“[Lolita] has become an everyday illusion, a shorthand cultural reference to a prematurely, even inappropriately, sexual little girl–that is, a girl who is by legal definition not yet an adult and is therefore outlawed from sexual activity. Because of this legal and cultural taboo, she is also wrong–wicked, even–to deliberately provoke sexual thoughts. And the “Lolitas” of our time are defined as deliberate sexual provocateurs, turning adults’ thoughts to sex and thereby luring them into wickedness, wantonly transgressing our basic moral and legal codes. Everything about this Lolita is unacceptable, and therein lie both her allure and her ignominy” (Durham 25).

A Lolita is not to be confused with Infantilization.


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