Object sexuality (Objectophilia )

Object sexuality or Objectophilia is a pronounced sexual desire towards particular inanimate objects. This is a rare form of fetishism and those with this expressed preference may feel strong feelings of arousal, attraction, love and commitment to certain items or structures of their fixation. Sexual or even close emotional relationships with humans are incomprehensible. The term was coined in the 1970s by a woman named Eija-Riitta Eklöf Berliner-Mauer from Liden, Sweden, who was 'married' to the Berlin Wall.[1] Object-sexual individuals also believe in animism, or the belief that objects have souls, intelligence, feelings, and are able to communicate.[2]

Polygamy and object sexuality

Many object-sexual individuals have a main lover or spouse, but they also may have attractions to and relationships with other objects. Some would argue that some object-sexual individuals, therefore, believe in polygamy.[3]

Object sexuality in the media

Object sexuality first reached mainstream attention in English from an article in Bizarre (magazine), [4] and two newspaper articles, one in the Daily Telegraph on Eija-Riita Eklöf Berliner-Mauer [5] of the UK and one in The Independent on Erika La Tour Eiffel[6]. All the articles were published in 2008. These articles were prompted by an upcoming documentary, The Woman Who Married the Eiffel Tower, which premiered on June 4th, 2008.

References

1. ^ Richard Alleyne, 05-27-2008. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/2035996/Woman-'married'-to-Berlin-Wall-for-29-years.html "Woman 'married' to Berlin Wall for 29 years"
2. ^ http://www.algonet.se/~giljotin/obj_anim.html
3. ^ http://www.objectum-sexuality.org
4. ^ Stephen Daultrey 05-13-08, http://www.bizarremag.com/weird_world/news/7134/wall_love.html "Objects of Desire"
5. ^ Richard Alleyne, 05-27-2008. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/2035996/Woman-'married'-to-Berlin-Wall-for-29-years.html "Woman 'married' to Berlin Wall for 29 years"
6. ^ Living, The New Review, 05-25-2008. http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/sunday-review/living/i-married-the-eiffel-tower-832519.html "I married the Eiffel Tower"