# Let's be honest, nobody ever waits until they're 18 before becoming interested in sex, so naturally there was a time when I looked for drawings of girls my own age. Of course there were still some pictures that looked too young to me even back then, but there were other pictures that where crafted so well that I simply could not overlook their quality.
... And now I know why.

# Loli's are not kids, they're short characters in "child" roles, who tend to look and act like short women.
They're not shaped like kids.
They definitely don't act like kids.
... And this is intentional.
#

So what is this... thing??

It's convenient.
A "loli" is a contrived character design for a sexual story. It fills a "child" role in ways that a realistic kid definitely wouldn't. Unrealistic characters create unrealistic situations in order to portray inherently unrealistic fantasies. Simulating realism is obviously not the goal.

Convenient for sex stories
Not convenient
Is this a teenager?
Is this a kid?

It actually depends on the story.

# Okay but... why?

# Arousal is arousing. An inexperienced character will likely be surprised and overwhelmed by something as new as a first-time sexual encounter so their arousal will be intense and therefore very fun to watch.

# On top of this, small characters automatically have a size-difference with almost any male encounter, which means that sex will almost always feel physically intense for the loli.

# Empathy is a human instinct. Both of these things take advantage of it. The audience feels what the character feels. If a story's goal is to make the audience horny, the most effective way is to portray a character becoming horny.

# Naive characters also create a lot of sexual suspense. They'll walk straight into sexy situations while missing all the obvious clues being presented for the audience. This allows the story to clearly promise a sexual outcome for the audience to anticipate, and build sexy tension from the start. It's perfect for creating suspense.

# Loli characters also tend to have an authority imbalance with other characters which makes it easy for a story to put them into situations, often repeatedly.

# Or you can reverse traditional roles to create unexpected and surprising situations. A loli could be precocious and unexpectly naughty; Or she could be naive and unwittingly direct other people into compromising situations; Or perhaps she is aggressively curious.

# Design Example:

"Little" Red Riding Hood
Goal: A sexy girl who's always walking right into sexy situations.

Real kids learn. This one doesn't.

# Isn't this stuff illegal?

# No. Imaginary things are not illegal. In the US, there used to be a law way back in 1996 criminalizing any depiction of minors in a sexual context, which also included fictional characters for some reason. By 2002, courts realized that worrying about imaginary people obviously wasn't going to protect any real people. In their words, fictional depictions ... record no crime and create no victims by their production. After all, the whole point of such laws is to prevent harm to actual people... who actually exist.

# But it's wrong!

# It's unrealistic.
But that doesn't make it a problem. That makes it fiction.

# Yes, actually re-creating these situations in real-life would be very wrong, and the likely outcomes would be terrible for everyone... if it was real. That's obvious; But I don't believe in thought-crime. You can't choose your tastes. Those are discovered. But you can always choose your actions. So what would a good person do if they discovered they had an unrealistic interest? Simple. Just choose to do no harm. Choose a harmless outlet. You can safely draw or write anything you can imagine. That's just fiction.

# Any law can change tomorrow of course, but your personal tastes won't. No matter what fictional concepts you happen to enjoy, the best way to approach unrealistic interests is with un-real outlets. Fiction is how normal people safely enjoy dangerous things on a regular basis.