What could you write about at your Lolita bed/desk?
In the United Kingdom of the aliterate, the Wikipedia reader is king. Woolworth's has pulled the Lolita Midsleeper Combi, a writing desk/loft bed for young girls, after a heated, if half-informed, discussion on RaisingKids.co.uk. Like many of the outraged moms online, the Woolworth's rep confessed that they had to look up "Lolita" on Wikipedia to see what all the fuss was about. "We will be talking to the supplier with regard to how the branding came about," he concluded.
Woolies sold the £350 bed as "the perfect space-saving solution for your child's bedroom," which is technically true. But is also misses Nabokov's whole point: the perfect [sic] space-saving solution is to have your step-daughter sleep with you.
[raisingkids.co.uk via mefi, thnx dt reader sara]
Google cache of the Lolita Bed product page at Woolworths [woolworths.co.uk]