant relationship? I'm still trying to figure that out. 

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

YOUNG & BEAUTIFUL (2013): French Teen Prostitute Enjoys the "Game"

Young & Beautiful (2013) [French: Jeune & Jolie] 

We've previously written about American, French, British, Swedish and Japanese teen prostitutes and here's yet another example of the allure of nymphet prostitutes. 

In the French film Young & Beautiful (2013) [French: Jeune & Jolie] 17-year-old stunningly beautiful Isabelle and her very pretty friend were approached in front of their high school by an ephebophile who offered them money in exchange for sex. Isabelle refused his offer, but remembered his mobile number. She called him a week later after she learned that her classmate got a Prada bag out of the quid pro quo.

Subsequently, Isabelle had sex with a number of middle-aged men; however, when she was asked by her psychiatrist if she did it for the money she replied, "No." She did it, because she liked arranging the appointments, chatting online and on the phone with men. In addition, she enjoyed listening to their voices, imaging things, discovering the luxurious hotels and not knowing whom she would find. She especially liked the johns who were friendly, un-needy, and caressing. "It was like a game,"  the nymphet said. 

Interestingly, Young & Beautiful (2013) [French: Jeune & Jolie] was nominated for the highest honor, the Palme d'Or, at the Cannes Film Festival.