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Alice in the world of abusers

In previous columns I have tried to de-idealize, through their “love” stories, great icons of musical culture worldwide: Elvis Presley, Bob Marley, John Lennon.

Because they? Because I like it. It would be very easy to expose a couple of reggaeton artists with songs full of violence, sexism, etc., but the spokespersons for love and peace?

Perhaps for that reason (or for an almost imperceptible machismo?) some have written to me through social networks to ask me: Are you sure? Could they not be “theories” invented to discredit our references?

No, they are not “theories”. They are stories recognized by themselves, their wives, children, family members.

This doesn't just happen in music. In literature, for example, cases abound.

There is a book that I really like: 'Alice in Wonderland' (1865), by the British writer Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll.

And did you know that Lewis Carroll was a pedophile? Yes, Alice existed. When they met, he was 24 years old and she was four. But, Carroll not only became obsessed with Alicia Liddell but with a hundred other girls.

To attract them, he always carried a suitcase full of costumes, toys, and candy. At the same time, he gained the sympathy of his parents and then obtained permission to walk with them.

In fact, it was in 1862, on a boat trip on the Thames, that Alice, who had just turned ten, asked Carroll to tell them (her and her sisters Lorina and Edith) a story.

Carroll then recreated the adventures of a girl named Alice. She liked her story so much that he asked her to write it down on paper for him. Two years later, at Christmas 1864, he gave it to her.

But, a year earlier, Carroll showed this manuscript to a publisher who agreed to publish it and it went on sale in 1865 with illustrations by John Tenniel.

In addition to obtaining permission to walk with the girls, Carroll, using his fame as a photographer, also invited them to photo sessions at his home.

About these sessions, with quite suggestive poses, Carroll wrote in his diary:

“If I dared I would do without their dresses, naked girls are totally pure and charming. These girls (name 107) make up ¾ parts of my life.”

But there were many more. With the approval of his classmates at Oxford University, who were happy to let him photograph their daughters, he was able to photograph between two and three hundred girls.

As for Alicia, Vanessa Tait, her great-granddaughter, stated that her family has private letters showing that Lewis Carroll wanted to marry her.

Furthermore, years later, when Alicia was already over 30 and very married, she received a letter from Carroll, where he confessed that she had been his ideal “girl friend” and that, although he had dozens of “girl friends,” With her everything was “different.”

Without going so far

We could also talk about the renowned French writer, Gabriel Matzneff, who abused a lot of girls, wrote openly about his pedophilia for decades and, even, was protected by the powerful in the editorial/journalistic, business and also political worlds because he was very close friends with the then president François Mitterrand.

Matzneff, by the way, was the promoter in 1977 of the petition published in the newspaper Le Monde, defending intimate relationships between adults and minors, which was signed, among others, by Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, Roland Barthes and Michel Foucault.

Obviously this also broke my heart, but that's how it was… and you can't justify such aberrations by saying “oh, it was a different time.”

Likewise, in the world of science we have cases like that of Albert Einstein. In the religious/spiritual, chapters like that of Gandhi. Film industry? Episodes like those of Gérard Depardieu. In politics... not to mention. Or are we talking about everyone?

By: Jessica dos santos

Tell me your story, write it however you like, together we shape it and share it. In life, spreading the different forms of love is always necessary: lasultimasnoticiasdelamor@gmail.com

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