Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Better Than Action Figures

From Reuters:

"Real love is hard to find for one Japanese man, who has transferred his affection and desires to dozens of plastic sex dolls. When the 45-year-old, who uses a pseudonym of Ta-Bo, returns home, it's not a wife or girlfriend who await him, but a row of dolls lined up neatly on his sofa."

Why collect those sexed-up comix statues when you can shell out $5000 and get one of these gals?

"Sometimes it takes too much time before I can have sex with the person I meet. But with these dolls, it's just a matter of a click of the mouse. With one click, they are delivered to you."

(weeps for humanity)

"The man, who says he has had sex with five women but prefers the dolls, is one of a gradually increasing, though secretive, group of Japanese men who have given up on women."

The president of the company who makes the "love dolls" commented,

"Nowadays, women are sometimes more dominant than men in the real world, and they don't always pay attention to men. More and more men are finding themselves miserable so we're making these dolls partly in support of men."


  1. I was just watching a documentary the BBC did about Real dolls and the men who collected them. Most of these guys are creeps, I mean real creeps. Social misfits who are unable to communicate with other people. One guy,I forget his name still lived in the home he shared with his mother. That wasn't the creepy part, the creepy part was that his mother died 10 years previously and he kept her room the way it was when she was alive. Another guy collected guns and swords, had old rock poster on his wall and complained that it was the only time he felt control. that's what it's all bout. This is the only way they feel any control over their lives. Fear of rejection, fear of conflict, just sad.

  2. "That wasn't the creepy part, the creepy part was that his mother died 10 years previously and he kept her room the way it was when she was alive."

    his name wouldn't happen to be Norman, would it?

  3. While the motives of the company that produce these things are stupid, I don't really find anything particularly bad about this. I'd rather have these people objectifying actual objects than objectifying people.

  4. Interesting story, but I don't know why they had to focus on Japanese men. I spent three years in Japan, and while I was impressed by the porn shop that had seven floors, I never met anyone who fit the pervert stereotype.

  5. just read an article in a hospital waiting room about women who buy these Real Dolls too. They make men, women and transgendered dolls, and sell to men, women and transgendered customers.

    i can't see how this is any worse than women using dildos. probably less objectifying in fact - as least there's an acknowledgment that the genitals are attached to a person.

  6. Here's the problem, The people who buy these real dolls don't buy one doll, they collect a slew of them in some cases. They aren't cheap, you're talking 3000.00 per doll. One guy in theocumentary had eight of them stashed around his house. Some people form intimate relationships, talking to the dolls, buying clothing etc. one guy "Davecat", when he had to have his doll repaired and sent off to the guy who repaired them, talked about how he missed this lifeless plastic peice of crap. It's a severly unhealthy attachment.

    It's goes beyond just having it stashed in the corner, you're talking about a 100lb. Mannequin that has to be repaired because of the wear and tear. Dildos are cheap, hookers are comparatively cheap. It feeds into unhealthy fantasy images of women. I just feel like if you're going to invest that time and money, do it with a live person.

  7. Yeah, I remember "Davecat", that was one creepy documentary. For me, the creepiest realdoll owner I ever saw was in that same doc. He had a real life girlfriend and a slew of realdolls, but the best part of this bizarre relationship was when he and his gf threw a birthday party and had placed his various realdolls around the room as 'guests'. That and the OMGHE'SAFREACKINGSERIALKILLER vibe one got when one realised that he had so many realdolls that he had stuffed some of the older ones under mattresses and in cupboards, so limbs were just sticking out randomly all over the place. Ick!