Wednesday, August 18, 2021

GOSSIP GIRL (2021): Heterosexual Age-Gap Affairs & Schoolgirl Lipstick Lesbians

In addition to the (heterosexual) teen analingus, fellatio, and sex, in the 2021 Gossip Girl reboot, nympholepsy and heterosexual age-gap affairs are portrayed

For example, on episode 3, Lies Wide Shut, we learn that George, Reema's husband, was abruptly fired from his job, because George knew that his boss, a father at Constance Billard [High] School, expensed escorts. And Wendy, a teacher at Constance Billard and Reema's co-worker, discovered that, "One of the escorts he hired was a senior at Constance."

Thus, like the teen prostitutes in the wealthy district of Rome, at least one senior at Constance worked as a paid escort. 

Interestingly, in episode 4, Fire Walks With Z, Julien, a junior at Constance, receives a number of Venmo payment alerts on her iPhone

"You're being Venmoed for BJs, HJs, poppers, urine, your celebrity fleshlight, and "seven grams of better coke than the last batch," Luna informs Julien. 

Although, the Venmo payments for teen blowjobs, handjobs and urine, were part of a prank from Zoya, a Constance sophomore and Julien's half-sister, in the context of the teen escort(s) at Constance, the prank is revealing.

Julien may have been pranked, but after she shared with the club in Lies Wide Shut, "I'm in my underwear on the Daily Mail." She tells Max, "We'll WhatsApp that to Timothée." But then she thought about the possible repercussions of sexting 25-year-old Timothée a picture of a first semester prep school junior in her panties. "Actually, don't. You'll get arrested. 

(IRL, even though Timothée didn't request the picture, he would have possibly been canceled, and Julien would have been consoled.)

In episode 5, Hope Sinks, Emily, another Constance junior, shares with Aki, her schoolmate and boyfriend, that a middle-aged celebrity is giving her "the eye": 

"Please hurry, because whoever is dressed as Bruce Willis has been giving me the eye for a half hour. That is Bruce Willis. Hurry faster."

I wonder why the writer's choose Bruce Willis and not someone like Jerry Seinfeld or Leonardo DiCaprio

And in Hope Sinks, Zoya is seduced by Simon, a New York magazine reporter, because he suspects that Zoya is Gossip Girl. Jessica Goldstein wrote to Simon on Vulture in her Gossip Girl Week 5 Report Card": 

"Stalking, flirting with, and lying to a child (Zoya is 15!) for your article is gross [...]"

The Gossip Girl reboot appears to be (mostly) aimed at (young) women and non-heteronormativity viewers, but, arguably, the teen (lipstick) lesbian kissing scene in Lies Wide Shut was arguably aimed at (young) men.

Lastly, the first six episodes of the reboot are continuing the age-gap affair motif from the original series. For example, on episode 7 of the 6th season of Gossip Girl, Blair (Leighton Meester) "Invoke[d] the order of the secrets" in an attempt to blackmail representatives of the five most powerful Manhattan prep schools into attending her fashion show. 

And how did she attempt to blackmail the nymphets from The Nightingale-Bamford School, The Brearley School, The Chapin School, and The Spence School to comply with her demand?

Blair surmised that at least one of the prep school teens had an affair with her drama teacher, another with her Latin teacher and another with her father's business partner.

"Invoke the order of the secrets [...] If they don't do what you say, spill their secrets [...] And if your refuse, she'll have no choice but to reveal your affair with your drama teacher. Your Latin teacher. Your father’s business partner.” "

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Teen Stassi Schroeder: Bent to Lose Virginity to Man

Stassi Schroeder | High School Yearbook


If you don't know Nastassia 'Stassi' Schroeder, per Wikipedia: 
Nastassia Bianca Schroeder Clark (born June 24, 1988) is an American television personality, podcast host, fashion blogger, model and author. She is best known for appearing on Bravo's [popular] reality television series Vanderpump Rules (2013–2020).

Let us concentrate on the author aspect of Stassi's career by sharing chapter 7, "Like a Virgin", from Stassi's New York Times Bestseller Next Level Basic: The Definitive Basic Bitch Handbook, which I learned about from Claire Parker and Ashley Hamilton's Celebrity Memoir Book Club podcast. 


In "Like a Virgin", Stassi shared that when she was 6 or 7-years-old, she started getting a "[...] tingly feeling 'down there'" and would would "secretly fast-forward" to the piano sex scene in Pretty Woman.

I remember the first few times as a kid where I became aware that I got a tingly feeling “down there.” I didn’t know what it meant or what it was but I knew something funny happened every time I watched Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman. I remember being around six or seven and I would secretly fast-forward to the part in Dirty Dancing where Baby and Johnny finally took their dancing to the, um, next level, and that part in Pretty Woman where Richard Gere and Julia Roberts get going on a piano in the middle of a hotel ballroom. 
Next, pre-teen Stassi moved to "sophisticated porn", Cosmopolitan, and (the sex scenes in) romance novels :
As I got older, I graduated from getting off to Dirty Dancing to more sophisticated porn like Inventing the Abbotts (hello, young Joaquin Phoenix) or 91/2 Weeks. As a preteen, I took to Cosmopolitan magazine, and I would secretly stay up and read the excerpts of romance novels that they always had at the end of each issue.

In high school, Stassi realized that she was attracted to men, and she wanted to lose her virginity to a man - not a high school boy:

I knew I didn’t like high school boys because I always felt way more mature than them, so going on dates with someone my own age bored me. 

All I knew about losing my virginity was that it was going to be with a man, not a boy. And I most definitely accomplished that. 

In the end, after lying about her age, 17-year-old Stassi lost her virginity, on prom night, to Matt, a 27-year-old Matthew McConaughey doppelgänger.

I realized that we were hanging out with a guy I’d had a major crush on—a guy who was twenty-seven years old (aka a man). He legit looked like Matthew McConaughey [...] 

Later, a big group of us go back to his place. I flirted with him as much as I could, having no idea if he would take someone like me seriously.

And then he turns to me and says, “Stassi, are you eighteen?” HOLY SHIT. HOLY SHIT. HOLY SHIT. (That was my inner thought process, FYI.) At that very moment, I knew that I had two paths in front of me. I either tell him the truth (I was seventeen), or I could lie and YOLO it. And I obviously YOLO’d the shit out of it. 

So we did it, and it hurt like hell. I’m pretty much just lying there because I’M A VIRGIN AND VIRGINS HAVE NO CLUE WHAT TO DO. 

Mind-bogglingly, Parker and Hamilton opined that Stassi was groomed - obviously ignoring that Stassi shared the following points:

  • High school boys bored Stassi
  • Stassi was determined to lose her virginity to a man
  • Stassi had a major crush on Matt (Wait, did Stassi intentionally leave out the part about how Matt groomed her into developing a major crush? #rhetoricalquestion)
  • Stassi lied to Matt about her age

And Parker and Hamilton criticized Matt for asking Stassi if she were of legal age. And they questioned why Matt would want to have sex with an 18-year-old. (Consequently, I'm assuming that like, Orthodox Muslims and Jews, Parker and Hamilton are of the stance that 18-year-old porn stars, whom most often film with men, should not "filming".)

But despite all the criticisms that Parker and Hamilton had about Stassi's book, they didn't criticize Stassi for being attracted to a 27-year-old. Nor did they scold Stassi for lying about her age, which could have landed Matt in serious trouble, because, unless he's a Kennedy, the police (most likely) would not have believed Matt if Stassi claimed that she was groomed and that she did not lie about her age.

Monday, August 9, 2021

Tavi Gevinson on Teen Age-Gap Sexual Affairs

 


In Tavi Gevinson’s The Cut piece, “Britney Spears Was Never in Control”, she wrote that the Framing Britney Spears documentary reminded her of a number of men in her past whom would be comforted by the news that it’s deemed anti-feminist slash sex-negative to think that there’s anything wrong with sexualizing nymphets:
In the flurry of recent Britney Spears commentary, I thought of a few men who would be relieved to learn that it is considered anti-feminist and sex-negative to suggest that there is anything dubious about sexualizing teenagers.
Gevinson shared that when she was 18, she was in a sexually abusive relationship with a wealthy much-older man that, at the time, she classified as “complicated” slash “gray”. And at the time, Gevinson and her partner, both, believed that her celebrity: “[...] status in the world canceled out the power he wielded as an adult man.” But now Gevinson: “plainly” sees it as “assault and abuse.” 
He also seemed to believe, like I did, that my status in the world canceled out the power he wielded as an adult man [...] I held fast to the assertion that teen girls are as intelligent and capable as anyone else. I had built a career on it.

[...] encounters I classified as “complicated” or “gray” and now see plainly as assault and abuse. 

Then Gevinson wrote that “[...] youth does carry currency [...]” but it “[...] can be mistaken for power [...]”. [Emphasis added] And she shared that she was [fully] aware that her “[...] youth was an asset”. Thus, we can conclude that Gevinson deems youth as a currency and as an asset but that youth is powerless. 

I thought I was confused, but then she wrote: “But any claim to total powerlessness ignores the way youth is intertwined with our society’s conception of beauty [...]” Wait, is Gevinson saying that youth has currency, it’s an asset, and that it has some power? #confused
At the same time that young women are disadvantaged by age and gender, youth does carry currency, which can be mistaken for power. If you are a woman, however, this currency is not on your terms. When my abuser said he thought that it was I who “had all the power” while he was a hapless, insecure, wealthy, much-older-than-me man who didn’t know what he was doing, I at first believed him. I was in a splashy phase of my career. I did get us into parties. I was insecure, too, and terrified of appearing naïve, but I was also aware that my youth was an asset [...]

But any claim to total powerlessness ignores the way youth is intertwined with our society’s conception of beauty

Later, Gevinson clearly admits that she did have some power when she was 18, but I think that she’s saying that her power didn’t (fully) come from her youth but that it came from her “whiteness, thinness, cis-ness”:
When I entered the world of adult men as an 18-year-old, I was aware that I’d been granted access, visibility, and currency through my whiteness, thinness, cis-ness—what Janet Mock calls pretty privilege — as well as my social status. I could not reconcile my awareness of my power — and all the safety it promised — with the idea that I was also vulnerable in any way.
To add to the confusion, Gevinson admits that she did feel empowered during her age-gap relationship, but then she philosophically explains that feeling empowered is not the same as having power:
Like me, some felt empowered at the time of their experiences but have since come to see that there is a difference between having power and feeling empowered 
Gevinson shared that her age-gap relationship ended after she was “disposed of” for “becoming too much of a real person” and when her “body shut down and could no longer engage in sex.” In addition, she suspects that she was “disposed of” “[...] for growing up or ceasing to exist as his sexual object [...]”.
I was disposed of when I made the mistake of becoming too much of a real person and when my body shut down and could no longer engage in sex. I’ll never know for sure if he was intentionally punishing me for growing up or ceasing to exist as his sexual object, and I have no reason to trust whatever he’d tell me now, but it’s too late: I already internalized the timing as proof of my expendability.

Of Rookie magazine, Gevinson, the founder and editor-in-chief, wrote:
Rookie was realistic about the challenges girls face, publishing a wealth of great writing about consent, gender dynamics, and sexual assault. 
But I would imagine that, in hindsight, Gevinson regrets publishing Amy Rose Spiegel’s piece “Older Men: Everything you always wanted to know about them, and weren’t at all afraid to ask” where Spiegel assured the nymphet teleiophile readers of Rookie by writing:
“First, being attracted to older guys is completely and totally normal.”
“It doesn’t mean you have “daddy issues””
“Being attracted to someone older just means you are a human person who sometimes thinks other human people are sexy!”
“YOU ARE VERY MATURE FOR YOUR AGE...So it’s totally fine to moon over people who are older than you!”
“It’s totally doable [...] ”
However, in the end, it appears that Gevinson is anti-age-gap relationships as she feels that older men are too powerful for younger women. Even if the older man feels that he’s “hapless, insecure”, his older age trumps all; thus, leaving any teen\young woman utterly powerless. 

And it appears that Gevinson is implying that only older men rape teens\young women who are too drunk to consent, that only older men coerce teens\young women into having sex, and it appears that Gevinson is implying that being in a non-age-gap relationship will prevent any of those horrible things from happening to a teen\young woman. 

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Scarlett Johansson: Hypersexualised Teen | Who's to Blame?


Owen Tonks posted on the Daily Mail "Scarlett Johansson, 36, reveals she felt typecast in 'hypersexualised' roles in her teens by 'a bunch of dudes' in Hollywood" (18 July 2021) 

The actress, 36, had her break as an adult actress as Charlotte in 2003 movie Lost in Translation at the age of 18, but had her first leading role as Manny in Manny & Lo at the age of 12.

The star said she felt typecast in certain roles in her teens and on into her early 20s, telling The Sun: 'When I was working in my early twenties, and even my late teens, I felt that I got somehow typecast as hypersexualised, which I guess at the time seemed OK to everyone.

Johansson Manny & Lo (12) | Ghost World (16)

We're assuming that by "everyone", Johansson is including herself and her parent(s).  But, unsurprisingly, I'm incorrect, because Johansson recuses herself and her parents from any blame but relates that it was "kind of crafted" "probably" by "a bunch of dudes in the [film] industry.'" 

'Even though it wasn’t part of my own narrative, it was kind of crafted for me by probably a bunch of dudes in the industry.'
Johansson Ghost World (16)

Is it possible that Johansson, her parents, and the film dudes are to blame? #rhetoricalquestion Then Johansson went on to, erroneously, imply that nymphets are no longer being "typecast as hypersexualised" 

However, she insists 'the climate is so different now' and there are 'so many wonderful opportunities for women' in Hollywood today.
Netflix's Never Have I Ever

I wouldn't be surprised if Johansson didn't watch U16 handball, but I would be shocked if she didn't have a Netflix, Hulu and/or HBO Max account. 


 

Friday, August 6, 2021

Nancy Spungen: Teen Sex with Rock Stars

Nancy Spungen: Over the Years

Here are the first two sentences from Nancy Spungen's Wikipedia page:

Nancy Laura Spungen (/ˈspʌŋɡən/;[1] February 27, 1958 – October 12, 1978) was the American girlfriend of Sid Vicious and a figure of the 1970s punk rock scene. Spungen's life and death [at the age of 20] have been the subject of controversy among music historians and fans of the Sex Pistols.

On The C-Word podcast (July 8, 2021), Lena Dunham and Alissa Bennet elaborated on Spungen's life. Dunham shared that 16-year-old Spungen bragged that she had sex with the entire rock group Bad Company but that she only gave hand jobs (simultaneously) to two members of the rock band Aerosmith. In addition, Spungen reportedly had sex with Keith Richards, members of The Who, J. Geils and The Allman Brothers.

Lena: "She bragged to her sister that she had sex with the band, Bad Company, all of them."

Lena: "Aerosmith. She once said she drove around in a limousine giving double fisted handjobs to two of them at once. That sounds fun! Keith Richards. The Who. J. Geils and The Allman Brothers."

Alissa went on to say that it wasn't uncommon for a nymphet to have a poster of a rock star taped in her elementary school locker whom she had been intimate with, but Lena couldn't understand why these men (e.g., David Bowie and Mick Jagger) hadn't been canceled by the MeToo movement. 

Alissa: "This is, like, the golden age of the groupie. This was a moment when, like, you'd be 14-years-old and literally, like, have sexual intercouse with a rock star whose poster was hanging in your locker."

Lena: "What's interesting is, like, the MeToo movement has sort of, like, definitely not come for those guys. Like, we've kinda been like, "Fuck all those people! Except for the guys who had sex with 14-year-olds in the 70s, because that was kinda okay." Like, all of our favorite musicians fucked teenagers in the 70s. That is just a fact. Like, they're all these women, who are like, "When I was 13, I lost my virginity to David Bowie. He was so tender."
David Bowie and Lori Maddox

Next, Alissa reminded us of our post that we wrote about the age-gap sexual affair between David Bowie and Lori Maddox. In addition, we shared in that post that 12-year-old Sable Starr reportedly lost her virginity to Spirit guitarist Randy California, and Corel Shields, Starr's 11-year-old sister, was involved with Iggy Pop:
Alissa: "Lori Maddux. Like, that Lori Maddux story with David Bowie and Angela Bowie when she was 13-years-old. It's like all. It's all over."

Lastly, Alissa said that Spungen would let entire bands sleep at her house when her parents were away:

Alissa: "So in 1975, Nancy Spungen is loitering at her parent's house. She's bringing bands home. Like her parents will come home [...]"

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

American Eagle's Peace, Love & Aerie: Youthful Undies in Times Square


American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) posted on AE.com: "Our purpose is to show the world that there’s REAL power in the optimism of youth."


AEO is the parent company of Aerie, which specializes in leggings, swimwear, bras, underwear and the sort.  

And per Michael Barbaro's New York Times piece "What Women Want", AEO is a "teenage apparel retailer" with Aerie "[...] focused on undergarments for consumers 15 to 25."

With that "said", as I was recently walking to the MoMA, I was surprised to see a video above AEO's Time Square location for Aerie's new Peace, Love & Aerie campaign that projects three young women in their "youth", between the ages of 15 and 25, jumping to expose their Aerie "undies". In addition, a frame of the video is projected, which allows tourists and locals to get a closer look. 


Aerie's Peace, Love & Aerie campaign is yet another example that even teens and (young) women are attracted to the allure of a nymphet and youth. And marketers take advantage of that attraction to advertise and, thereby, sell goods (e.g., leggings, swimwear, bras, underwear and the sort).

Monday, August 2, 2021

(FRAMING) BRITNEY SPEARS & Tavi Gevinson: Self-Sexualized or Sexualized Teens?

In Tavi Gevinson's The Cut piece, “Britney Spears Was Never in Control”, she wrote that the New York Times’ Framing Britney Spears documentary did the following:

  1. It made a compelling argument that Spears’ image was an expression of her teen sexuality
  2. It deemed it misogynistic to question Spears’ expression of her teen sexuality
  3. It deemed it anti-feminist\sex-negative to feel that sexualizing a teenager is dubious 
  4. It related that Spears’ expression of her teen sexuality is an expression of female power 
  5. And the documentary rewrote Spears as a teen feminist icon

In addition, Gevinson wrote in “Britney Spears Was Never in Control”:

The New York Times’s Framing Britney Spears documentary casts a spell. I am thinking specifically of the stretch that chronicles Spears’s rise as a teen idol, starting with the “Baby One More Time” video. I had not seen it since elementary school and was unsettled, as an adult, to watch a 16-year-old embody a schoolgirl fantasy.

“Baby One More Time”

[...] Framing Britney Spears was making a compelling argument: Spears’s teen image was an expression of her sexuality, and questioning the kind of agency she had in it is misogynistic.

Ed McMahon & Britney Spears

And like we listed, Gevinson opined that the documentary considered it: “[...] anti-feminist and sex-negative to suggest that there is anything dubious about sexualizing teenagers.”

The filmmakers achieve this by alternating between footage of Spears and her collaborators asserting that she made her own decisions [...] If “Baby One More Time” made me feel queasy, I was soon reminded that America is sexist and sexually repressed. If I wondered what kind of say Spears had in the “sexy” Rolling Stone photos taken in her childhood bedroom, I was soon reassured that she was never just some puppet.

The result is a documentary eager to characterize Spears’s early image as an expression of female power [...]

However, Gevison disagrees with the doc’s positive assessment of Britney Spears' career - especially during Spears' nymphet years. Gevinson shared:

[...] the doc was rewriting Spears as a feminist icon. “[However] [s]he was the Establishment! She was what we were supposed to be: sexy and young. Not a paragon of independence.” 

But Spears shared in the documentary that being sexy is naturally a part of being a nymphet. (Did the "Establishment" force this stance upon Spears?):

“Well, I think we’re all girls, and I mean, that’s a part of who we are. You’d be lying if you said you didn’t like to feel sexy. You know what I mean? You’re a girl.”

And in a 2003 interview for British GQ, Spears answered that the Rolling Stone photographer did a very good job of portraying her - despite asking her to “Undo your sweater a little bit more.”

“How did I realise [I was a sex symbol]? Probably the first Rolling Stone cover by David LaChapelle [...] I was back in my bedroom, and I had my little sweater on and he was like, ‘Undo your sweater a little bit more.’ The whole thing was about me being into dolls, and in my naïve mind I was like, ‘Here are my dolls!’ and now I look back and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, what the hell?’ But he did a very good job of portraying me in that way. It certainly wasn’t peaches and cream.” [Emphasis added]

By sharing Spear’s 2003 British GQ interview, Gevinson made the point that we’ve been consistently making in our posts, which is that it’s two-way street - both the "Establishment" and Spears are guilty of using her teen sexuality (i.e., the allure of a nymphet) to make (a lot) of money. (e.g., Rolling Stone photographer: “Undo your sweater a little bit more.” Spears: “But he did a very good job of portraying me in that way.”)


Gevinson even appears to agree with our assessment:

There is no need to believe it’s either Everything was Britney’s choice, and therefore she was always a sex-positive feminist or Nothing was Britney’s choice, and the evil adults made all her decisions

18-Year-Old Tavi Gevinson

The parts of the piece that relate directly to Gevinson are often contradictory. For example, Gevinson wrote:

Like Britney Spears, I was professionally photographed, lying across the bed in my childhood bedroom, when I was a teenager. I had been 18 for a month [...] I remember that the romper had symbolized, for me, my new life starting, and it’s very likely I was eager to update my public image as a sexually active being after extensively documenting an adolescence where I favored bulky layers and granny glasses. [Emphasis added]

But in the very next paragraph, Gevinson wrote:

Still, when I see the photo now, I just see another thin white able-bodied blonde girl being sexualized. 

Wait, so is Gevinson saying that she self-sexualized, she was sexualized or both.