The Mero Mero no Mi is a Paramecia-type Devil Fruit that allows a range of attacks which use emotions of love, lust or adoration to transform opponents into stone.
The powers of the fruit can cause any victim(s), regardless of gender, with feelings of lust to fall for the fruit’s petrification effects. Since Boa Hancock possesses near unparalleled beauty, enticing men with her powers takes very little effort while with women she will use more flirtatious and “cutesy” behavior.
S-Snake, one of the Seraphim (the pinnacle of Vegapunk’s scientific achievements) and a clone of Boa Hancock, possesses an artificial version of Boa Hancock’s Mero Mero no Mi, allowing her to petrify people into stone statues, so long as they are charmed by her.
But what does S-Snake rely on to petrify her opponents? Here’s what Oda has just said:
Question: “If someone is petrified by Loli Hancock’s Mero Mero no Mi, will they be treated as a lolicon afterwards? They won’t, right? Please tell me they won’t!!!”
Oda: “Her power is taking advantage of people thinking “how cute”, “beautiful”, and so they let down their guard emotionally. We all look at little babies and kids and consider them cute, right? And that’s enough to get yourself petrified. Even if there’s a true lolicon among the ones being petrified, one can’t determine what kind of emotion led them to that state. So don’t worry your lolicon identity has not been revealed, now be petrified!”