In a move sure to rouse Chris Hansen from his beauty sleep, today has been proclaimed international loli-day by Weibo users.
From Sina Weibo:
萝莉 in English is “Loli”, when we pull apart 10/11, we get 1 0 1 1 = loli, so October 11 is the legendary Lolita’s Day! Lolita refers to those lovely young girls with gorgeous clothing, tender voices, and sweet looks. Are you a Lolicon? In your heart who is the most Loli person? Let’s go! Tag #Lolita and let’s find the most lovely Lolita~
萝莉的英文是“Loli”，10月11日拆开来看，就是1 0 1 1=l o l i，所以10月11日是传说中的萝莉节了。“萝莉”是指那些衣着华丽洋装、嗓音稚嫩、相貌甜美的可爱少女。你是萝莉控吗？你心中最萝莉的人是谁？快来@ 你身边的“萝莉”，寻找最可爱的萝莉~
What’s a loli? Loli is short for Lolita, which itself derives from the title of a very famous book published in 1958 by Vladimir Nabokov about a grown man’s fantasies about a sexually precocious 12 year old girl (nicknamed Lolita). While in Nabokov’s book, the Lolita obsession eventually drives the main character mad, ephebophiles around the world have lovingly taken up the term “Lolicon” (a portmanteau of Lolita complex) as their preferred nomenclature.
Though the term “Lolicon” carries strong sexual undertones (particularly of fat men in vans with candy), Asian Lolicons have long argued that a true Lolicon is more concerned with the aesthetics of cuteness rather than the subject’s age. Whether that’s just an excuse to avoid being associated with universally reviled pedophiles, or an actual fair assessment, we will leave up to you to decide.