Sunday, December 29, 2013

BLUEBEARD (2009): Only Marry Sincere Maidens

Here's part of IMDb's plot summary for Catherine Breillat's version of Bluebeard (French: La Barbe bleue): 

[In] the year 1697, as Lord Bluebeard (Dominique Thomas) prepares to make Marie-Catherine (Lola Créton) his seventh wife. Marie-Catherine's youth and innocence make her an especially attractive quarry to Bluebeard, and rather than murder her right away, he decides to wait a while in order to savor the terrible joy of claiming her life. However, as Bluebeard becomes caught in a cycle of events that keep him from following through on his wife's murder, the two slowly become something like a normal couple and Marie-Catherine begins to turn the tables on her spouse.

Catherine Breillat's version of Bluebeard (French: La Barbe bleue) is yet another example of an ephebophile playing the role of Captain Save a Ho Nymphet.

Bluebeard doesn't understand that natural looks are one of the least important characteristics of an ephebophile but that as long as a man is neat and clean, his mental make-up is the most important characteristic that is needed to marry a nymphet.

For example,  possessing a high self-confidence, having self-control (i.e., power), and being focused (i.e., consistently being in The Now) are far more important than being apparently "handsome".

Bluebeard is self-conscience about his "unattractive" looks - especially his blue beard; therefore, after Marie-Catherine's father dies and leaves her with no dowry, Bluebeard invites Marie-Catherine, her sister and a bevy of other poor maidens to the castle. Bluebeard is "generous" and is willing to help one of the nymphets escape poverty through marriage - without the need of a dowry.

Despite their wide age-gap, Bluebeard's blue beard, and his low self-esteem, Marie-Catherine is extremely eager to marry Blue Beard. But not because she is (initially) attracted to him. Like most nymphets, Marie-Catherine has an agenda, which is that she wants to escape poverty. And like most Captain Save a Ho Nymphets, in the end, Blue Beard suffers greatly due to Marie-Catherine's initial insincerity.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

AMERICAN PIE: REUNION (2012): High School Chicks? It's On!

The main theme of the iconic American Pie series is loss of virginity. And that theme continues in American Pie: Reunion where the characters return to East Great Falls, Michigan for a reunion.

In the sequel, Kara (Ali Cobrin), Jim Levenstein's (Jason Biggs) teenage neighbor, whom he used to babysit, desperately wants him to take her virginity on her 18th birthday.

In yet another example of how art often imitates life, Kara is the initial aggressor in the age-gap relationship. In one scene, after Kara goes topless in here Mini Cooper, she attempts to perform oral sex on Jim while he is driving.

High School Coed Kara & Jim
And it turns out that Stifler (Seann William Scott), arguably the most popular character in the film series, is an unabashed ephebophile. Despite being warned that high school "chicks" are half his age, he responds "It's on!"

Jim: It looks like a high school party.
Stifler: With high school chicks!
Jim: Watch it Stifler, you know these girls are, like, half your age. 
Stifler: It's on. 

And in the opening scene, Jim, who is an abashed ephebophile, attempts to masturbate while his wife is taking a bath. And what porn sites does he have bookmarked? The majority of them are teen related sites like Latina Babysitters, Young Tits and Naughty Cheerleaders. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Vivienne Mok: "Personal" Photos of Nymphets

Vivienne Mok Photography

I wrote in The Allure of Nymphets and on this blog about photographers and painters of nymphets like Jacques Bourboulon, David Hamilton, Serge MarshennikovFrank Herholdt, Richard Kern, and Balthus - all of whom are men. However, I was recently introduced to Vivienne Mok - 27-year-old female photographer .

Mok was born in New York and grew up between Paris and Hong Kong, but after she graduated from Manhattan's Parsons School of Design, she took a job as a designer in Paris at the Fashion House of Anne Valerie Hash and subsequently took up photography.

In an interview on the James Robinson Photography blog, Mok was asked, "[...] why the genre of photography you have chosen? Mok replied, "I don’t know if I have chosen this style of photography, it happened quite naturally, I think that it’s something I have in me because it is very personal." 

And in an interview on Les Filles, Mok shared, "I would describe my work as feminine, dreamy, personal." Thus, Mok described her photographs of nude and semi-nude nymphets as "personal", which could mean that the true meaning behind her photographs is private. 

Photographer Vivienne Mok

Monday, December 9, 2013

SPY Magazine: JAILBAIT | The Power of Sexy Little Girls

I saw the cover for Spy magazine's "JAILBAIT 1997 The Sudden Thor-like Rise to Power of Sexy Little Girls" on Tumblr, and I was able to find the article in the Spy archives in Google Books.

The 1997 article claims that "[...] in the last five years or so, our own civilization has developed a bit of a thing for teenage girls [...] every man, woman, and child among us has become a vile, pulsating pedophile" and that "Nabokov's 'great art' [Lolita]...did more than investigate the idea that pubescent girls can be sexually attractive, he proved it."

The article gives a reason for the seemingly sudden rise in "Lolitocracy," which is that prior to 1997, a pubescent girl would rarely be asked to play the role of a pubescent girl. Those roles were filled by older actresses like Liz Taylor and Judy Garland whom made "[...] careers out of playing pigtailed pubescent girls." 

For example, in Addams Family Values: "Under the nefarious direction of Barry Sonnenfeld, slow-zoom after slow-zoom [he] lovingly irrigated every fissure of the 11-year-old [Christine] Ricci's haughty porcelain exterior." I didn't see Addams Family Values, but I noticed that Lindsay Lohan's teen exterior was "lovingly irrigated" in Herbie Fully Loaded.

But the most plausible reason for this upsurge in attraction to nymphets is that there isn't an upsurge. The attraction as always been there, but due to cultural influences, more ephebophiles are slowly coming out of the closet. 

"In fact, the most obvious explanation for the entire jailbate takeover is that men want it to happen. Presumably, the fetish has been lying dormant, and some recent, further weakening of our culture's moral underpinnings has flushed it, ebola-like, out into the open."

Saturday, December 7, 2013

MADRID,1987 (2011): A Teacher's [Gorilla] Seduction of Student

I used to peruse the now defunct Village Voice every Wednesday to see if there were any films that were showing in Manhattan that are relevant to this blog. A review of Madrid, 1897 (2011) was written in America's former largest weekly.

Here's the IMDb plot summaryTwo characters: old and young; teacher and pupil; man and woman. Four walls within which they conjure intellectualism, relive the profession (journalism), explore politics and discover each other.

In the Spanish film, Miguel (José Sacristán), a married journalist, takes Angela (María Valverde), a young journalism student, back to his artist friend's apartment for a game of seduction.

Miguel used the Gorilla approach, which is an aggressive style of seduction where the seducer unabashedly commands his subject to submit  to his commands. For example, instead of asking Angela to take off her clothes, Miguel told her, "I'd like you to take off your clothes [...]"

And Miguel wasn't needy (i.e., He didn't allow Angela to use him for his knowledge and not expect something in return.) For instance, he asked, "We are gonna fuck, aren't we?" 

Miguel's behavior was unlike many men who would be happy to just be in the company of a nymphet and wouldn't have the wherewithal to even attempt to seduce her. However, Angela asked Miguel, "Are you ashamed of being seen with a young girl? People would think I'm your granddaughter."

However, Miguel committed a seduction faux paus when he used the pronoun "I" too much in his desire to share his views on literature, writing, art and politics. Some would opine that Miguel should have been more charming and used the Bounce Back Technique that Cabane related in The Charisma Myth, which would have allowed Angela to share her views.

Bounce Back Technique:
  1. Answer any question with a fact
  2. Add a personal note
  3. Redirect the question
For example:
[Question] "Do you like museums?"

[Fact] "I hate museums."
[Personal Note] "They don't let you touch the art."
[Redirection] "How do you feel about museums?
The international premiere of Madrid, 1897 (2011) was at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Nude Selfies by Actresses Who Play Teens

I wrote in The Allure of Nymphets that teen exhibitionism is not restricted to Girls Gone Wild videos or webcam videos posted on amateur pornography websites. 

A number of teen celebrities and/or actresses that play(ed) teens have nude pictures on the Internet. For example, former Disney stars Vanessa Hudgens and Miley Cyrus, teen drama Twilight star Ashley Greene, and Blake Lively, who played a high school teleiophile on Gossip Girlall have nude "selfies" on the Internet.

Are teens who post nude pictures and videos on the Internet negatively influenced by young celebrities or are young celebrities negatively influenced by common teens? According to Douglas Rushkoff, “It’s a giant feedback loop."

Monday, December 2, 2013

Serge Marshennikov: Russian Figurative Painter of Nude [Teen] Nymphets

In the spirit of Balthus, Serge Marshennikov [Сергей Маршенников] is a 42-year-old Russian figurative painter of nymphets. According to the website Tutt 'Art, Marshennikov graduated from Ufa Art College, attended the prestigious Repin Academy of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Russia, and did distinguished post-graduate work at the studio of Professor Milnikov.

The Hallmark Gallery website shared that Marshennikov's first solo exhibition was in 1995 at the Sangat gallery in Ufa Art College. Subsequently, he has had solo exhibitions at prestigious art galleries in a number of universities in Russia, his works have been up for auction at Christie’s of London and Bonham's in Knightsbridge, his paintings are on display at the El Paso Museum of Modern Art and the The Grace Museum in Abilene, Texas, and his paintings of nude nymphets are in private collections in Russia, England, Denmark, France and Japan.

Thus far, there has been no controversy surrounding Marshennikov work; thus, in the opinion of art aficionados, his works fall on the side of art in the art versus (soft-core) pornography debate.