Wednesday, December 28, 2016

THE PARIS REVIEW's Best of 2016: A Teen Prostitution Post

The Paris Review is on vacation until after the holidays, but they posted "[...] we’re reposting some of our favorite pieces from 2016. Enjoy your holiday!" And what is one of their favorite pieces? It is Max Nelson's May 5, 2016 post "Overdrafts of Pleasure" that is about John Cleland’s "[...] two-volume novel called Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure, or Fanny Hill, published when he was in debtor’s prison between 1748 and 1749 [...]" 

In the novel, Fanny entered the brothel when she was fifteen, which preceded her "sexual initiation" that involved lipstick lesbian sex with a seasoned prostitute. Fanny's first customer was a "[...] debauched elderly caller “with a yellow cadaverous hue”."

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

SECRET LOLITA: Italian (Pre)Teen Prostitutes Inspire Nabokov's LOLITA?

Alex Beam wrote in The Feud: Vladimir Nabokov, Edmund Wilson, and the End of a Beautiful Friendship that in June of 1948, Wilson sent Nabokov a copy of "Confession Sexuelle d'un Russe du Sud" that was deemed by psychologist Havelock Ellis to be an authentic memoir of the "sexual  odyssey" of a wealthy Ukrainian engineer. 

"Confession Sexuelle d'un Russe du Sud" was translated into Secret Lolita: The Confessions of Victor X by Donald Rayfield - an emeritus professor of Russian and Georgian at Queen Mary University of London. Here's a conservative excerpt that describes two of the Italian pre-teen prostitutes:
"I was sent with some colleagues to Naples by my firm’s management [...] If you buy something in a shop, the shopkeeper, who may look quite respectable, will offer to show you a little girl of twelve, ten or eight. Pimps accost strangers in the street offering them little girls [...] Families who are not badly off and who have some standing, petty shopkeepers, clerks, tailors, cobblers also traffic in their prepubescent girls. For the reasonable price of twenty, thirty, forty francs you are just allowed to have fun or to play with them.
If you want to deflower one, that costs more [...] 

The two little girls were both as expert as each other [...] They were very sensual but, oddly enough, the younger one was even more so than her sister. [S]he had violent orgasms when she looked like someone in death-throes, and secreted copiously. She adored obscene talk, photographs and reading, and used her erotic talents enthusiastically. When I came to the house, her face beamed with joy. I remember the deeply heartbroken, unhappy look she had one day when, to save money, I said I would made do with just the older girl. When afterwards I came out of the bedroom after that session, I saw the younger girl sitting on a chair by the door listening, her face sallow with vexation, trembling all over with frustration. She was overjoyed the next time when it was her turn to be asked for. She started dancing."
What we know is that Wilson and Nabokov, to Vera's dismay, exchanged erotic literature. At least some of the bawdy texts were non-fiction and profiled nymphets. Nabokov was so fond of this particular text that he wrote about it in the English and Russian versions of his autobiography. 

For example, In Speak, Memory he wrote that the "'sexual confessions' (to be found in Havelock Ellis and elsewhere), [...] involve tiny tots mating like mad."  And we know that "Confession Sexuelle d'un Russe du Sud", according to Wilson, "no doubt inspired Lolita". 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Hailee Steinfeld: A Teen's Joy of Masturbation

18-year-old Hailee Steinfeld's debut single "Love Myself" (2015) is about teen masturbation. In the song, Hailee sings about keeping the tempo right, nice and slow, anytime - day or night. Here are some lyrics:

"Love Myself"

When I get chills at night
I feel it deep inside without you, yeah
Know how to satisfy
Keeping that tempo right without you, yeah

Pictures in my mind on replay
I'm gonna touch the pain away
I know how to scream my own name
Scream my name

(I love me)
Gonna love myself, no, I don't need anybody else
Gonna love myself, no, I don't need anybody else
(I love me)
Can't help myself, no, I don't need anybody else
Anytime, day or night
(I love me)
Gonna love myself, no, I don't need anybody else
Gonna love myself, no, I don't need anybody else
(I love me)
Can't help myself, no, I don't need anybody else
Anytime that I like
(I love me)

I'll take it nice and slow
Feeling good on my own without you, yeah
Got me speaking in tongues
The beautiful, it comes without you, yeah

I'm gonna put my body first
And love me so hard 'til it hurts
I know how to scream out the words
Scream the words

Unlike middle-aged feminists, we at the Allure of Nymphets admit that nymphets have sexual fantasies and masturbate, but, in an effort to get some streams via the allure of a nymphet, it's still a bit shocking to see a teen gyrating in downtown Los Angeles while singing about her joy of masturbating. 

Subsequently, Steinfeld starred in The Edge of Seventeen (2016). Here's a bit of Wikipedia's plot summary:
[17-year-old] Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) continues to crush on Nick (Alexander Calvert), an older mysterious guy who she has only met once at a local pet store. She is constantly stalking his social media account and is only interested in his outside appearances.
In the heat of the moment, she writes a sexually explicit text to Nick, but decides against sending it. She accidentally hits "send" and is mortified.
Nadine (Steinfeld) | The Edge of Seventeen

In one scene, during lunch in the high school's cafeteria, Nadine asked her best friend, "What if I liked your dad? What if I gave your dad a hand job?"

Emily Dickinson (Steinfeld) | Dickinson

And most recently, Steinfeld played Emily Dickinson in Dickinson on Apple TV+. In season one, to be become the world's greatest poet wasn't the only thing Emily wanted. In addition, Emily wanted to maintain a teen lipstick lesbian affair with her brother's fiancĂ© and an age-gap affair with Benjamin Newton - her father's law clerk. And Emily enjoyed opium, which led to a house party with twerking nymphets

Schnitzler's DREAM STORY: A Teen's Invitation to a Three (3)-Way

Schnitzler's Dream Story was the inspiration for Eyes Wide Shut (1999). The scenes that are the most relevant for this blog are very similar in the novella and Kubrick's film. 

In the film, Dr. Harford (Tom Cruise) visits the Rainbow costume boutique to purchase a cloak and mask to attend a masquerade (i.e., orgy). While perusing the racks, Milich, the owner, discovers that his young daughter is having a three-way with two middle-aged Asian men. When Milich violently confronts the Asian men, "Couldn't you see she's a child?" They inform Milich that his young daughter invited them to the orgy: 
"Are you crazy? We were invited here by the young lady." 
"This is preposterous. The young lady invited us here?" 
However, Milich eventually consents to the three-way between his "child" and the two Asian men.

In the novella, a "graceful little girl" who was further described as a "young and charming girl, still almost a child, wearing a Pierrette costume" was discovered frolicking with "[t]wo men, dressed in the red robes of vehmic judges" as "a fragrance of roses and powder arose from her delicate breasts". "There was a smile of impish desire in her eyes."
"Gentlemen," cried Gibiser [the nymphet's father], "you will stay here while I call the police." 
"What's got into you?" they exclaimed, and continued as if with one voice: "We were invited by the young lady." 
A subtle difference between the novella and film is that only one of the men exited the nymphet's room the next day "with an open top-coat over his evening clothes [...] waved his hand to Gibiser, lighted a cigarette with a match from the desk, and left the apartment."

There was another scene in the novella that featured "quite a young girl, possibly fifteen years old, with loose blond hair hanging over her shoulders and on one side over her delicate breast." Fridolin, the novella's protagonist, said: 
"Her eyes welcomed me, beckoned to me, and at the same time slightly mocked me, as she glanced at the strip of water between us. Then she stretched her young and slender body, glad of her beauty, and proudly and sweetly stirred by my obvious admiration."
And Fridolin indulged in the services of a prostitute who was described as a "young and pretty little thing".