Thursday, February 07, 2008

'Lolita' bedroom set for girls withdrawn

I know that many conservative bloggers have expressed outrage over this but the libertarian response here is: "If you don't like it, don't buy it". The story is fictional but in it Lolita was an attractive and naturally feminine young girl. Lots of girls are. It was not her fault that some inadequate creep slavered over her.

"A British retailer has withdrawn a bedroom set targeted at young girls that was branded under the name "Lolita" after a furious campaign by a mothers' group, The Times has reported.

Staff at the Woolworths retail group were unapparently unaware that the brand of the bed set was the same as the title of Vladimir Nabokov's famous novel, which told the story of a middle-aged man who became sexually obsessed with his 12-year-old stepdaughter.

"What seems to have happened is the staff who run the website had never heard of Lolita, and to be honest, no one else here had either", a Woolworths spokesman told The Times. "We had to look it up on Wikipedia. But we certainly know who she is now."

The bed set, which included a wooden bed with a pull-out desk and cupboard, was intended for girls aged six, and retailed for $877.

The campaign was sparked after a mother noticed the product on Woolworths's website and posted a message on the internet site that read: "Am I being particularly sensitive, or does anyone else out there think it's bad taste for Woolies to have a kiddy bed range named 'Lolita'?''