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April 12, 2008

Lolita’s little bed

Filed under: Uncategorized — hipbone @ 4:52 pm

It all happened a while back, but I finally figured a way to get the colors of the images the way I wanted them, so here it (finally) is:

Woolworths has withdrawn bedroom furniture for young girls bearing the sexually charged name Lolita after a campaign waged by a mothers’ online chat room. The Lolita Midsleeper Combi, a whitewashed wooden bed with pull-out desk and cupboard intended for girls aged about 6, was on sale on the Woolworths website for £395. A mother who was browsing the site for a new bed for her daughter was so shocked at the brand name that she posted a message on the Raisingkids.co.uk website asking other parents whether they felt the same. … Whereas many mothers were familiar with Vladimir Nabokov and his famous novel, it seems that the Woolworths staff were not. At first they were baffled by the fuss. A spokesman for the company told The Times: “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. We had to look it up on Wikipedia.”

Rosemary Bennett, Staff at Woolworths baffled by fuss over the little girl’s bed called Lolita, The Times, February 1, 2008

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