Objectophilia / Objectum Sexuality: Loving / Marrying Inanimate Objects

Ermintruder

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Whilst I cannot ever take these claimed infatuations seriously (and consider many of them to simply be posturing and pantomime), it suddenly strikes me that I'm probably wrong, and that some people who identify as being objectophiles genuinely are sexually-attracted to unconventional inanimate objects (by which I'm obviously not including vibrators / sex-dolls etc).

But the corollary from this is that (presumably?) some of these claimants must have been physiologically-tested by sexologists, in a Masters-and-Johnson style of libidometric, stimulation-level measurement setting, and found to be genuinely aroused by the object of their claimed desires?

Whilst I suppose that some degree of self-conditioned reflex could become ingrained in reaction to anything: does this then also mean that it would be physiologically/psychologically possible for primates to genuinely become sexually aroused (at some level) as a consequence of any form of focused mental stimulation? This is very odd - perhaps I'm just unable to properly-empathise with the 'condition' (or perhaps I should say....the extended infinite spectrum of multi-modal normalities)
 

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www.metro.co.uk/2022/01/10/woman-marries-the-colour-pink-after-dating-it-for-40-years

I still think this type of love affair is nothing more than installation-art-meets-over-indulgent-satire.....

Whilst marrying 'a colour' seems like a really extreme piece of pointless posturing to me..... I'm equally-puzzled by the concept of marrying yourself. Maybe I'm just a boring literalist with no imagination (ps I'm not)

www.metro.co.uk/2021/08/26/woman-marries-herself-to-defy-social-expectations
I feel something of your puzzlement. Surely, she's not actually, legally 'marrying' the colour pink - she's just having a big party with a dress and shouting 'I LIKE PINK!!!' into the void? Doesn't real, genuine marriage have to involve the exchanging of vows, rather than one partner saying 'YOU'RE MINE NOW' in a rather overblown way?

Because if it does, I would like to declare that I am now married to Tom Hiddleston, a rather lovely pair of shoes, and my dog.
 

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Doesn't real, genuine marriage have to involve the exchanging of vows, rather than one partner saying 'YOU'RE MINE NOW' in a rather overblown way?

Well, exactly so - otherwise it's abduction (in a very stone-age/pre-medieval kind of way). And it has to include some form of tangible reciprocation, agency for consent, and meaningful witness to the effect.

Those important two extra people, signing on the dotted line witnessing that they saw it all, and no chloroform or carpet-tape was involved: they're effectively jurors, judging the sanity of the supplicant(s), and acting as a non-executive counterpoint to the authorised person solemnising the joining of two competent entities.

Otherwise this is just all costume roleplay taken magnitudes too far (unfortunately this characterises many of the bored over self-invested members of contemporary society). Also: there's a quasi-religious combative aspect about people INSISTING that others around them respect THEIR fantasy. If someone comes to the door carrying their Inanimate Significant Other when I am visiting, then I shall smile sweetly at their idiosyncracy. If they insist I address It by name, and talk to It in an apparently-interactive mode, I will run for my life (and sanity).

And on a related note, it strikes me that (in cases where this objectofilia isn't pantomime posturing, and is pseudo-genuine) there might be a sort-of suitor-projected animism going on. Do sufferers/experiencers imbue some (all?) other inanimate objects in their surroundings with personality and presence, or just the ones they lust after & love?

Because if it does, I would like to declare that I am now married to Tom Hiddleston, a rather lovely pair of shoes, and my dog
Evidently they will each know this already? (nb your spouse has become bigamously-engaged to Zawe Ashton....Tom I mean, not your shoes or your dog)
 
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Just once, when I was about thirteen and THAT sort of thing was beginning to stir in me, I went to sleep one night thinking about the dolly new teacher at school (when you do when you are male and that age). I remember the dream vividly. I was in the frozen food aisle at the local supermarket and dream-me suddenly discovered a box of frozen fish fingers was the most attractive female thing in the world. Well, in the dream I was thinking about Miss E------ but this mutated into me trying to perform a sexual act with a frozen fish finger. In a crowded supermarket. Even in the dream I realised how bizarre and surreal it was but it happened. And you know how if you do something utterly embarrassing in a dream - trousers round your ankles and rubbing a deep frozen fish finger on yourself, for instance - everyone around you noticing and pointing the finger and laughing? (Can't a guy have sex with a fish finger in peace, for goodness sake?).

Well.... didn't happen. All those people around me in the dream and nobody took a blind bit of notice.

Woke up feeling baffled and "What was the point of THAT?" as you do.

I've not had this sort of dream ever again. And fish fingers, or at least the good ones, are for eating. (The bad ones - well, a cat will eat anything when it's hungry)
 
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And fish fingers, or at least the good ones, are for eating. (The bad ones - well, a cat will eat anything when it's hungry)
And if the cat WON'T eat them - well, you know what to do (you've got previous...)
 

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Not quite the same but our Housebound library service had to visit some pretty strange homes (carpets that squelch for instance):puke2:

One driver assistant was visiting one couple where the woman was visibly pregnant and she was told of the due date etc.

Roll forward a few months and she visited to find a crib in the living room. Invited to look at the new arrival she peered into the crib and you’ve probably guessed – there was a doll. The couple were both making remarks that indicated that they thought it was a real child.
After a few diplomatic remarks she left quickly and we made sure they were only visited by two staff in future. Not that they seemed a threat but you can imagine being pretty weirded out by the experience.
 

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Not quite the same but our Housebound library service had to visit some pretty strange homes (carpets that squelch for instance):puke2:

One driver assistant was visiting one couple where the woman was visibly pregnant and she was told of the due date etc.

Roll forward a few months and she visited to find a crib in the living room. Invited to look at the new arrival she peered into the crib and you’ve probably guessed – there was a doll. The couple were both making remarks that indicated that they thought it was a real child.
After a few diplomatic remarks she left quickly and we made sure they were only visited by two staff in future. Not that they seemed a threat but you can imagine being pretty weirded out by the experience.
This is horribly horribly sad. I know a lady who can't have children and pushes a doll about like a newborn in a pram. It's a coping strategy. I wonder if the baby in the above experience died and was replaced with a 'newborn' doll to help the couple manage their emotions.
 

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This is horribly horribly sad. I know a lady who can't have children and pushes a doll about like a newborn in a pram. It's a coping strategy. I wonder if the baby in the above experience died and was replaced with a 'newborn' doll to help the couple manage their emotions.
I know that feeling - I had a beautiful wicker Victorian baby carriage, and always wanted to put our little kittie in it for a walk around the block, she walked on a leash and I took her out all the time.
Perhaps had that feeling after many miscarriages. :)
 

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Vey sad, as were a lot of the housebound clients. The staff had doubts about the pregnancy being genuine (timescale, etc. but you can't always be sure)
We had to be careful however hence sending two people. We always liaised with Social Services and were usually told of problem people - but sometimes if they hadn't taken medication things could change.
Sorry to hear of your losses as well Ronnie Jersey.
 

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Vey sad, as were a lot of the housebound clients. The staff had doubts about the pregnancy being genuine (timescale, etc. but you can't always be sure)
We had to be careful however hence sending two people. We always liaised with Social Services and were usually told of problem people - but sometimes if they hadn't taken medication things could change.
Sorry to hear of your losses as well Ronnie Jersey.
Thank you, but believe me - it's fine. My Aunt was the same, she had to stay in bed for 9 months with her legs up. Genetics! :)
 

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Just for a laugh, I have to tell you that my Mum had a kittie when she was child in England. He was a little boy and she used to dress him up and put him in her doll carriage and wheel him around. Guess that's the mothering instinct! LOL
 

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A Brazilian woman married a doll, got pregnant and had a baby doll:

https://nypost.com/2022/06/20/i-was-loveless-before-i-married-a-rag-doll-we-have-a-baby/

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