But just because people are starting to notice (and making a fuss) doesn’t mean that this is a new problem brought into cultural consciousness by “kids these days.” Because while it’s easy to blame the digital age and the proliferation of sex as an advertising strategy, the cultural phenomenon of the sexy little girl has been around for quite some time. That is, Lolita is widely misinterpreted as a classic tale of forbidden desire and sexual discovery, positioning Lolita as a teenage seductress, rather than an abused 12-year-old child. The iconic promotional images for the 1962 film adaptation, for example, showcasing star Sue Lyon clad in heart-shaped sunglasses and casually sucking a red lollipop, immortalized Lolita as symbolic of precocious sexuality.
Having a Lolita Complex means that you have a penchant for finding young women or girls attractive.Because girls pick up on these social attitudes very early on. Gigi Durham states that girls grow up understanding themselves as passive and boys as active as a consequence of pop culture.Children are taught that boys choose girls (and only sexy girls, at that), which compels girls to make themselves sexy as early as possible. Lolita is a novel written by Vladimir Nabokov which chronicles the infatuation of its protagonist, 38-year-old professor Humbert Humbert, with 12-year-old Dolores Haze.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.