Apologies for my absence yesterday... the lovely boyfriend shared his sickness bug with me and I was sadly bedridden... ugh. :-/
SmashedDoll brought to my attention the following petition regarding the poster for a documentary due out this year, entitled Are All Men Pedophiles?, which features a young girl with a 'teasing' expression, clad in Lolita fashions.
Unfortunately the name Lolita and the associated childlike elements in Lolita fashion have often led to misunderstandings between aficionados of this Japanese street fashion and those in Western society who assume that this Rococo-inspired frilly fashion is intended to be sexual, largely due to the book Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. As the book pre-dates the Lolita fashion and community, the title clearly does not refer to what we generally think of as 'Lolitas' but simply to the nickname of a character in the book.
The book is about a less-than-appealing subject matter; paedophilia, to be precise. I did once try reading it as it is considered to be a classic, but it made my skin crawl and I didn't get halfway through. Since the publication of the novel, the word 'Lolita' has become commonplace to describe sexually precocious young girls, which strikes me as ironic since the fashion of the same name has enormous focus on modesty and decorum.
Holly Reynolds, organizer of Lolita fashion shows and proud Lolita herself, says, "There’s been a lot of disputes with where [the name] came from, but usually people think the Japanese just took the word as an association with being youthful and not really how it’s interpreted in Western society."
Such misunderstandings about Lolita fashion and those who wear it are unlikely to be helped much by the Are All Men Pedophiles? poster. Isa Baca has created a petition at Change.org to ask for the removal of the misleading poster and an apology from the movie's director, Jan-Willem Breure, and the production company, JW Productions.
|The offending poster|
"With the promotional poster in which a girl is shown wearing Lolita clothes, her expression being overtly provocative and teasing, the productor and director are causing a massive harm to the Lolita community, leading people who does not know the movement to think that it's about sex and ruining the hard work that thousands of girls have done during years. Due to this, we ask for the removal of the poster plus a formal apology from both of them."
Comments on the petition include the following:
Agnes Lopez: "Do you have any idea what harm this would do to a wonderful street fashion (and to the MEN who are married or dating women who wear lolita) if it continues to circulate? My husband is not a pedophile, when we married I didn't even wear lolita; I would like to see this apology through, because I have no idea what my friends now think of HIM. "
Amy Brewster-Cotell: "Paedophiles are attracted to prepubescent children, not grown women in flouncy dresses! What a ridiculous and offensive idea to be propagating, this poster can only spread misunderstanding and reflects very badly on your documentary."
Please click here to sign the petition.