Monday, October 12, 2020

Russell's MY DARK VANESSA: A Boarding School Student and English Teacher Sexual Affair


Here's part of Amazon's plot summary for My Dark Vanessa: "My Dark Vanessa is an exploration of the repercussions of a March/December relationship between a teacher [42-year-old Jacob Strane] and his [boarding school] student [15-year-old Vanessa] [...] but in her mind the story is about her first love and their all-consuming passion."

There has been a lot of discussion around Kate Elizabeth Russell's My Dark Vanessa. For exampleI've listened to a number of book club discussions on the novel like Kaia Gerber's Instagram Book Club and The Readheads Book Club, but I was left frustrated, because it was consistently expressed that Vanessa had to reluctantly convinced that she was a victim in the sexual affair with her Harvard educated English teacher. But that's misleading, because that implies that Vanessa was convinced that she was a victim. 

For instance, Charlotte Lawrence, a guest on Gerber's book club, stated, "Also, it's like she herself doesn't even, you know, realize that she's a "victim"." But very interestingly, Charlotte subconsciously made air quotes upon saying "victim".

Let's list some evidence from the book that shows that Vanessa did not consider herself a victim and was not convinced otherwise. And let's start with the book jacket:

"But how can Vanessa reject her first love, the man who fundamentally transformed her and has been a persistent presence in her life?"

"Thought-provoking and impossible to put down, this is a masterful portrayal of troubled adolescence and its repercussions that raises questions about [...] victimhood."

Russell even included an implausible disclaimer: "[...] this is a work of fiction, and the characters and settings are entirely imaginary." That is, at a minimum, hyperbolic or a lie, because that's entirely impossible. No one can write a novel that's "entirely imaginary"."

The novel's dedication is: "For the real-life Dolores Hazes and Vanessa Wyes whose stories have not yet been heard, believed, or understood." And at the end of the first chapter she included" "[#]BELIEVE WOMEN". But this a sort of double entendre, because Vanessa wanted to be believed and understood that she was not a victim. 

On page 51, Vanessa questioned the validity of age-of-consent laws: "Like the laws that flatten all the sex I had with Strane before I turned eighteen into legal rape - are we supposed to believe the birthday is magic? It's as arbitrary a marker as any. Doesn't it make sense that some girls are ready sooner?"

While Strane was attracted to Vanessa, Vanessa shared that she was attracted to : "I sought him out during faculty service hour [...] So, I'm impatient, maybe even desperate. I want something to happen [...] I don't really care what the something else might be--another touch, a compliment. It doesn't matter so long as it tells me what he wants [...]"

The book clubbers opined that Strane used Lolita to seduce Vanessa, but here's Vanessa's reaction to the most famous age-gap novel: "It isn't only the plot, its story of a seemingly ordinary girl who is really a deadly demon in disguise and the man who loves her."

What Vanessa learned from Lolita was that she had power - not that she was powerless (i.e., a victim): "I have power. Power to make it happen. Power over him. I was an idiot for not realizing this sooner."

Charlotte went on to say, "It was a world wind of emotions because, like, it's so sad. Like, this poor girl is so young and she just doesn't understand it yet [...]"

But the sexual affair began when Vanessa was a Browick boarding school sophomore and ended when she was in her thirties. 

And On page 58, Vanessa expressed disappointment that no one noticed their age gap when she was an adult: "Now when we touch each other, the world doesn't even notice. I know there should be freedom in that, but to me it only feels like loss."

Russel wrote over 370 pages with example after of example of how Vanessa did not view herself as a victim - even until adulthood. But Russel wrote in the very last paragraph of the novel: "And finally, thank you to the self-proclaimed nymphets, the Los I've met over the years who carry within them similar histories of abuse that looked like love, who see themselves in Dolores Haze. This book was written for no one but you."

I call absolute bullsh*t. Russell used the allure of nymphets to sell a lot of copies of My Dark Vanessa. For example, in the very first chapter, Vanessa, as an adult, masturbated, as she and Strane reminisced about their affair:

Vanessa requested Strane, "[....] give me a memory, something I can slip into." After Vanessa turned onto her stomach and shoved a pillow between her legs to masturbate, Strane reminisced about when he performed oral sex on Vanessa: "[...] in the office behind his classroom". Vanessa was: "[...] fifteen and naked from the waist down, sprawled on the couch [...]" Strane added, "[...] I remember once you bit down on your bottom lip so hard, you started to bleed, but you wouldn't let me stop."

Lastly, Stephen King opined that My Dark Vanessa is a: “[...] well-constructed package of dynamite.”

Sunday, October 4, 2020

DO NOT APPLY (2019): A High School Cheerleader Fetish & Teen Entrapment

Here's IMDb's plot summary for Do Not Reply (2019): 

"Chelsea, a teenager, is abducted through a social media app by Brad and is held captive with other girls who are to become victims in his virtual reality filmed murders."

That about sums the film up, but it's worth noting that Brad, like Glass' (2019) Kevin Wendell Crumbhas a high school cheerleader fetish, and he appears to be in his mid to late twenties. 

The film's ending may be its most intriguing part. Minutes before Do Not Reply (2019) ends, two 13-year-old nymphets attempt to meet a "cute" 17-year-old boy via a social media app. 


The Asian nymphet was concerned that a 17-year-old boy wouldn't, "[...] pickup a couple of 13-year-old girls." No problem. The white teen changed their ages to 16. Consequently, to the nymphet's delight, the 17-year-old texted, "Hey BlueRibbonGirl, You wanna hang out??? I can pick you up in like 10 min."


But that wasn't the most intriguing part. After the nymphet's attempted to entrap the 17-year-old, the screen faded to a public service announcement from The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: "The average age of online enticement victims is 15 years old."


But there was enticement being done - on both sides. The 13-year-old nymphets were knowingly enticing a 17-year-old, but the 17-year-old was unknowingly enticing two 13-year-olds. 

However, it doesn't matter. IRL, the 17-year-old, at a minimum, would have, like Ansel Elgort, been (incorrectlycalled a pedophile. And at a maximum, he would have served jail time and had to register as a sex offender. And the nubile nymphets? Innocent. Not even a proverbial slap on the wrists. 

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Teen Paris Hilton in Push Up Bra: "You Derty Lil Girl" & Paris' Teen Age-Gap Sex Tape


For #FBF [Flash Back Friday] (APRIL 24, 2020), Paris Hilton was apparently filled with nostalgia. 

Consequently, she posted a seductive photo on her Instagram (IG) account from when she was a 15-year-old nymphet. 

In the photo, a nubile Hilton's derriere is barely covered by her skimpy skirt, her young but large breasts are prominent, and her look is flirtatious. 

Hilton shared in the caption that she used a push up bra to help prominently display her fountains: "Back when I was 15 and discovered the wonders of a push up bra an eyeliner." 

As of the time of this post, Hilton's IG post was viewed 3,001,800 times, and it had over 3,000 comment such as from mr.gus.bridges, who wrote: "You Derty lil girl"

[UPDATE: October 3, 2020]


This Is Paris (2020), Paris Hilton's documentary, was revealing. Paris promoted the documentary by teasing that she was abused as a teen. Some assumed that Paris was referring to sexual abuse, but she was referring to physical abuse. 

Per Hannah Yasharoff's USA Today post "'We're all survivors': Paris Hilton alleges widespread abuse at her former school in new documentary" (Sep. 7, 2020): "Hilton alleges her tumultuous young adult years were the result of experiencing verbal, emotional and physical abuse during the 11 months she attended Provo Canyon School, a Utah boarding school for troubled teens."

Interestingly, Hilton shared that she attended other boarding schools (for troubled teens) prior to attending Provo Canyon School. But even more interestingly, Nicky Hilton, Paris's sister, shared why their parents sent Paris to those schools.

Nicky: "She was very naughty."
Paris: "What?"
Nicky: "She was [...] I told on her with everything [...]" 
Paris: "Thanks bitch."
Nicky: "[...] Have you ever said sorry to mom and dad?" 
Paris: "No."

Paris Hilton & Rick Salomon

What type of additional naughty things were Paris involved in during her nymphet years. Well, it turns out, per Paris, that 1 Night in Paris (2004), her famous sex tape, was filmed when she was 18. And Rick Salomon, her co-star slash boyfriend, was in his early thirties.


Paris shared in This Is Paris, "That was a private moment with a teenage girl." And, "It was my first real relationship - 18. I was just so in love with him. I wanted to make him happy."






Saturday, September 26, 2020

LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE & TEENAGE BOUNTY HUNTERS: High School Teen Hand Jobs

Tom Wolfe related in Hooking Up that in high schools and junior high schools, from the plush suburbs of Washington to the underprivileged schools of the South Bronx, thirteen and fourteen-year-old girls were performing fellatio on boys between classes. 

And Kerry Cohen shared in Dirty Little Secrets Breaking the Silence on Teenage Girls and Promiscuity that: "Thirteen year old girls proudly extol their abilities to give blow jobs, which they do in the bathrooms at parties or at school. Middle and high schoolers have sex parties [...] and lots of adolescent girls watch porn."

However, Wolfe and Cohen didn't share want went on (directly) outside of (some) high schools and junior high schools. James Franco gave us a glimpse in Palo Alto, which is, per Moviefone, "inspired by his teenage exploits": 

In the parking lot behind Palo Alto High School: "She got into the back seat. She was on her hands and knees on the seat. Seth got behind her [...] He pushed her skirt up and took off her panties. Ramone stood at the open back door, in front of her face, and undid his pants. His dick was huge [...] Seth was doing it really hard, and the car was shaking. Pam was choking [...]"

We previously wrote a post about the pilot episode 90210 where 15-year-old Wendy (Meghan Markle) performed oral sex on Ethan, the star of the Lacrosse team - in an SUV in front of West Beverly Hills High School. 

Little Fires Everywhere (S01E03)

Most recently on Hulu's Little Fires Everywhere (S01E03), after school, Lexie gave her boyfriend a handjob while reading him an essay. #multitasking

Teenage Bounty Hunter (S01E01)

And on Netflix's Teenage Bounty Hunters (S01E01),  outside of Willingham Academy, Sterling gave her boyfriend a handjob - to completion. 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Dr. Phil | TikTok "Daddy"

Halle Kiefer's Vulture post, "Dr. Phil Beseeches You to Please, Stop Commenting ‘Daddy’ on All His Posts" (SEPT. 11, 2020), did not surprise us, because we've posted about the Daddy Thing a number of time.

From Solitary Man (2009), where Ben Kalmen (Michael Douglas) became "clingy” after he had sex with Allyson, his teen step-daughter, whom referred to sex with her step-daddy as the "Daddy Thing". To Brett Gelman's short story "Santa Daddy" that was posted on Vice where Angela invited a middle-aged bearded man to her apartment. After she asked the man to put on a Santa Claus costume, she demanded, “Spank me, Santa Daddy! Spank that ass, Santa Daddy! Spank that 16-year-old ass! Merry Christmas!” And James Franco's Instagram account was flooded with Daddy references too.
 

Keifer posted:

Honestly, good luck, Phil. In a move destined to cause a tidal wave of new comments on all his videos, Dr. Phil McGraw took to TikTok this week to beg his followers: Please, for the love of God, stop commenting “daddy” on all his social-media posts.

“You have to stop commenting ‘daddy’ on all my posts,” the TV host asks over angelic harp music.

“I ain’t your daddy. I hate to break it to you, but I ain’t your daddy, and your real daddy is probably getting his feelings hurt. I appreciate the support. It’s a little weird, but I do appreciate the support.”

One may get the impression that Dr. Phil was naïve about the meaning of the Daddy reference, but his, "It’s a little weird [...]" revealed that he suspected that the Daddy references were not innocent.

Interestingly, in this regard, nymphets tend to be a bit more discrete IRL than they are online; thus, instead of asking, "Daddy?", they may ask, "Can I call you dad?"

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Lana Del Rey: Lolita, Little Girls and Daddy


In Malka Howley's PopMatters article, “You Know You Like Little Girls: Lana Del Rey and Dolores Haze" (20 Feb 2013), Lana Del Rey described herself as, “Lolita lost in the hood."

Thus, unsurprisingly, references to the most famous nymphet are peppered throughout Lana’s early lyrics. For example, “Little Girls (Put Me In A Movie)” is a song on Lana Del Ray (2010). Here is a self-explanatory excerpt from the lyrics:

Lights, camera, action
If he likes me, takes me home
Come on, you know you like little girls
Come on, you know you like little girls
You can be my daddy
You can be my daddy

What may not be apparent is that “Put Me In A Movie” is an additional reference to Lolita as Lolita had an affinity for the movies. “Everything was fine. There, in the lobby, she [Lolita] sat, deep in an overstuffed blood-red armchair, deep in a lurid movie magazine.”

“Carmen” is a song that was co-written by Lana and is on Born to Die (2012) - Lana’s second album. Sometimes, Humbert referred to Lolita as Carmen. “My Carmen,” I said (I used to call her that sometimes), “we shall leave this raw sore town as soon as you get out of bed.” 

“Off to the Races” is on Born to Die too and was co-written by Lana as well. A riff of “Off to the Races” contains one of Lolita’s most famous sentences: 

Light of his life, fire of his loins
Keep me forever, tell me you want me
Light of your life, fire of your loins
Tell me you want me, gimme them coins

Humbert said it better: “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.” 

And “Lolita” is on Born to Die: The Paradise Edition (2012) - an album reissue. Here is “Lolita’s” riff: 

Hey Lolita, hey
Hey Lolita, hey
I know what the boys want, I'm not gonna play
Hey Lolita, hey
Hey Lolita, hey
Whistle all you want but I'm not gonna say
No more skipping rope, skipping heart beats with the boys downtown
Just you and me feeling the heat even when the sun goes down


Sunday, August 30, 2020

CALL HER DADDY: Miley Cyrus' Pre-Teen Lipstick Lesbian Orgy


Miley Cyrus was a guest on Alexandra Cooper's Call Her Daddy podcast (August 13, 2020) where Miley shared that, when she was 11-years-old, she opined that Minnie Mouse was "super fucking hot". Alexandra responded, ""Oh my God, you're like Minnie, 'You. Me. Let's fuck!'" 

And Miley shared that she had, at least one, pre-teen lipstick lesbian orgy. 

Here's part of the relevant dialogue:

Miley Cyrus: "When I was like 11-years-old, I used to think that like Minnie Mouse was super fucking hot [...]"

Alexandra Cooper: "Oh my God, you're like Minnie, 'You. Me. Let's fuck!'"

Cyrus: "Yeah, when I was like 11 or 12 [...] I got most of my girlfriends to hookup with me."

Cooper: "That is such an amazing. That's amazing."

Cyrus: "The first time I ever hooked up with anyone was with a girl. 
Two of them."

Cooper: "And did you go past first base?"

Cyrus: "Yeah! Oh yeah!"

Cooper: "Miley's like, 'Of course. Oh my God. Absolutely.'"

Cooper: "OK. Then when did you hookup with a guy?"

Cyrus: "Ah, I hooked up with - well I didn't go all the way with a dude - [until] I was 16."

Unlike Jessica Simpson, Miley portrayed her pre-teen lipstick lesbian experience(s) in a positive light. 

Jessica Simpson shared in her memoir, Open Book, that she was "sexually abused" from the ages of six to 12 by a (one-year) older female family friend. The alleged abuse occurred during sleepovers approximately three times per year for six years. 

Simpson shared that the (one-year) older nymphet initiated the sex with 'tickling': “It would start with tickling my back and then go into things that were extremely uncomfortable.” 


But Simpson shared in a People interview that she felt like she was an abuser as well, “I allowed it to happen, so I felt that I was as much of the abuser as the abused. So I was very shameful during that time, from 6 to 12 years old.”

From our research, Simpson appears to be an anomaly and Miley is more like the nymphets in Nancy Friday's My Secret Garden: Women’s Sexual Fantasies. For example, Marina only had "a vague idea of what lovemaking was" until she met her friend - a 10-year-old Mediterranean girl. Marina and the Mediterranean nymphet used to sit at opposite ends of the bathtub and pour warm water from a Russian silver teapot all over their clitorises while caressing their bodies "with infallible, instinctive verve."

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Quibi's WHEN THE STREETLIGHTS GO ON (2020): A High School Student-Teacher Sexual Affair Turns Deadly



Here's Quibi's plot summary for When The Streetlights Go On (2020): "A double-homicide in a small midwestern suburb rattles the lives of a group of teenagers and sends investigators searching for answers in the fall of 1995. A meditation on growing up, the passing of time, and the insidious violence that lurks in the suburbs."


Oddly, Quibi didn't mention the names or descriptions of the double-homicide victims.

IMDb has a shorter but slightly more descriptive plot summary: "The residents of a small town grapple with the ruthless killing of a young girl and a teacher."


That's better, but we'll add some vital details. The young girl is Chrissy Monroe and the [English] teacher is Mr. Carpenter - Chrissy's lover. Mr. Carpenter is described as: "[...] the teacher all the guys wanted to be and all the girls wanted to be with."


I won't spoil the ending by revealing the killer(s), but I'll remind you that, unsurprisingly, teen boys and middle-aged women are typically the most adverse to age-gap relationships between nymphets and men. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Lifetime's INSTAPSYCHO (2020): A High School Student Obsessed with a Teacher & Teen Instagram Thirst Traps


Here's the About the Movie from My Lifetime for InstaPsycho (2020): "When a selfie goes fatally wrong, Gwen must protect her daughter, Maddie, from her social media obsessed best friend."


It's clear from the beginning of InstaPsycho that Maddie (Laura Wiggins) is "obsessed" with Mr. Davenport - her high school English teacher. 


Kelly, Maddie's classmate, opined, "He's totally doable."
Kelly went on to say to Maddie, "Don't act like you're not thinking about it all day. You're obsessed [with your English teacher]."


Kelly had her own obsession problem stemming from her step-father, whom she faux seduced in a pair of short grey tights into drinking a poisonous substance. 

Like Law & Order: SVU, Lifetime uses the allure of nymphets to get views. And the nymphets in InstaPsycho used their allure to get views on social media.


In one scene, Kelly wore a stolen bra on Instagram Live and asked her viewers, "What do you think?" 


In another scene, Kelly took a selfie - up. her. shorts. When Maddie questioned Kelly about the risqué social media post, Kelly replied, "So [...] Like what you see? Hashtag pee-ka-boo."


Subsequently, in an effort to "step up" their social media game, Kelly suggested to Maddie that they kiss. 


However, Maddie suggested that they write "Suck It Sasha" across their cleavages. 


The most interesting scene in InstaPsycho was when Mr. Davenport was accused of having an affair with Maddie - as evidenced by a pair of Maddie's hot pink panties in Mr. Davenport's desk drawer. 

That scene was particularly interesting because, not only did the principal suspend Mr. Davenport, the principal suspended Maddie too, which is highly unusual, because students are not typically reprimanded in teacher-student relationships - even if it's revealed that the student liedTheoretically, a high school nymphet could seduce and have sex with an unlimited number English teachers, and she would go unscathed. 

Lastly, while we were watching InstaPsycho, we were trying to figure out how we knew Laura Wiggins, and an IMDb search revealed that we knew her from Shameless

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Frank Bidart’s “Herbert White”: A Nympholept Necrophiliac Serial Killer


Herbert White (2010), Directing Herbert White (2014), and “Directing Herbert White” are three James Franco pieces that are based on Frank Bidart’s poem “Herbert White”:

Here are some relevant excerpts from Bidart’s “Herbert White”, which is about a married, with kids, serial killer who kidnaps nymphets and rapes them - even after death. And when the nymphet’s bodies become too decomposed for necrophilia, Herbert  masturbated “letting it fall on her” :

When I hit her on the head, it was good,

and then I did it to her a couple of times,—[...] I liked to drive past the woods where she lay,

tell the old lady and the kids I had to take a piss,

hop out and do it to her... [...] When the body got too discomposed,

I'd just jack off, letting it fall on her…[...] well, like I said, she didn't move: and I saw,

under me, a little girl was just lying there in the mud: [...] I got in the truck, and started to drive,

and saw a [new] little girl—

who I picked up, hit on the head, and

screwed, and screwed, and screwed, and screwed, then

buried,

in the garden of the motel…[...] — About six months ago, I heard Dad remarried,

so I drove over to Connecticut to see him and see

if he was happy.

She was twenty-five years younger than him: [...] I kept thinking about getting a [new] girl,

and the more I thought I shouldn't do it,

the more I had to—

I saw her coming out of the movies,

saw she was alone, and

kept circling the

blocks as she walked along them,

saying, 'You're going to leave her alone.'

'You're going to leave her alone.'

Except for the part where the serial killer visited his father, whom married a woman “twenty-five years younger than him”, Franco’s Herbert White (2010) depicts that poem very closely; thus, let us take a look at “Directing Herbert White” where we learn that Bidart, a Pulitzer Prize winning poet, wrote “Herbert White” while he was a student at Harvard and that Herbert White is based on “The Necrophiliac” - a medical case study in 21 Abnormal Sex Cases

Franco went on to share in “Directing Herbert White”: “James [Franco] knew after hearing the poem read in class at Warren Wilson [College] that it was something he wanted to adapt to film. These impulses are visceral.” Yes. The allure of nymphets does cause some men to have visceral impulses

Yet for some reason, Franco wrote: “Herbert has a secret - he’s a murderer of women and a fucker of corpses - which he can tell no one,” instead of: “Herbert has a secret - he’s a murderer of nymphets and a fucker of teen corpses - which he can tell no one.” 

Herbert White (2010)

Thursday, August 13, 2020

I USED TO GO HERE (2020): A Professor and Student in Bed Causes Jealousy

Here is Rotten Tomatoes' Movie Info for I Used to Go Here (2020):

Following the lackluster launch of her debut novel [...] Kate Conklin (Gillian Jacobs) receives an invitation from her former professor and old crush [David Kirkpatrick](Jemaine Clement) to speak at her alma mater. With her book tour cancelled, and her ego deflated, Kate decides to take the trip, wondering if returning to her old college as a published author might give her the morale boost she sorely needs. Instead, she falls into [...] feelings of jealousy toward her former professor's new favorite student [...]

In the film, Kate and April's ex-boyfriend suspected that April was having an affair with professor Kirkpatrick. Consequently, Kate, April's ex, and some college students invaded the professor's home, only to discover the married professor in bed with April - his creative writing student. 

Interestingly, Kate was jealous of April, because when Kate was professor Kirkpatrick's student, she tried to kiss him, but he didn't oblige. Instead, the professor read Kate the rules against professor-student affairs from the faculty guidebook.  

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave I Used to Go Here 3.5 out of 5 starts and opined (August 6, 2020):

Gillian Jacobs [Kate] stars in this scrappy college comedy about a failed author who visits her alma mater looking for a confidence boost. Don't be fooled by filmmaker Kris Rey's playful style - her characters walk the same moral minefields as the rest of us. 









Tuesday, August 11, 2020

TEEN VOGUE & TikTok: Masturbating Nymphets [Teens] | Two (Magic Wand) Vibrators Are Better Than One

We hadn't viewed a Teen Vogue Instagram (IG) story in some time; thus, fearful that we had missed some relevant advice for teens, we recently took a look and lo and behold we learned that Anna Borges advised the Teen Vogue IG account followers to have not one - but two (Magic Wand) vibrators. 

Borges wrote in the post "The Magic Wand Vibrator Is So Good I Own Two: It’s all fun and games until your vibe dies while you’re using it.":

If you’re a [teen] lover of vibrators, chances are you’ve lived this nightmare at least once: You’re masturbating or playing with a partner, you’re vibing, you’re having a good time, and just when you’re really drowning in pleasure, everything stops. Battery dead. Vibrations gone. Clit sad. Impending orgasm ruined. It’s the worst. And until recently, it wasn’t really an experience I tried to problem-solve.

But recently, I stumbled on a solution: Owning two of my favorite vibrators so one is always charged. I know, I’m a visionary.

Interestingly, Borges' article originally appeared in Self - a magazine for non-teens, but someone thought that it was a grand idea to share the information with Teen Vogue's readers. Per Condé Nast, Teen Vogue's publisher: "Teen Vogue is the young person’s guide to saving the world [two (Magic Wand) vibrators at a time]." 

We suspect that Borges' article is an advertisement for Babeland whom, based on potential market research, may be aware that, per TikTok, nymphets typically don't use vibrators to masturbate. Instead, teens masturbate with hair brushes, ice cubes, jacuzzi jets, shower heads, and vibrating phones. 



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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Netflix's BABY (2019): Italian Schoolgirl Teen Prostitutes in Rome


We were doing some research on the second season of Big Mouth (2019) when Netflix suggested the second season of Baby (2019). We were charmed by the thumbnail, intrigued by the plot summary, and entertained by the trailer. And absorbed by Emily Tannenbaum's Cosmopolitaarticle "The True Story Behind Netflix's 'Baby' Is Even More Disturbing Than the Show". 

Here's Netflix's plot summary: At an exclusive private high school, student athlete Chiara forges an unlikely bond with rebellious classmate Ludovica [...]But it wasn't until we read Tannenbaum's article that we realized that the "unlikely bond" between Chiara and Ludovica is teen prostitution and that the teen drama is based on a true story - the 'Baby Squillo' (i.e., baby prostitute) scandal. 
Tannenbaum shared:

[...] Baby is a grime-stained window into the lives of various students who attend an exclusive Roman high school. Mostly, the series focuses on Chiara (Benedetta Porcaroli) and Ludovica (Alice Pagani), who turn to high-end prostitution to make money.

THE TRUE STORY: Back in 2014, it was discovered [...] that two high school girls in the wealthy district of Parioli, Rome were selling their bodies [like (some) Japanese schoolgirlsfor sex in order to buy luxury products like designer clothes and electronics [...] [A] dozen more girls were involved in the underage prostitution ring, but it "centers on a 14-year-old [Agnese] and a 16-year-old [Angela] who told investigating prosecutor Cristina Macchiusi that they got into the game by searching 'easy money' on Google."
A number of men, including a descendant of Mussolini, were arrested for not being able to resist the allure of Italian nymphet prostitutes, but (unsurprisingly) none of the teen prostitutes were arrested.

And just like Demi Moore's mother, Agnese's mother encouraged men to exchange sex for money with her teen daughter. 

In addition, Tannenbaum wrote that: "[...] Baby has been the subject of massive pushback from the National Center on Sexual Exploitation for "glamorizing" the true story of the 'Baby Squillo' scandal [...]" In response to the pushback, Netflix Vice President of International Originals Kelly Luegenbiehl said, “The first thing that we are always looking for is authenticity, and this show has that." 
In addition to Italian schoolgirl prostitution, two other motifs stood out from Baby: raunchy Italian prep school students and materialism. For example, the directors made it a point to show Italian teens in thongs. 

There were some notable quotes about teen prostitution from the series. For instance, Chiara shared with Ludovica that she liked how a john treated her like an adult, "He treated me like a grown up." 
One of the Italian pimps said in reference to Chiara and Ludovica, "We're helping them do something they freely chose to do. Did I force them to come here tonight? [...] Of course not."

When a john asked Ludovica, "Sorry, but how old are you?"
Ludovica replied, "Do you want me to be a little girl or a big girl?"
john, "Thanks, but I don't go with minors. Sorry."
Ludovica replied, "What's the problem? It's consensual." Thereby, dispelling the principle held my many that a teen can't consent to underage prostitution. 
A non-teen prostitute asked Chiara a rhetorical question about why Chiara volunteered to be a teen prostitute and she answered that Chiara did it because Chiara liked being a teen prostitute, Chiara liked feeling in control, she liked that she could do whatever she pleased, and she liked feeling powerful. 

And Chiara shared with a classmate, "It might sound crazy, but sometimes I feel more comfortable with them [i.e., older johns] than with guys our age."
Lastly, per Netflix Italia's Twitter page, season 3 of Baby is scheduled to begin streaming in September.