YDS: The Clare Spark Blog

May 29, 2018

Moral chaos of womanhood: the Harvey Weinstein scandal and LOLITA

Filed under: Uncategorized — clarelspark @ 4:14 pm

Consistently clicked. Its mixed-message to women is resonating.

YDS: The Clare Spark Blog

[Update 7/16/18: Conservative Shelby Steele has extended the “innocence” meme to apply to “White Guilt” over slavery and similar crimes against black people: he argues that “innocence” is recaptured for white people through such stratagems as reparations (multiculturalism and “diversity.”)]

The Harvey Weinstein scandal and LOLITA are connected in my mind for both cast reflections on the confusing rearing of the middle class female who supposed to be innocent and knowing at the very same time.

We are supposed to please men by not growing up. Hence Humbert Humbert’s obsession with “nymphets.”

Nabokov ostensibly wrote a parody and a novel about the act of writing (that makes him a postmodernist linking Kafka-esque nihilism and trendy modernism). But I noticed that Humbert Humbert viewed young actresses with disdain (as whorish), which made me think that Harvey Weinstein’s proclivity for undeveloped actresses had literary precedents.

Perfectly nice girls are supposed to be…

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