I have not been very active on the imageboard for several weeks, and never posted here before, but...hi! Gardenia asked for my opinion on this matter, and I thought it would be more sensible to post it here instead of at the image which recently sparked a discussion
Now that there is so much accurate information on lolita fashion available online, I see no reason that interested parties should be ignorant of what qualifies, and what does not. Japanese street fashions have gained such popularity, you can expect to find at least two people who understand loli in every online community, no matter how distantly related to fashion. There are smart, knowledgeable people everywhere who have researched lolita for years, who can point you to legitimate sources of information. There are brand websites like Baby, the Stars Shine Bright; Victorian Maiden; Angelic Pretty; Metamorphose temps de fille; and Mary Magdalene, which offer visual aids and an excellent variety of styles. There are groups on LiveJournal like Daily Lolita
, or educational journals like the Lolita Handbook
, which are awesome sources of pictures and information. There are even magazines! If you are interested enough in lolita to slap that tag onto a picture, you should be interested to learn about it, and to keep it pure.
If everyone who feels compelled to tag something as lolita would take a moment to peruse the Lolita Handbook, or a similar guide, I bet there would not be such discontent associated with the tag. There is never a good reason to perpetuate misinformation. There is still such strife over the details of this exacting fashion because misconceptions of lolita, from the late 1990s, are still around! If all the taggers had an accurate concept of what is and isn't lolita, things might go more smoothly.
I think the best solution is to abolish the "lolita fashion" tag altogether. It is really not worth the trouble, is it? Perhaps the tag could be replaced with something that helps differentiate characters that look a certain way without compartmentalizing so much. Maybe a simple tag like "frilly" would suffice. It could combine several categories, including lolita, so people still have a way to find that sort of art if they want.
Lastly, on a related note: I have gotten the feeling that some of you have perceived the offers of information by people like me, Gardenia, and kiba_inuzuka_is_mine as arrogant meddling. I just want to establish that this is truly not the case! I think I can speak for the three of us in saying that we are very passionate about lolita fashion, and we just want to share and teach people about it. I know it is daunting to be told, every other upload, that there is something that makes a character lolita or not
lolita; it probably feels like you can't win. That is why I think a replacement tag would be best; this fashion really does
have such precise rules that it is rare to find it depicted properly by an artist. It is such a beautiful and complex phenomenon, though, that I really think it should not be misrepresented to newcomers.
Sorry for the teal deer
, but thank you for your time.