Sunday, August 24, 2014

Famous Ephebophile: Mozart's Don Giovanni




Don Giovanni (1787) is considered by many to be the finest opera of all time. David Naugle wrote "What Plato's Republic is to political philosophy, what Michelangelo's Cistine Chapel Ceiling is to painting, and what Shakespeare's tragedies are to drama, so also is Mozart's Don Giovanni to the works and world of opera." And Naugle shared that Goethe opined that Mozart "... obviously possessed deep insight into human nature ..."

Don Giovanni was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart but was written by librettist and ephebophile Lorenzo Da Ponte. Is the opera so well known because of its music or libretto? I would argue that the "unsung hero" is Da Ponte. In addition, it is well-known that Don Giovanni was a libertine, who seduced over 1,000 females in Spain - not to mention other lands, but many would be surprised to realize that he specialized in nymphets. 

For example, Giovanni's servant, Leporello, explained to Donna Elvira, one of Giovanni's young spurned conquests, that Giovanni's "... outstanding passion is the youthful beginner....provided she wears a skirt." 

While pretending to be Giovanni, Leporello referred to Donna Elvira as, "Poor little girl...pretty little face!

During his seduction of "Little" Zerlina, a peasant girl, Giovanni told her, "... you are not destined to be a peasant, those roguish little eyes will win you another lot, those lovely little lips, those white and fragrant little fingers; it's like touching reeds and smelling roses." Zerlina was further described as "... my little dear," and as having, "...white and young little hands...that fresh complexion..."

And, Giovanni informed Leporello, "I met a beautiful, young, elegant girl on the street; I went up to her, I took her by the hand ..."

38-year-old Da Ponte had two sources of inspiration for his libretto: Giovanni Bertati's libretto for Don Giovanni, o sia II convitato di pietra and his 16-year-old mistress. 

Da Ponte wrote in his memoir: "A beautiful girl of sixteen...came to my room ...at the sound of the bell...She would bring me now a little cake, now a cup of coffee, now nothing just her pretty face...I worked twelve hours a day every day...and through all that time she sat in an adjoining room...ready to come to my aid at the first touch of the bell. Sometimes she would sit at my side without stirring, without opening her lips, or batting an eyelash, gazing at me fixedly, or blandly smiling, or now it would be a sigh, or a menace of tears. In a word, this girl was my Calliope...for all the verse I wrote for the next six years. 



So, why isn't Don Giovanni known as an ephebophile? My assumption is that it is very difficult to find nymphet opera singers; therefore, most performances of Don Giovanni are done by middle-age women which causes a major theme of the opera to get lost in translation. 




Saturday, August 16, 2014

ROLLA: Gervex's Painting and Musset's Poem About a Teen Prostitute



Henri Gervex (1852-1929) Rolla 1878


Henri Gervex's oil on canvas Rolla was inspired by Alfred de Musset's lengthy poem Rolla (1833). Here's the plot summary of the poem from Paris' museum Musée d'Orsay:

The text recounts the destiny of a young bourgeois, Jacques Rolla, falling into a life of idleness and debauchery. He meets with Marie, a teenager who found in prostitution an escape from misery. Rolla is seen here ruined, standing by the window, his eyes turned to the girl sleeping. He is about to commit suicide by poison.

If the scene was judged indecent [by the Beaux-Arts administration]
, it was not because of Marie's nudity, which in no way differs from the canonic nudes of the time. The attention of contemporaries rather turned to the still life constituted by a gown, a garter, and a hastily undone corset covered with a top hat. Gervex might have been advised by Degas to put "a corset on the floor" so that the spectator may know this woman "is not a model". Indeed, this disposition and the nature of the clothes clearly indicate Marie's consent and her status as a [teen] prostitute. Moreover, the walking stick emerging from the garments acts as a metaphor for sexual intercourse.

I learned about Rolla while preparing a forthcoming post on Baxter's translation of Musset's Two Nights of Excess.

American Apparel's Back to School Lolita Wear

American Apparel's Lolita Wear

Last week Time reported on the backlash that American Apparel received on social media after the company posted raunchy pictures on its Instagram account of "... a girl bending over a car, revealing her underwear and buttocks under her skirt." In addition, the company is selling Lolita mini skirts and crop tops. 

The fact that American Apparel is basing their sexy campaign on 12-year-old Lolita, whom initiated sex with H.H., her middle-aged step-father and gave him paid hand-jobs while he looked alluring upon other nymphets, is revealing. 

In reality, the campaign is a reflection of raunchy teen behavior. American Apparel is selling teens what they, teens, want. Like Douglas Rushkoff mentioned in the documentary Merchants of Cool (2001), "It's a feedback loop," i.e., American Apparel wants to be a cool company that sells sexy clothes, and cool teens want to wear sexy clothes. 

The Guardian reported previously that "The UK advertising watchdog has banned a campaign by the retailer American Apparel for using a partially nude model, who appeared to be under 16, in a series of images that suggested she was "stripping off for an amateur-style photo shoot". The Advertising Standards Authority received a complaint that it could be seen by children and inappropriate because the model seemed "young and vulnerable and [the ad] could be seen to sexualise a child"."



A spokesperson for American Apparel defended the advertisement by saying that the model is 23-years-old and that the advertisement was meant to highlight the hoodie and not the girl's cleavage and breasts. Thus, the model only looks like a nymphet and we should be concentrating on the class Flex Fleece and not the model's tan lined breasts. Clearly, American Apparel is either delusional or feels that we are not easily disillusioned



AMERICAN MINOR (2009): A Teen's Boredom Leads to Bate



L.A. based artist, University of California fine arts instructor and writer Charlie White's muse is the American teen. His short film American Minor, which depicts the day in the life of an American nymphet, was shown at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. If you're naive and think that the ending of the film is the artist's fantasy, I dare you to Google "teen masturbation". You can view the entire short film here.



American Minor (2009) Trailer

Friday, August 15, 2014

Which Nymphets Has the Best Buttocks?


Venus Callipyge
National Archaeological Museum, Naples

The Venus Callipyge is a 1st century BC marble Roman statue. The name means "Venus (or Aphrodite) of the beautiful buttocks." The statue shows a woman, whom some consider to be Venus, performing an anasyrma to expose her buttocks. She is peering at her buttocks which further draws attention them. 

The statue conjures up the following story which can be found in Athenaeus' Deipnosophists (12.554 c–e) about two nymphets in Syracuse, Sicily who were trying to determine which of them had the most attractive buttocks .


"Once upon a time a farmer had two beautiful daughters. One day these girls, getting into a dispute as to which one had a more beautiful backside, went out onto the public street. And by chance a young man was passing by, the son of a rich old man. They showed themselves to him, and when he saw them he voted in favor of the older girl. And in fact, falling in love with her, when he got back to town, he took to his bed and told his younger brother everything that had happened. And the younger brother also went to the country and saw the girls, and he fell in love with the other daughter. And so when the boys' father tried to get them to marry someone of the upper classes, he couldn't persuade his sons, and so he brought the girls in from the country, with their father's permission, and married them to his sons. And so these girls were called fair-buttocked by the citizens, as Cercidas of Megalopolis says in his Iambic Verses: "There was a pair of beautiful-buttocked girls in Syracuse"

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Nymphet Kylie Jenner Gets an Erect Penis [Cake] VIDEO

Us Weekly reported that rapper Tyga hosted a 17th birthday party for Kylie Jenner. The party took place last Sunday for the Kardashian family member and was attended by the likes of Justin Bieber.

Tyga asked Bieber to serenade the nymphet, he purchased birthday party hats emblazoned with Kylie's picture, and he ordered a custom made cake that was shaped like a large erect penis. 

After the festivities, the 17-year-old posted on her Instagram account, "Thank u everyone & T for the [large erect penis] cake & JB for singing happy bday to me. I love u guys."