The Lolita bed

Woolworths’ pulling of its Lolita girls’ bed has attracted plenty of press attention on both sides of the Atlantic. The reporting is a little inaccurate. For example, the item was not just available online; it’s been in their catalogue for some time. The scan is from their Autumn 07 catalogue.

Woolies catalogue page

I have to say that compared with selling padded bras, dancing poles and lewd t-shirts to toddlers, this seems to me like a lot of (mildly amusing) fuss over nothing. How many children know or care what the brand name of their bed is?

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One thought on “The Lolita bed

  1. My favourite quote from the Sunday Times was “The staff who run the website had never heard of Lolita and to be honest no one else here had either. We had to look it up on Wikipedia. But we know who she is now.” OK, checkout chicks probably don’t read books; but the staff who run the web site would, I presume, be a bit more highly educated.

    Perhaps I’m wrong. It’s entirely possible that the only people who have ever read Nabokov are old farts like me: people who have paedophilic fantasies about 40-year-olds.

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