Many thanks to Baroquestar for this guest post, while I’m in the throes of domestic relocation. Baroquestar is a 28 year old singing, studying, Australian museum geek who likes to make trouble in her spare time. She is a solo mama to one beautiful daughter, who doesn’t even know the word “princess”. ~ Lauredhel
If the concept of people dressing up as fetishised children disturbs you, how about adults dressing children to look like adults who dress up like children? Are you following me? No? OK, here we go.
1. Lolita, a book by Vladimir Nabokov. About, amongst other things, a fairly revolting and unsympathetic main character who fetishises girl-children.
2. Gothic Lolita or EGL or any number of related names, is a fashion based on looking as childlike as possible. Whilst the majority of Lolita wearers chiefly strive to look as doll-like and Victorian as possible (which, as an aside, I find odd* – deliberately infantilising, objectifying and disenfranchising yourself? Still, there are everyday fashion trends that do it too, in more subtle ways), a subset known as “erololi” highlights the fetishised, sexualised aspects of the fashion.
Check out the keywords in the title. It’s a size 5/6. OK, not only does the concept of Lolita clothing for ACTUAL CHILDREN creep me the fuck out, but there’s the implication that people would actually search for or be attracted to clothing for their kids using the keyword “lolita”.
EEEW. [does the ick dance***]
4. And whilst we’re here, this sort of thing treads close to the line of ew for me too, and I can’t quite define it:
I know I’ve attempted to deconstruct this one on my own journal sometime in the past year, but I still haven’t worked it out. Possibly my discomfort lies in the association corsets have for me with university choral events and goth-clubbing, where it’s very definitely an adult, deliberately sexy, “check out the girls” look.
* No, I have no particular beef with GothLoli. Whatever. NOT my bag, but whatever. And the schoolgirl costumes? EW, but again, WOPDITOBINOMB**.
** What Other People Do In Their Own Bedrooms Is None Of My Beeswax.
Categories: gender & feminism