A condensed version of 'Lolita Complex' introduced by Japanese Anime
culture, originally derived from Nabokov
's novel, Lolita
, Lolicon refers to an individual's attraction, usually sexual in nature, towards girls between the ages of 12 and 16. The 'm' at the end of the word, which should be Lolicom
, is naturally linguistically altered for ease of speech, as the English
language has significantly more words ending with the 'n' consonant.
The original term Lolita Complex
refers to the obsession Nabokov
's character Humbert Humbert
has for Dolores 'Lolita' Haze, a twelve-year old girl strongly resembling a girl with whom he had shared a frustrated sexual experience when the same age, thereby creating his complex
and limiting his sexual attraction to pre-teens or women who appear significantly younger than they are.
While outside of the age bracket for pedophilism, the barely pubescent nature of the girls in question puts most of Lolicon's nude or sexual artwork in the same category as child pornography
. This is avoided in most Japanese Animation
, which is the media art form catering the most widely to Lolicon, through insistance that the girls in question are of age and simply look much younger than they are.
The male version of this is Shotacon
, a reversed version in which someone, usually a woman but sometimes a homosexual male, is attracted to boys of, or appearing to be of, the same age as a traditional Lolicon. (12 - 16)
'I'm not a pedophile, I'm a lolicon. I just like them young; there's nothing weird about that. People used to get married and have kids at fourteen.'
- Denial behaviour in a Lolicon attempting to convince others that his affliction is normal.