And people are catching on – and becoming increasingly freaked out by it – which is partly why many retailers have come under fire for marketing “sexy” products to young girls. He sexually pursues her after he becomes her stepfather, and “Lolita” is his private nickname for her.Take Abercrombie and Fitch, for example, which marketed push-up bras and thongs to girls as young as six. Nabokov wanted the cover art to feature “pure colors, melting clouds, accurately drawn details…and no girls.” He reaffirms this aversion again at the end of his description, stating, “There is one subject which I am emphatically opposed to: any kind of representation of a little girl.” Yet the vast majority of publications of Lolita depict Lolita herself, often in various erotic poses.Having the fantasy of Lolita or acting out such scenarios with fellow adult partners is fairly innocuous within itself, but putting these fantasies into action with real life teen girls can have serious consequences.It should be noted that the way our culture promotes sexualization of teen girls is separate from having an attraction to teens in itself.After a month of denial, he fessed up, joked about it, and more or less emerged unscathed with his career intact.When a guy can nonchalantly poke fun at himself for almost committing statutory rape of a girl half his age, that’s probably a sign that we, as a society, need to be more vigilant and protective of our young women.It’s always fascinating to me how much effort we put into imagining the agency of a minor when adults have something to gain.The girl who would be viewed as a child in any other scenario suddenly becomes calculating and scheming as soon as adult desire comes into play.
And while it’s important to note that Lolita is 16 in the film, rather than twelve, the fact of the matter is that she is still a child.
In the meantime, attitudes towards men who pursue underage girls continue to be frustratingly lax on the whole.
Last year, 36-year-old James Franco tried (and failed) to hook up with a 17-year-old Scottish girl via Instagram.
I’m willing to bet that the majority of men who thirst after high school girls don’t all just happen to have the same sexual proclivity.
It’s a learned behavior and a product of our society.