Thursday, July 23, 2015

HIGH SCHOOL GIRL (1974) [Italian: Cugini carnali]: A Braless Teen Causes Stampede in Italy

Here's the IMDb plot summary for High School Girl (1974), [Italian: Cugini Carnali (1974)]:
Nico, a shy sixteen-year-old boy, becomes acquainted with his cousin Sonia, who stays at his home during the summer. Before leaving for Rome, Sonia finds a way to share her bed with him.
This may be hard to believe, but until I read AJ Jabobs' The Guinea Pig DiariesI didn't realize that white men whom worked in white collar positions noticed beautiful women on the streets of Manhattan. 

I was shocked by Jacobs' honesty about his attraction to other women besides his wife. That was profound, because I've never understood why white men did not appear to notice beautiful women in New York City - unless the men are drunk or construction workers.

It dawned on me after reading The Guinea Pig Diaries that it may be a class thing. After reading Jacobs' chapter on being honest, I realized that educated white men actually do notice beautiful women, but it's considered impolite to openly gawk (i.e., it's done very discreetly).

And I would imagine that many educated men of color are the same way. For example, I can't imagine Ta-Nehisi Coates turning around to openly look at nymphet's derrière. 

One may get the impression that men of color and, from the scene in High School Girl (1974) where the Italian men openly gawk at the braless nymphet upon her bike, are more sexual than say the French or Japanese, but that behavior may be more class based than based on ethnicity. However, I would argue that the French and Japanese are the leaders in showing their nympholepsy in their art and media.

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