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 six other books that share a similar theme of hebephilia\ephebophilia with Lolita:

The Enchanter 
Laughter in the Dark 
Ada or Ador: A Family Chronicle
Transparent Things
Look at the Harlequins!
The Original of Laura



And some of Nabokov's published poetry contains the theme of hebephilia\ephebophilia. In “Lilith”, which can be found in his Selected Poems (2012), he wrote:
                           
I died. The sycamores and shutters
along the dusty street were teased
by torrid Aeolus.

I walked,
and fauns walked, and in every faun
god Pan I seemed to recognize:
Good. I must be in Paradise.

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.

And now, still wearing the same dress coat
that I had on when killed last night,
with a rake’s predatory twinkle,
toward my Lilith I advanced.
She turned upon me a green eye
over her shoulder, and my clothes
were set on fire and in a trice
dispersed like ashes.

In the room behind
one glimpsed a shaggy Greek divan,
on a small table wine, pomegranates,
and some lewd frescoes covering the wall.
With two cold fingers childishly
she took me by my emberhead [пламя – i.e., erect penis]:
“now come along with me,” she said.

Without inducement, without effort,
Just with the slowest of pert glee,
like wings she gradually opened
her pretty knees in front of me.
And how enticing, and how merry,
her upturned face! And with a wild
lunge of my loins I penetrated
into an unforgotten child.
Snake within snake, vessel in vessel,
smooth-fitting part, I moved in her,
through the ascending itch forefeeling
unutterable pleasure [восторг – i.e., approaching orgasm] stir.
But suddenly she lightly flinched,
retreated, drew her legs together,
and grasped a veil and twisted it
around herself up to the hips,
and full of strength, at half the distance
to rapture [блаженству - i.e., orgasm], I was left with nothing.
I hurtled forward. A strange wind
caused me to stagger. “Let me in!”
I shouted, noticing with horror
that I stood again outside in the dust
and that obscenely bleating youngsters
were staring at my pommeled lust [булаву – mace i.e., erect penis].
“Let me come in!” And the goat-hoofed,
copper-curled crowd increased. “Oh, let me in,”
I pleaded, “otherwise I shall go mad!”
The door stayed silent, and for all to see
writhing in agony I spilled my seed
and knew abruptly that I was in Hell.
(The words in the brackets are from Maxim D. Shrayer's Russian Literature journal article "Nabokov's Sexography".)

Nabokov shared in Poems and Problems that “Lilith” was composed “to amuse a friend.” In Pniniad, Marc Szeftel, whom many claim was the model for Nabokov's Pnin, shared an anecdote that was related to him by Gleb Struve, an associate of Nabokov:


“Struve tells about a private evening devoted to Nabokov's erotical (or even pornographical) poetry, read by him. Of these poems only “Lilith” has been published in N.'s 'Poems and Problems'...This reading happened when N. was not yet married...What was on young Nabokov's mind before he married Vera, I do not know. Probably, quite a few frivolous things, to expect from a very handsome, young Russian.”

Maurice Couturier revealed in Nabokov's Eros and the Poetics of Desire that different versions of last six lines of  “Lilith” were used "...throughout Nabokov's novels which may suggest that he, as an author, was probably reenacting an event belonging to his own past or a fantasy he had nursed."

Brian Boyd shared in Vladimir Nabokov,The American Years that when Nabokov taught at Stanford his evenings were often spent attending formal parties and playing chess with Henry Lanz, the head of the Slavic department. Nabokov found Lanz "...delicate, cultured and talented." In addition, Nabokov found that Lanz was a nympholept (i.e., a person seized with a frenzy of erotic emotion) who would "...drive off on the weekends, neat and dapper in his blazer, to orgiastic parties with nymphets." Now the question is, did Nabokov ever attend any of those parties with Lanz? 

And who was one of Nabokov's favorite painters? Based on my leading question, you may have been able to guess none other than Balthus. Nabokov shared in In Strong Opinions, "The aspects of Picasso that I emphatically dislike are the sloppy products of his old age. I also loathe old Matisse. A contemporary artist I do admire very much, though not only because he paints Lolita-like creatures, is Balthus." Furthermore, Eric Naiman wrote in Nabokov, Perversely that a painting in Pnin, "Hoecker's 'Girl with a Cat'", may have been a reference to Balthus' "Jeune Fille au Chat".

Balthus' "Jeune Fille au Chat"
Nabokov was asked in a 1964 Playboy interview, "Are there any contemporary authors you do enjoy reading?" Nabokov replied, "I do have a few favorites—for example, Robbe-Grillet and Borges. How freely and gratefully one breathes in their marvelous labyrinths! I love their lucidity of thought, the purity and poetry, the mirage in the mirror."

Unsurprisingly, Robbe-Grillet writes about nymphets too. Here's an exemplary excerpt from his Recollections of the Golden Triangle [French: Souvenirs du Triangle d'Or]:

To celebrate her 17th birthday, Caroline's father took a whole box at the Opera House. Caroline was commanded to face the stage while straddling two armless red-velvet chairs before her father "...pressed himself shamelessly against her buttocks in order to caress her in greater comfort...The insidious fingers are no longer satisfied with stroking...They pass back and forth in wave after wave, tirelessly, over the bivalvular lips...One tiny, fragile rock resists and stiffens..."

And what about Aleksandr Pushkin, who was one Nabokov's favorites poets. The Paris Review revealed that Nabokov spent two months in Cambridge working on the English translation and commentary of Eugene Onegin for over 17 hours per day. In the novel in verse, the poet Lensky invited 26-year-old dandy Eugene Onegin to dinner with his fiancée, the nymphet Olga, and her family. During the dinner Tatyana, Olga's 13-year-old older sister, became very infatuated with Onegin but her innocent love for the older man was (initially) unrequited. 

Wait. Let's not forget about Nabokov's short stories. According to Naiman, Nabokov wrote “Skazka” in 1926 before it was published in Rul', a Berlin emigre newspaper that was founded by his father. In the story, on his ride to work, Erwin habitually gazes through the tram's window and picks girls for his imaginary harem. However, the young man gains the opportunity for his dreams to come true after he meets Frau Monde, a female Devil who promises Erwin that he can have all the girls he wants upon “cushions and rugs” in “a villa with a walled garden” but that it's “essential and final” that he selects an odd number of girls between noon to midnight. 

The next day Erwin starts collecting slave girls. Here's a partial list:

A maiden in a white dress with chestnut hair and palish lips who was playing with her “fat shaggy pup”

“[T]wo young ladies-sisters, or even twins...Both were small and slim...with saucy eyes and painted lips.” Erwin referred to the Twins as “Gay, painted, young things.”

A lady who “...was lovely, hatless, bobhaired, with a fringe on her forehead that made her look like a boy actor in the part of a damsel.

A “beautiful in a drab, freckled way” wench who worked at a cheap restaurant that Erwin frequented on Sundays. 

A girl with gray eyes with a slight slant and a thin aquiline nose that wrinkled when she laughed

A girl at a small amusement park who wore a scarlet blouse with a bright-green skirt

Four girls in jerseys and shorts, “...magnificent legs, naked nearly up to the groin...” inside the amusement park's arcade. 

“A child of fourteen or so in a low-cut black party dress .” She was walking with a tall elderly man who was a “...famous poet, a senile swan, living all alone in a distant suburb”

I won't reveal who last girl was, but I will share her response to Erwin which was, “You ought to be ashamed of yourself...Leave me alone.” Her response was due to “...that which changes a man's life (i.e., genital) with one divine stroke...”

When Nabokov translated the story before it was published in Playboy (1974) and Details of a Sunset (1976), he aggressively titled it “A Nursery Tale” and noted in Tyrants Destroyed and Other Stories that when he was translating the story he was “...eerily startled to meet a somewhat decrepit but unmistakable Humbert escorting his nymphet in the story I wrote almost half a century ago.”

Andrew Field wrote in Nabokov, His Life in Art that there is a narrow distance between Nabokov and his stories and novels. When asked about this Nabokov replied that "yes, the stories were perhaps one tenth autobiographical" but like Field wrote, "that leaves one with the problem of deciding which tenth."

Lastly, Joyce Milton shared in her book,Tramp: The Life of Charlie Chaplin, that Chaplin acknowledged, “I had a violent crush on a girl only ten or twelve. I have always been in love with young girls [...]”  Interestingly, Barbara Wyllie wrote in "'My Age of Innocence Girl' - Humbert, Chaplin, Lita and Lo" that Nabokov was influence by Chaplin. For example, there's a reference to Chaplin's toothbrush mustache in Lolita.

Thus, was Nabokov a hebephile\ephebophile? Clearly, he was and according to Matt Ridley's New York Time's Notable Book The Red Queen all men are. But did Nabokov ever have an age-discrepant relationship? We may never know.

(A number of Nabokov's other works are peppered lightly and liberally with references to nymphets. I would refer the reader to Naiman's Nabokov, Perversely and Couturier's Nabokov's Eros and the Poetics of Desire.)

Here's a more extensive journal article that I wrote on this question:


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.






Friday, February 21, 2014

Nabokov's LAUGHTER IN THE DARK: A Nymphet's Agenda



The author of the 60 Years of Challenge warns men that they should avoid seeking affection from the opposite sex and that female affection is rarely sincere. The only exception would be when the affection comes from one's mother, which is why Royal advises men to let the phrase, "I love you," go into one ear and out of the other. According to an article in Vanity Fair, when Barack Obama was a graduate student at Columbia University, after his [white] love interest warmly said, "I love you," he coldly replied, "Thank you." The reason for this behavior is that women have an agenda (i.e. specific reason) for being with men. In addition, Alain De Botton relates in How Proust Can Change Your Life that Proust advised men to generally avoid having friends, both male and female. Royal and Robert Beck agrees with Proust.

And Albert Albinus, the protagonist, in Nabokov's Laughter in the Dark would probably agree with these principles as well. Albinus, a "well groomed" middle-aged Berlin based art critic with "his pleasant smile and mild blue eyes", made the mistake of falling in love with 16-year-old (nude) model Margot Peters. Margot had a lovely baby face, a slim figure, and hazel eyes. Albinus, who had dreamed of finding a very young mistress, was naive and assumed that the nymphet's affection was sincere, when she really wanted to use him to help her advance her acting career. She wanted him to leave Elisabeth, his dear wife who "... as a small girl, had been secretly in love with an old actor who used to visit her father ...". Margot didn't want Albinus to leave his wife, because she wanted him exclusively, but because she wanted exclusive access to his wealth. ([H]e had been left a soundly invested fortune by his father.) 

To make matters worse, Margot had an affair with 30-year-old Axel Rex, a New York City based painter, who took the teen's virginity before she met Albinus. Rex's behavior towards Margot was the antithesis of Albinus'. Rex, who was "ugly" and had "longish lusterless black hair, protruding cheekbones, and twinkling eyes", abandoned Margot after he took her virginity and he never told her that he loved her, yet she was madly in love with him. 

Interestingly, Albinus and Rex gave good examples of how to seduce a nymphet. I wrote in The Allure of Nymphets that there are a variety of ways to seduce a nymphet, but arguably the preferred methods are Open (i.e. seduce the nymphet into opening or approaching you.) and Arranged (i.e. a family member or "friend" introduces you to a nymphet). Royal wrote that a man looses his power when he approaches a woman. He wrote "The King of Spain is all powerful in Spain. He directs and enforces his powers from his castle. If he goes to France, he's powerless. He must let the French people come to Spain in order to rule and govern them." 

What Albinus did to meet Margot was the method that Robert Beck recommended, which is stalking. He said in Whitaker's Iceberg Slim The Lost Interviews , "I would advise not to pursue but to stalk, first of all. Or, I say not to chase, but to stalk." And that is exactly what Albinus did to Margot. For example, one evening, as a past-time, he strolled into "the velvety darkness" of a small cinema and noticed the "painfully beautiful face" of Margot. "After three days he could not ignore the memory of her no longer." And he returned to the cinema, but failed "to catch her eye". "He went there a third time firmly resolved to smile at her." Eventually, Margot approached Albinus.

Rex used a combination of the Arranged and Open methods. For example, he met Margot through Frau Levandovsky (After leaving her parent's home, and with good riddance, Margot moved into a small servant's room in Levandovsky's flat.) and after the arranged introduction, he stalked the nymphet i.e., "[H]e came [the] next day, and then again and again." Subsequently, Rex didn't ask Margot to move into a flat that "... he had rented for her the day before ..." He commanded her to, "Pack up your things quick and come along." And she "... yielded with pleasure and zest ..." after they "... crossed the threshold ..." 

Furthermore, Rex was very charming (e.g. "He did not speak to her much ...") and he was mysterious (e.g., "She could not guess what he was doing in  Berlin or who he really was."). Royal wrote that "A pimp's main source of power is his anonymity...A pimp does and says only what needs to be said and done." Wisely, Rex left Margot "... only because he was afraid of becoming too fond of her." Coincidentally, the author of The October Man Sequence advises men to avoid being "... inferior in a relationship - you should at the least be equal." 

In contrast, Margot was able to almost immediately find out everything about Albinus - his address, phone number, and how much wealth he possessed. Albinus even went out of his way to "... interest her in his past, telling her of his childhood, his mother whom he remembered but vaguely, and his father ..." 

Margot was so distressed after Rex abandoned her that she spent the night with two Japanese men. They gave her 350 marks for her services. (The nymphet only asked for 200.) Subsequently, she met "... a fat old man with a nose like an overripe pear ..." After he paid for her room until November and gave her enough money to purchase a fur coat, "... she allowed him to stay for the night." He died shortly after they met. And then she met Albinus, eventually was re-introduced to Rex at one of Albinus' parties, where the chit and Rex reunited to the ultimate dismay of Albinus.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Nabokov's THE ORIGINAL OF LAURA: Nabokov's Last Lolita\Nymphet

The Original of Laura

From Publishers Weekly via Amazon:

Before Nabokov's death in 1977, he instructed his wife to burn the unfinished first draft—handwritten on 138 index cards—of what would be his final novel. She did not, and now Nabokov's son, Dmitri, is releasing them to the world... It would be a mistake for readers to come to this expecting anything resembling a novel, though the few actual scenes here are unmistakably Nabokovian — a character named Hubert H. Hubert molesting a girl, a decaying old man's strained attempt at perfunctory sex with his younger wife. 
The story appears to be about a woman named Flora (spelled, once, as FLaura), who has Lolita-like moments in her childhood and is later the subject of a scandalous novel, Laura, written by a former lover. Mostly, this amounts to a peek inside the author's process and mindset as he neared death. Indeed, mortality, suicide, impotence, a disgust with the male human body—and an appreciation of the fit, young female body—figure prominently.
The "book" was difficult to read, but some of the hebephilia themes were clear. For example, Adam Lind, a photographer and the son of the painter Lev Linde, married Lanskaya, a ballerina. After Adam committed suicide, Lanskaya found an "elderly but still vigorous" lover in Hubert H. Hubert, who was deeply attracted to Flora, Lanskaya's "lovely" 12-year-old daughter. 
The nymphet was "... alone in the house with Mr. Hubert, who constantly "prowled" around her ... she did not dare to let her arms hang aimlessly lest her knuckles came into contact with some horrible part of that kindly but smelly and "pushing" old male."
In one scene, while Flora, who was described as having "... darker than the dark blue of the iris...blondish or rather palomino, and so silky [hair]..." was in bed "... with a chest cold," Hubert "... brought his pet a thoughtful present: a miniature chess set ..." The game didn't last long. "After a few minutes of play Flora grew tired of it, put a rook in her mouth , ejected it...Then, with a father's sudden concern, he said "I'm afraid you are chilly my love," and plunging a hand under the bedclothes from his vantage point at the footboard, he felt her shins."
But just like in a number of molestation cases, the mother sided with the fiance\boyfriend\husband. Lanskaya "... soothed the absolutely furious, deeply insulted Mr Hubert before scolding her daughter," for kicking Hubert "... in the crotch."
Hubert never got his wish to be with Flora, but she "... was barely fourteen when she lost her virginity to a coeval, a handsome ballboy at the Carlton Courts in Cannes."
By the time Flora was 24, she was "extravagantly slender," had "cup-sized breasts," due to her beauty she "seemed a dozen years younger," and she was in an age-discrepant relationship. She was married to "Philip Wild, a wealthy and grossly fat neurologist."

Monday, February 17, 2014

Nabokov's TRANSPARENT THINGS: Writers & (Very) Young Women, a Nude Girl Child, & Sexual Desire at Puberty

Transparent Things

Here's Martin Amis' book description on Amazon for Nabokov's Transparent Things:

"Transparent Things revolves around the four visits of the hero--sullen, gawky Hugh Person--to Switzerland . . .  As a young [sic] publisher, Hugh is sent to interview R., falls in love with Armande on the way, wrests her, after  multiple humiliations, from a grinning Scandinavian and returns to NY with his bride. . . . Eight years later--following a murder, a period of madness and a brief imprisonment--Hugh makes a lone sentimental journey to wheedle out his past. . ." 

In addition to being a publisher, Hugh Person was a writer too. He had "... an unfinished short story in a Russian copybook...parts of a philosophical essay in a blue cahier...and the loose sheets of a rudimentary novel under the title Faust in Moscow." Hugh was unpublished except for a poem that he published in a college magazine. 

But the middle-aged Person "... had courted a thirty-eight-year-old mother and her sixteen-year-old daughter but had been impotent with the first and not audacious enough with the second." 

And 40-year-old Person, "... who had a long, lean, doleful face with a slightly undershot jaw ..." met 23-year-old Armande, who had "... dark eyes, fair hair, a honey-hued skin. Twin dimples..in a Swiss railway carriage." They were subsequently married, but the age-discrepant marriage ended very badly. 

Mr. R, a much older published writer, who had "... coarse features, a swallow complexion, a lumpy nose with enlarged pores ..." took Julia Moore's (his step-daughter) virginity when she was 13. Mr. R had an affair with his step-daughter until she was 18, which was when he discovered that his wife and step-daughter were "... having and affair with Christian Pines, son of the well-known cinema man who had directed the film Golden Windows (precariously based on the best of the author's novels)." 

Subsequently, Person had a one-night-stand with the 18-year-old Julia, who had a doll face, slanting eyes, "... and topaz -teared earlobes..." in his upper-east side apartment after meeting her at a party in Manhattan. 

Armande and Julia were friends and "... had both taught in the winter at a school for foreign ladies in the Tessin."

Armande's "... parents and aunts, the insatiable takers of cute pictures, believed in fact that a girl child of ten, the dream of a Lutwidgean [a reference to Charles Lutwidge Dodgson and his controversial photography] , had the same right to total nudity as an infant." Person had the pleasure of perusing the photo album. 

And interestingly Nabokov wrote in contradiction to the age of consent laws, "In fact at puberty sexual desire arises as a substitute for the desire to kill, which one normally fulfills in one's dreams ..."

If you enjoyed Lolita, you'll enjoy Transparent Things, but despite the novella being only 104 pages, it's a bit more difficult to read than Lolita. Because the novella isn't linear, you'll probably need to take notes to keep up, which according to Boyd in Vladimir Nabakov The Russian Years, is something that Nabokov intended.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Breillat's A REAL YOUNG GIRL (1976): A Nude "Nymphet"


I wrote about Catherine Breillat's version of Bluebeard [French: La Barbe bleue] here, which is about the relationship between a wealthy middle-aged aristocrat and a nymphet, whom he saves from a life of poverty. 

Here's the plot summary for Breillat's A Real Young Girl (1976) [French: Une vraie jeune fille] that JHailey posted on IMDB:

August, 1963; Alice, 14, an only child, and physically well developed, is home for vacation. She's moody, silent, keeps a diary, and explores tactile sensations with broken eggs, candle wax, ear wax, vomit, urine, blood, and, perhaps, if the summer goes in one very possible direction, semen. Without her underpants, she walks about, rides her bike, and sits on the shore as the tide comes in. She drifts to her father's sawmill and makes eyes at Jim, a 20-something hand with a lean body and a model's face. What will Jim do, and does Alice want to do more than stare and fantasize? 

A Real Young Girl (1976) is another controversial example of an actress of legal age playing the role of a (nude) nymphet. Charlotte Alexandra was 20-years-old when she played the role of Alice, a 14-year-old chit; however, the movie wasn't released until 24 years after it was filmed partially due to that controversial point. 

I've yet to do a post on Breillat's Fat Girl (2001), but here's a preview. In one scene, a college aged male has anal sex  with Elena, a 15-year-old high school student, while Anais, Elena's overweight 12-year-old sister looks on.
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Nabokov's Other LOLITA, THE ENCHANTER




I wrote in The Allure of Nymphets that Lolita wasn't Vladimir Nabokov's first and only book with an age-discrepant relationship. The Enchanter  [Russian: Volshebnik] was written in Russian in 1939, but wasn't translated by Dmitri Nabokov, Vladimir's son, and published until 1986. As I mentioned in The Allure of Nymphets, Vladimir thought the he had destroyed the novella, but he found it when he was " ... collecting material to give to the Library of Congress." 

The setting and time period isn't clear, but Vladimir mentioned in the author's notes that the protagonist was central European, the nymphet was French, and the city was Paris. 

The 40-year-old, but "young spiritually" protagonist, who did have "... five or six normal affairs ..." was picky about his nymphets. He wasn't attracted to school girls who were husky, skinny, had acne or wore glasses. However, he was attracted to "A violet-clad girl of twelve ... [with] russet curls (recently trimmed) ... large, slightly vacuous [light gray] eyes ... warm complexion ... pink mouth ... [and] summery tint..." whom he noticed while he sat on a Paris park bench. 

Subsequently, "The day after, and the days that that followed, he sat in the same place ..." to be near the nymphet he "... would have given a sack of rubies, a bucket of blood, anything he was asked ..." to be with.


Interestingly, like a shrewd businessman, he let his instincts guide his seduction of the maiden, which went into full swing after he found out she was an orphan. Her father, "a bon vivant", had left her with her very ill mother, whom the protagonist quickly married to be closer to the nymphet. 

I found it interesting that Nabokov wrote then when the nymphet gave a "vigorous toss" to "her brown curls", she was being flirtatious. That behavior is what Pickup Artists (PUA) refers to as an Indicator of Interest (IOI). I used that example in my novel as well. But that wasn't the only IOI the protagonist perceived. The nubile maiden "... in front of everyone, touched his shaven cheek with her cool, unhurried lips ..." - twice, which shouldn't be surprising since the protagonist was charismatic e.g., "He was unfailingly attentive...Always even-tempered, always self-controlled, [and] he sustained the smooth tone ..." (Refer to Cabane's The Charisma Myth for more information about how to be a charismatic ephebophile.)

By day he imagined killing his wife and by night he imagined the nymphet and  "... every detail of her nudity ..." as she slept in the next room. 

Ultimately, the protagonist's wishes were granted, but maybe he should have waited to marry his step-daughter,  à la Woody Allen, to sustain a lasting relationship. 






Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Super Bowl Nymphet Prostitutes


As I was perusing the amNewYork newspaper in the subway this morning I ran across the following headline -  FBI: 45 Bowl-related sex peddling arrest. 

The article states:

The FBI and local law enforcement agencies recovered 16 minors and arrested 45 pimps and their associates in sex peddling associated with the Super Bowl, the FBI announced yesterday.

The minors ranged in age from 13 to 17 and included high school students and children who had been reported missing, the FBI said. More than 70 women and children were provided services and referrals to programs to help them, according to the agency.

The Seattle PI reported that "One of the minors, a 17-year-old girl, had spent the past two years with her pimp ..." and that " ... a Florida woman was arrested for allegedly trying to prostitute her 15-year-old daughter during the Super Bowl."

Besides online American teen prostitution, unlike Japanese, French, and Swedish teen prostitutes, due to time constraints, I haven't touch on American teen prostitution a lot; however, a more detailed analysis of the subject is forthcoming on the blog and in the second edition of The Allure of Nymphets: The Dark Side of Ephebophilia.


Saturday, February 1, 2014

INTIMACY Play: "Everyone Should Be Able to Enjoy Nude Teens"


Nymphet Janet and Ephebophile James in INTIMACY

Before you enter the theater on the third floor of the Acorn Theater on west 42nd street, you must pass a sign that reads: Please Note: This show contains nudity, sex and bad language. Enjoy!

As the New York City Theater's website states Intimacy is a " ... "boisterous and revealing" dark comedy about race, sex and intimacy." But for our purposes I'm going to concentrate on the plays sub-plots of teen pornography, incest, ephebophilia and age-discrepant relationships. 

In the play, which was written by Thomas Bradshaw, a professor of playwriting at Northwestern University, James (Daniel Gerrol), the middle-aged next door neighbor, informs Jerry (Keith Smith) that his 18-year-old daughter, Janet (Ella Dershowitz), has nude pictures in the latest issue of Barely Legal magazine and accuses Jerry of being a bad parent. Initially, James and Jerry are understandably distraught. 

In a subsequent scene, to console her father, Janet tells him that she loves sex and that she had her first orgasm when she was 13 while watching porn on his computer. Shockingly, Janet encourages her father to masturbate to her nude photograph and "cum" on her face.

"Everyone should be able to look at and enjoy nude teens!" Pat (Laura Esterman) tells her husband after he finds out that his daughter makes pornographic movies as well. 

After James, who found religion after his wife died, tells his son Matthew (Austin Cauldwell) that Janet is a "harlot" and that he is ashamed that he masturbates to her nude photographs, Matthew consoles his father by saying, "She wants you to masturbate to her!"

To his utter surprise, after James confronts Janet and tells her that he is infatuated by her "... legs, hair and youth," the nymphet tells the ephebophile that she loves him and asks him to her. And like every ephebophile after his first relationship with a nymphet, James was born-again. (Pun intended.)

Despite the playwright's and the play's popularity, the play has received some bad reviews from the media and audience members; however, it's a great example of art imitating a lot of lives in America and Europe - in particular the prevalence of (amateur) teen pornography.