Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tolstoy's FAMILY HAPPINESS

Family Happiness Fig. 1

The play Family Happiness ran here in New York last week at the Baryshnikov Arts Center. I missed it, because it only had performances on Tuesday and Wednesday and I don't get a chance to read my stack of The New York Times until Friday; thus, I didn't know about the play until it was too late.

The play is based on Leo Tolstoy's novella Family Happiness (1859), which is about Marya, a 17-year-old girl who marries 36-year-old Sergey. Their rural based marriage goes well, until they visit St. Petersburg and Marya becomes infatuated by the splendors of the big city and contemplates having an affair with a younger man. (The actress playing Marya doesn't look very young. Fig.1)


While reading the novella I was reminded of Hugh Hefner who made it a point to take his young girlfriends out on a regular basis. They went partying at least twice per week in addition to other engagements like awards ceremonies and sporting events.(I wrote in the past tense, because Hef recently got married.) If you follow Hef on Twitter you'll learn that he continues to have weekly Uno games, movie nights and pool parties. 

However, keeping your nymphet entertained doesn't guarantee that she won't leave you for a younger man, but what is a (likely) guarantee is that she'll come crawling back to you once that relationship sours.

In The Allure of Nymphets, I wrote about Tolstoy, who practiced what he wrote. At 34-years-old Tolstoy married 18-year-old Sophia. 



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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Model Scout, "I Think of Young Girls [as] Beauty."

Dakota and Elle Fanning

There was some controversy surrounding the 17-year-old Dakota Fanning Marc Jacobs Oh Lola perfume and the 13-year-old Elle Fanning Marie Claire advertisements

Marc said that he choose Dakato to hold the large phallic bottle between her legbecause, "I knew she could be this contemporary Lolita, seductive yet sweet." I wonder what Marc really knew about Lolita's seductive nature. Did you read Lolita? Did he know that in Nabokov's novel the12-year-old Lola performed oral sex on the middle-aged Humbert for extra spending money?

And why did Marie Claire choose 13-year-old Elle for their photo shoot? They're probably like the Japanese. In The Allure of Nymphets I wrote:

In Girl Model (2012), a documentary about the pipeline of early-teen Siberian models to Japan, Ashley, an American model scout for Japanese based Switch Models, said referring to Nadya, a tall, skinny, flat chested, thirteen-year-old blonde from Serbia, “They love skinny girls in Japan. And she has a fresh young face. She looks young - almost like a prepubescent girl … [The modeling] business is obsessed with youth, and especially my business from Japan. You can't be young enough and youth is beautiful, because there’s the luminosity. There's something in the skin. There's something innocent. And that's what my eye has been trained to see from Japan; so, I look at beauty and I think of young girls [as] beauty. 

Girl Model (2012) Trailer



Wait Until I'm 18 or Go to the Penitentiary

In this clip from the movie Beautiful Girls (1996), 13-year-old Martie (Natalie Portman) breaks up with her boyfriend, Scooter, and informs middle-aged Willie (Timothy Hutton), “You’re my new boyfriend Willie." But she warned that they would have to, "Wait five years. I’ll be 18. We can walk through this world together.” Otherwise, "You'll go to the penitentiary and I'd be the laughing stock of the Brownies."

If you're naive and think that this scene if farfetched in terms of a 13-year-old girl propositioning a middle-aged man, you won't be after you read The Allure of Nymphets, but what is farfetched about this scene is that the girl is mature and patient enough to advise Willie to wait until she is of legal age in North America. 

For instance, in the book I wrote:

If you have any doubts about a ten-year-old being sexually attracted to an older man, take Elizabeth Taylor as an example. The book, Elizabeth Taylor: There Is Nothing Like a Dame (2012), related that when Elizabeth was ten-years-old, she made out with thirty-six-year-old [President] Ronald Reagan. She said, “Reagan was treating me like a grown woman, and that thrilled me. We sat on his sofa and I could tell he wanted to get it on but he seemed reluctant to make the first move… [so] I became the aggressor.”

 
Beautiful Girls (1996) "Wait five years. I’ll be 18." Clip
 



Jewish Therapist Sentenced After Oral Sex with 12-Year-Old

The New York Times reported that, "An [54-year-old] unlicensed therapist and respected member of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn was sentenced on Tuesday [January 22, 2013] to 103 years in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing a young woman, beginning the attacks when she was 12."

Apparently, the defendant had a lot of support, "... in powerful circles of the Satmar community after his arrest in 2011, with hundreds turning out for a fund-raiser for his defense"

Clearly, what the defendant should have done was use his respect and his connections among the powerful of the Satmar community and married one of the 17-year-old (The age-of-consent in New York.) members of the Williamsburg ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. It appears that the defendant may have even had men bribe and intimidate the victim, because, "... seven Hasidic men [were charged] with bribery and intimidation ..." 

At least the Jewish therapist wasn't as bad as Roman Polanski. I wrote in The Allure of Nymphets that, "In 1977, Academy Award nominated film director Roman Polanski gave drugs to thirteen-year-old Samantha Geimer before he raped and sodomized her."

It seems that the religious therapist, like Bill Clinton, didn't have actual sexual intercourse with the victim. The article stated that he got 103 years for engaging in, " oral sex, groping and acting out pornographic videos ..."

And Polanski got away. I wrote that, "He fled the United States to France in 1978 to avoid going to jail, has avoided extradition by not visiting any countries that may be sympathetic to America, and has continued to make award winning films."  

Another irony of this case is that a little over a century ago the therapist would have been in the clear, because the age-of-consent in New York was 10.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

"Children" and Adults



I shared in The Allure of Nymphets that prior to The Renaissance and the invention of the printing press, there was no distinction between children and adults. Furthermore, the concept of childhood or children didn't exist. "Children," especially after the age of puberty, were considered small adults.
 
In the current issue of New York magazine in an article titled "Why You Truly Never Leave High School", which is about how high school is a sadistic institution and how new research suggests that high school may be worst possible place for a vulnerable 16-year-old mind, the following was written:
 
Until the Great Depression, the majority of American adolescents didn’t even graduate from high school. Once kids hit their teen years, they did a variety of things: farmed, helped run the home, earned a regular wage. Before the banning of child labor, they worked in factories and textile mills and mines. All were different roads to adulthood; many were undesirable, if not outright Dickensian. But these disparate paths did arguably have one virtue in common: They placed adolescent children alongside adults. They were not sequestered as they matured. Now teens live in a biosphere of their own. In their recent book Escaping the Endless Adolescence, psychologists Joseph and Claudia Worrell Allen note that teenagers today spend just 16 hours per week interacting with adults and 60 with their cohort. One century ago, it was almost exactly the reverse.
  
Something happens when children spend so much time apart from adult company. They start to generate a culture with independent values and priorities. James Coleman, a renowned mid-century sociologist, was among the first to analyze that culture in his seminal 1961 work, The Adolescent Society, and he wasn’t very impressed. “Our society has within its midst a set of small teen-age societies,” he wrote, “which focus teen-age interests and attitudes on things far removed from adult responsibilities.




Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Philip Roth's THE HUMBLING

In The Allure of Nymphets I briefly wrote about Philip Roth's The Breast. In the novella Professor David Kepesh said, “I want twelve- and thirteen-year-old girls. I want them three, four, five, and six at a time. I want them licking at my nipple all at once. I want them naked and giggling, stroking and sucking me for days on end."

I recently read Roth's The Humbling, which is about Axler's, a 65-year-old actor, affair with Pegee, a 40-year-old lesbian. Although, a twenty-five year age difference clearly qualifies as an age-discrepant relationship, another scene in the book was more striking.

While Axler and Pegee were making love, Pegee mentioned to Axler that she found him a blond, with crystal blue eyes, long strong legs, perfect breasts and a member of the Prescott swim team.

"The breasts," he said.
"She's nineteen. They're solid and they're just up there...Close your eyes. You want her to make you come?... Squirt it all over her. Now! Now! Yes, that's it - squirt in her face!"

Thus, Pegen knew that Axler would be more turned on by a forty-six year age difference than a measly twenty-five years.

Monday, January 21, 2013

A Brief History of US Age of Consent Laws

I related in The Allure of Nymphets from Mary E. Odem's Delinquent Daughters: Protecting and Policing Adolescent Female Sexuality in the United States, 1885-1920 that until 1897 the age of consent in California and most states was 10. That's correct, 10-years-old. It was 12 in seven states and even more shocking, it was 7 in Delaware. How did the ages get so low? Our early age of consent laws originated over the pond. How did the age of consent go from 10, in most states, to 17? Feminists are to blame thank.

After the 19th century, young women started working outside of the house and consequently became more promiscuous. Feminists blamed the raunchy behavior of young women on "dirty old men," and in an effort to scare older men off, they successfully lobbied to have the age of consent raised. However, it backfired, and young women became even more licentious. For example, there was a rise in, self-initiated sans pimps, teen prostitution. Consequently, feminists realized that issues like abuse, education, and poverty had more to do with the erratic behavior of nymphets than older men, but it was too late. The damage had already been done. The age of consent laws had been changed.

However, there were two unsuccessful attempts to lower the age of consent.  In 1889, there was an effort in Kansas to lower the age to 12 and in 1890 there was an attempt in New York to lower the age to 14.

Interestingly, the age of consent is still low in most of countries across the pond. For example, in Germany it's 14, in France it's 15 and in Spain it's 13.


ELECTION Reviews

In the Election novel and the movie, Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon), an overachiever, had an affair with  her English teacher. (It's always the English teacher.) In the novel the reader is first introduced to the affair by Tracy, "ALL RIGHT, so I slept with my English teacher and ruined his marriage. Crucify me. Send me to bad girl prison..." In the movie, the viewer is introduced to the affair by the teacher. He ironically confided with the ethics teacher (Matthew Broderick), "Her pussy gets so wet you can't believe it." 

Interestingly, in the novel Tracy is a fifteen-year-old sophomore, but in the movie she is a sixteen-year-old junior. The movie is set in Omaha, Nebraska, so I'm surprised the writer didn't make her seventeen or set the movie in Nevada where the age-of-consent is sixteen. In the end, her age didn't matter in the book or movie, because the teacher was forced to resign, but surprisingly didn't go to jail. 

According to the novel the relationship began after the following conversation:

"The boys in this school are so immature," she complained. "They don't even know how to conduct a conversation."
"Oh?" said Jack. "So you'd prefer an older man?"
"As a matter of fact, I probably would"
"How old are you?"
"Me? Thirty-two."
"Thirty-two? That sounds about right."

However, just like in Solitary Man (2009), Tanner Hall (2009), Margaret (2011), etc, the age-discrepant relationship began to crumble when the teacher went from making Tracy feel, "...safe and protected." before they "made out" all over the school and he took her virginity in his house to uncomfortable, because he became needy. For example, Tracy said in the novel that he, "...turn[ed] out to be as big a baby as any sixteen-year-old." And the relationship came to a halt when in the film Tracy's mother found a handmade card from her teacher (Fig. 1) and in the novel her mother found the following message on Tracy's A- The Scarlet Letter essay:

"Why won't you talk to me? Do you think love can be turned on and off like a faucet? Why don't you just get a gun and shoot me?

Fig. 1
The most telling quote from the movie has to be the above quote about how "wet" Tracy gets and from the novel the following:
"It was easier than you might imagine to forget she was fifteen. Spend enough time in high school, and you forget what fifteen means."

Election was written by Tom Perrotta and published in 1998. Tom graduated from Yale and during the time Election was published he taught writing at Harvard. The New York Times Book Review said about Election, "Election provides those gratifyingly exact and telling portraits of the kids themselves. Solid plotting..." Time Out New York praised, "Captures the texture of high-school life in a refreshingly unromantic manner."



Election (1999) Trailer




Movie Poster
Book Cover

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Samsung Galaxy III Smartphone for Amateur Porn?

According to a number of sociologists, life imitates art and vice versa. For example, in The Allure of Nymphets I wrote about the proliferation of amateur teen pornography on the Internet, and how a significant percentage of amateur pornography consists of videos and pictures that teen girls make with their camera phones for and with their boyfriends. The business savvy marketing people at Samsung used that knowledge as a selling point for their new Galaxy III smartphone.

In the book, I wrote about the Samsung commercial Work Trip. In the commercial, a business traveler's wife informed her husband that she made him video, but warned, “You probably shouldn’t watch it on the plane,” implying that the video was for his eyes only.

In another Samsung video titled Santa's Work Trip, Mrs. Clause informed Santa that she had the same concern about the video that she made for him. And with a sly look warned, "... you probably shouldn't watch it on the sleigh."

 
Work Trip

 Santa's Work Trip

Charlie Sheen (47) and Georgia Jones (24)

Another famous age-discrepant relationship recently surfaced. This time it's between 47-year-old actor Charlie Sheen and 24-year-old porn star Georgia Jones. The revelation of this relationship was particularly shocking to some, not only because of the 23 year age difference, but because Georgia only performed in lesbian/girl-on-girl pornography and gave her fans the impression that she was a lesbian.One of her fans wrote on Georgia's Instagram, "She changed so much. She used to be my idol. Oh well everyone changes." Another fan wrote, "You suck!" However, some of her fans were pleased with the news of the relationship. Marioh85 wrote, "The best couple ever! Charlie is The King!"

Georgia Jones and Charlie Sheen on Instagram

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Mimi Alford, JFK's 19-year-old Intern


NBC's Rock Center did a profile on Mimi Alford, who was a nineteen-year-old college student when she began an eighteen month affair with forty-five-year-old President John F. Kennedy (Like Father, Like Son). Having read The Dark Side of Camelot, I was not surprised by this revelation in Mimi's new book, Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath. 

Here is how the affair began:

Mimi visited the White House when she was a senior in boarding school and a year later she received an unsolicited phone call to do an internship at the White House. After her fourth day on the job, she received a call from Dave Powers (aka. The First Friend) to join the President and two other young women for a midday swim. Later that evening, she received another call from Powers to attend a gathering in the White House. After some small talk, the President took Mimi to Jackie O's bedroom, guided her down to the bed and took her virginity.

Interestingly, the entire interview was not posted on NBC's website; therefore, you're going to have to read the book to learn about the other silicious details of their affair like when JFK had Mimi perform oral sex on one of his middle-aged friends during another midday swim at the White House.

 
Mimi Alford's Rock Center with Brian Williams (Partial) Interview

Blackmailed or Voluntary Teen Strip Shows?


The current issue of Vice magazine has an article titled Cowards Are Blackmailing Young Women to Death on the Internet, which is about males (i.e. Cappers) who blackmail teens into performing live-streamed strip shows. Once the men coerce a teen to, "... show some skin, it’s referred to as a “win,” and images of the girl are screen-captured or recorded without her consent or awareness." According to the article, those images or videos are then used to blackmail the girl into doing more virtual strip shows.
 

Based on the research I did for my new forthcoming book, The Allure of Nymphets, I would confidently say that vast majority of teen virtual strip shows are done voluntary and often for free. Actually, a short story written in the very same issue of Vice is more realistic in it's portrayal of teens.

In the short story Santa Daddy by Brett Gelman, Angela invited a middle-aged bearded man to her apartment. After she asked him to put on a Santa Clause custom she said, “Spank me, Santa Daddy! Spank that ass, Santa Daddy! Spank that 16-year-old ass! Merry Christmas!”

“Sixteen? I thought you said you were 20!”

“Did I? Oops! Guess I’m even less nice than you thought!”


The Allure of Nymphets Poem

The following is a free-verse poem that appears in my forthcoming book The Allure of Nymphets, From Emperor Augustus to Woody Allen, Man's Fascination with Young Women, and serves well as a plot summary for the book:


The Allure of Nymphets

Giacomo Casanova simultaneously took the virginity of
teen orphans Nanetta and Marta.

Charlie Chaplin developed a crush on a 12-year-old.

Before he met a 14-year-old and impregnated her at 16.

44-year-old Frank Sinatra had an affair with 14-year-old

Tuesday Weld who ironically refused to be Kubrick’s Lolita.

37-year-old Ronald Reagan smooched with 10-year-old

Elizabeth Taylor – and it was her idea.

69-year-old Joe Kennedy Sr. had sex with his 17-year-old

French caddie, while Lyndon Johnson listened over lunch.

While On the Road, Neal Cassady described the 15-year-old

Marylou as “...so sweet, so young, hmm, ahh!”

The Rosewood Day Pretty Little Liars pulled up their sky-high

minis to reveal their panties to the “fortysomething guy”.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s 18-year-old Holiday Golightly said,

“I can’t get excited by a man until he’s at least forty-two.”

Californication’s Frank Moody had sex with his

ex-wife’s 16-year-old step-daughter.

Bored to Death’s Ray was disappointed after Jonathan failed to

sodomize the 16-year-old.

And what was the 16-year-old’s New Year’s resolution?

“I’m going to fuck my history teacher!”

Having Doubts About a Nymphet, Do the Numbers

In the movie Liberal Arts (2012), nineteen-year-old Zibby (Elizabeth Olsen) became infatuated with thirty-five-year-old Jesse (Josh Radnor) when he visited his Alma mater to attend a retirement dinner for his former professor. Initially, Jesse was reluctant to begin a relationship with a nineteen-year-old college freshman, but after he "did the numbers" he happily returned to the Midwest Liberal Arts college from Manhattan before Jesse asked him to take her virginity.




Contemplation
Frustration
Revelation
Celebration


Liberal Arts (2012) Trailer

Pharrell – YOUNG GIRL Featuring: Jay-Z

I wrote in The Allure of Nymphets about Ice T's song, Sex, in which he raps about a rap contest where the, "First prize was a virgin young girl," and how he put IT, "... in their little panties that their boyfriend saw."

Pharrell's song, Young Girl, features Jay-Z. Pharrel appears to be distraught about his attraction to a young girl - to the point that he seeks help from his mother:
 

Mama help, I fell in love with a young girl
What on earth, what I'm [I] suppose to do
Young girl, so in love with you


However, Jay-Z appears to handle his attraction to a nineteen-year-old well. In his verse he raps:


Hove got a young girl
Still not quite 21
So high strung, such a vibrant thing
I introduce myself, "Hi, Miss Thing"
You're 19?
No, you're lighting in a bottle I give you a ring tomorrow


There you have it. Men handle the attraction differently, but nonetheless they handle it . 

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