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”."

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