This weekend I was sitting with a friend watching TV. She claimed that I must see a documentary on BBC about men and their real dolls. For those unfamiliar real dolls are life sized female figurines that resemble the external feminine anatomy. Think of a blow up doll, but more intricate. Men purchase these for reasons I shouldn't have to explain.
The documentary focused on the lives of four men who own real dolls and chronicles their interaction with them. To my shock these hunks of plastic were much more to the guys than a simple play toy. All of them tried to make some sort of human interaction with the inanimate objects such as naming them, talking with them, trying to incorporate them into their daily lives, and overall treating them as if they were a real life girlfriend.
All but one of the men weren't in any sort of relationship with any women and would tell tales of being scorned or how difficult it was interacting with the opposite sex. Frustrated with the seemingly impossible task of getting a date they appreciated the attention they received from what they consider a beautiful woman, even though they in the end look comatose.
I try to keep an open mind about this and many things. These men who continue 'relationships' with their expensive plastic are not harming anyone. The men simply want to live a normal life, much like the ones you and I lead, but seriously I watched this documentary with jaw slacked and I couldn't help but feel how twisted this is. How delusional and angry at the reality they have chosen to treat a doll as a human being. I mean has technology come to this? Have we destroyed our ability to interact with others cause it's so much easier to fake our relationships?
Granted I imagine the segment of people who show such affection for a doll are few I imagine the number will grow. Finding such real interaction harmful to the psyche many are choosing to persue anything through the illusion of safe contact. Yet I'm thinking this now obscure and often time referred to as perverse trend will continue.
If someone shows up to my company's holiday party with one I'm going to cry.
"They were using the dolls to project their dreams of their own futures as adult women." - Ruth Handler