Is a fascination with sexy 12-yr olds a threat to real 12 yr-old girls?
A troll on reddit set up numerous pornographic sub-boards. One of them was called Jailbait and according to Salon and Anderson Cooper, it was devoted to pictures of 12 yr-old girls in sexy poses. These pictures drove huge amounts of traffic to Reddit, and the troll got an award—a gold plated alien bobble head doll—for his efforts.
Somehow, this reminds me of Lolita—and the fascination that some middle aged men have with prepubescent girls. But it makes me wonder whether this website was a threat (it has been taken down), and if so, to whom? Does it hurt the college aged boys who made it so popular? Does it foster misogyny? Does it encourage men to prey on these girls?
It makes me wonder what Humbert Humbert would do today. Would he even need Lolita with Jailbait out there? Or do his concerns somehow give us insight into the concerns of this modern day troll and his college boy audience?