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Lolicon art mixes children with sexual themes.

Lolicon (ロリコン), is a slang word for the phrase "Lolita complex".[1] In Japan, the word explains a hebephilic desire for young girls,[2] or a young girl who desires other girls.[3] Outside Japan, the word is less common. It denotes a genre of manga and anime in which young female characters are shown in a sexual way. The word is a reference to Vladimir Nabokov's book, Lolita. In the book, a middle-aged man sexually desires a 12-year-old girl .[4]

Some people claim that lolicon adds to actual sexual abuse of children, while others claim that there is no facts that show this, or that facts show the opposite. Several countries have tried to make lolicon that shows children naked or having sex illegal as a type of child pornography, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland are some of the few to have done so.


  1. Mead, Rebecca (2002-03-18). "Shopping rebellion; what the kids want. (Letter from Tokyo)". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
  2. Darling, 82.
  3. "ロリコン" (in Japanese). SPACE ALC. Retrieved 2008-01-07.
  4. Kinsella, 305.