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Cracking Foxy

by Robert Buckley

Jail-Baiting

 

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A few years back in my neck of the woods a local Little League team made it to the national championship. I don't recall how far they got in that competition, but they made a good account of themselves and returned to much adulation and hoopla in their home town.

That included a parade down Main Street with throngs of adoring townspeople, as well as folks from the immediate area excited by the achievement of these young kids. They were lionized on television and in newspapers large and small throughout the state. It was, indeed, thus far anyway, the time of their lives.

I recall watching the parade and couldn't help notice the number of young women ranging in age from—I guessed—mid-to-late teens, and even early twenties, their T-shirts stretched over their young, womanly bosoms, bouncing away as they waved and blew kisses at the Little Leaguers as they passed in triumph.

It occurred to me then, even as the idea forced a wry smile upon me, that right then those kids could have had all the tail they wanted ... but they were only twelve years old. Oh, well, timing is everything. No doubt they all got lots of attention from the girls when they started junior high.

I wonder if when they relived their moment of glory in their pre-teen dreams that maybe one or more of those very mature cheerleaders flashed their boobs, because, truth be told, a boy by the age of twelve most certainly is becoming captivated by the shape, heft, and mystery of breasts. Maybe late in age they'll swear that one or two of those buxom ladies did lift their shirts. And so what? It's a boy's memory, after all, to be cherished by a man.

As I recall, there were no such incidents reported. I'm glad; it would have been disturbing to turn a Little League team into sex objects.

Not that we as a society are in the habit of turning kids into sex objects, right?

Yeah, who are we kidding?

Virgins were frequently the objects of lust in Victorian sex literature. The virgin could be any young girl who had achieved puberty to a sheltered lass in her quite-ripe-for-the-times twenties: the maid or the governess.

The virgin persisted as a lust object in the early (silent) days of motion pictures right up to the exploitive moral dramas of the thirties that are today such a hoot to watch.

But then, I don't recall the likes of Shirley Temple being tarted up in any of her films.

Leslie Caron charmed 1958 audiences as a trusting, naïve girl who is groomed to be a courtesan and mistress to the older Louis Jourdan. It had all the elements of exploitation, but played like a fantasy with a happily-ever-after ending tacked on that included marriage with the would-be mistress.

Brooke Shields broke ground in Pretty Baby, as a child prostitute whose virginity is auctioned off in a New Orleans bordello and served up to a customer literally on a platter. For much of the rest of her teen career she played, among other such roles, a very fresh new Eve in Blue Lagoon to the 14-year-old romantic sidekick won by middle aged gambler Peter Fonda in Wanda Nevada.

The latter role particularly creeped me out at the time; a line had been crossed that made me uncomfortable

We've since seen Web sites that slavered over the under-18 likes of Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan, even to the point of counting the days until they turned "legal." Both plunged into "legalhood" already sexually fantasized as adolescents.

The current fantasy object is Miley Cyrus who is closing in on her sweet sixteen. Already she's been provocatively photographed by Annie Leibowitz and fully sexualized in the minds of boys and men. Boys I can understand, not unlike the kids in Stand by Me who frankly discussed whether "Annette" (Mouseketeer Funicello) was starting to show bumps beneath her sweater. In real life, Ms. Funicello's development is purported to have sent Disney into apoplexy. But Leibowitz wasn't playing to kids, and neither was Vanity Fair. This isn't to say the nearly nude photo wasn't artful, only that it wasn't just about art. Miss Cyrus is a cute kid, if no raving beauty—yet. But, for pete's sake, she's a baby! And I find it annoys the hell out of me that she's being foisted on men, including me, as an object of desire.

The sexualizing of children is teetering on the extreme. Parents that you'd expect to be righteously appalled at child pornography and exploitation will think nothing of bringing their kids to a hip-swiveling Miley concert. At a recent Boston concert by a much more mature Britney—the self-proclaimed MILF—an inordinate percentage of the audience was prepubescent children accompanied by their parents. And here I thought Ms. Spears had long left her earlier teeny-tweeny fan base way behind. I think it's dad who really wants to see Britney.

I think the worst case of sexualizing a child continues to be the tragedy of JonBenet Ramsey. How could anyone not watch those pageant tapes of that tarted-up child and not cringe. Yeah, I know, the child pageant industry flourishes.

As a writer who appreciates the erotic allure of innocence, I suppose I should be conflicted about the subject. But a tale told of burgeoning eroticism in a young person, or an elderly sensualist's memory-driven longing for another touch of young flesh is not the same as marketing that young flesh. That there is a natural and powerfully erotic yen for youth and youthful beauty is undeniable; it has been explored in literature and art for as long as our species has been aware that it ages and renews itself.

I can appreciate a pretty young girl; I might even daydream about being her age, put myself back in a time when girls were all magic and mystery waiting to be explored. But I'm way past my teens, and have discovered much to my delight that women retain that sense of erotic mystery even as they mature. Let boys fantasize about girls; let men fantasize about women.

Miley Cyrus is young enough to be my granddaughter. I wish the entertainment industry would stop trying to pimp her and her ilk to codgers like me.

Robert Buckley
May-June 2009


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About the Author: Robert Buckley is senior fiction editor at ERWA. His stories have been published in various anthologies, including editions of Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica and the Coming Togther series of altruistic erotica.



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