Home | Title Index | Topic Index | Expert Directory | News Releases | Calendar | Articles  

Sex doll

A high end sex doll.

A sex doll (also love doll or blow up doll) is a type of sex toy in the size and shape of a sexual partner for aid in masturbation.

The sex doll may consist of an entire body with face, or just a pelvic part, with the accessories (vagina, anus, mouth, penis) for sexual stimulation. The parts are sometimes vibrating and may be removable or interchangeable.


[edit] History

Ovid writes of a myth in which a sex doll was sculpted from ivory by a man from Cyprus named Pygmalion. She was named Galatea. He became so enchanted with the beauty of his own handiwork that he fed her, bathed her, slept with her and did, indeed, put her to the use of a sex doll. Eventually the goddess Aphrodite brought the statue to life.[citation needed]

'Sheela-na-gigs' are marble carvings of naked women that can be found on many old churches around England and Ireland. It was said that by caressing them an individual could gain the power to heal others.

There has long been a sailor's term, or "dama de viaje" in French and Spanish and also "Seemannsbraut" in German respectively, indicating a female doll made of sewn cloth and used by sailors aboard ship.[citation needed]

A 1982 attempt to import a consignment of sex dolls into Britain had the unintended consequence of ending the law against importing "obscene or indecent" items that were not illegal to sell within the UK. Having had the dolls seized by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise officers, David Sullivan's Conegate Ltd. took the case all the way to the European Court of Justice, and won in 1987.[1] Britain was forced to lift its stringent import prohibitions dating from 1876, because for imports from within the European Community they constituted a barrier to free trade under the terms of the Treaty of Rome.

[edit] Commercial forms

A RealDoll with face #11

Cheaper sex dolls are inflatable, using air. These lower price-range (less than $50) dolls are usually made of welded vinyl, and bear only a passing resemblance to women or men, but they have an artificial vagina or penis and their users are willing to overlook their shortcomings. They often burst at the seams after a few uses, although they are commonly given as gag gifts and therefore many may not be used at all.

At the middle market price-range ($100 to $200), dolls are made of heavy latex without welded seams, have plastic mannequin-style heads and styled wigs, plastic or glass eyes, and properly moulded hands and feet. Some contain water-filled body areas such as the breasts or buttocks. The manufacturing process causes most latex dolls to be delivered with a fine coating of zinc oxide covering the skin, which is usually removed by the consumer by placing the doll under the shower. Otherwise, latex is an inert and non-toxic natural material; although a tiny percentage of users may discover a latex allergy.

More expensive sex dolls ($600 to $7,000 or more) are usually made from silicone. They can be very lifelike, with face and body modelled on real people, with realistic skin material (similar to that used for movie special effects), and with realistic (or even real) hair. These dolls usually have an articulate PVC or metal skeleton with flexible joints that allows them to be positioned in a variety of positions for display and for sexual acts. Silicone sex dolls are obviously heavier than inflatable ones (which consist mostly of air), but are about half the weight of a real human of comparable size.

Silicone dolls are quite popular in Japan, where they are known as "Dutch Wives" ('dattchi waifu'). Their name originates from the term, possibly English, for the thick rattan or bamboo bolster, used to aid sleep in humid countries by keeping one's limbs lifted above sweaty sheets. There is even a business, Doru no Mori in Tokyo, that rents sex dolls and rooms to male customers.[2][3] In March 2007 the Japanese daily Mainichi Shimbun newspaper reported that there are also rental businesses that bring the dolls to the customer's home, and that the specialist love-doll magazine Aidroid has a print-run of 10,000 copies per issue.[4]

The middle market and high-end market emerged in the USA around 1995. The market has grown for two main reasons. Firstly, the last twenty years have seen huge improvements over earlier types of sex dolls, and customers come to realize this through using the web. Secondly, the method of retail purchase has also improved, now showing customers what the actual doll, seams, hair, and even orifices look like.

There are now sites that do not sell dolls, but just show them so that customers can make informed decisions on the aesthetics prior to purchase[5]—then the customers select online from stores instead of having to take "pot luck" in a sex shop, and a possible purchase can be discussed first in anonymous online forums with existing owners. Extras to customize a doll to one's personal taste (wigs, clothes, perfumes, etc.) can also be purchased online.

[edit] New materials and technologies

CybOrgasMatrix dolls use an innovative material—a very elastic gel with a strong shape memory, which, they have shown in side-by-side tests, is superior to silicone in realism, elasticity, shape memory, and durability. Additional features include a pelvic thruster motor and audio capability (using wireless headphones).

In June 2006, Henrik Christensen of the European Robotics Research Network told the UK's Sunday Times that "people are going to be having sex with robots within five years."[6]

[edit] Novelty forms

In Japan one can purchase inflatable love pillows or ("dakimakura") that are printed with a life-size picture of a porn star or anime character.

Some inflatable sex dolls are made in the form of animals, most notably sheep and cows. These dolls are more of a joke gift or party novelty, and are often not suitable for sexual use.

Other less popular novelty love dolls include overweight, transvestite, elderly and alien dolls, which are usable for pleasure but also tend to be given as gag gifts.

Some companies manufacture cloth sex dolls using the same technology that is used to create plush toys for children. With widespread cultural use of the internet amongst younger generations, numerous forums exist comprised of amateurs who create their own sex dolls from fabric or other materials. There are even mailing lists for discussing techniques and experiences with MLDs (material love dolls).

Some inflatable dolls even have the form of children. However, owners may be pursued for possession of child pornography material.[7]

[edit] Documentary

The 2007 Five documentary film Guys and Dolls describes four British and American men and their relationships with sex dolls.[1]

[edit] In culture

Ring a Ring of Roses by John LeKay, 1990–91, sexual surrogate dolls and masks.
  • A central scene in Japanese filmmaker Atsushi Yamatoya's cult pink film Inflatable Sex Doll of the Wastelands (1967) involved a shack full of sex dolls. He would revisit the sex doll motif in his script for director ChĹ«sei Sone's Nikkatsu Roman porno Love Doll Report: An Adult Toy (1975).[8]
  • Roxy Music's 1973 song "In Every Dream Home a Heartache" (from their album "For Your Pleasure") is both a satirical look by Bryan Ferry at opulent lifestyles and a paean to an inflatable sex doll. The lyrics end with the lines, "I blew up your body/But you blow my mind."
  • The Police's 1978 song "Be My Girl -- Sally" (from their album "Outlandos d'Amour") features a central section within which guitarist Andy Summers recites a poem about Sally, the inflatable sex doll he 'weds' in lieu of a real wife.
  • 1991–1992, artist John LeKay in New York exhibited "sex-pieces", consisting of blow up sex dolls wearing cartoonish masks, arranged in "group sex" tableaux.[9]
  • A sex doll features as a central plot device in Tom Sharpe's satirical crime novel Wilt.
  • Howard Stern of radio fame mentioned that a modern doll was "the best sex I've ever had." Stern also purchased a RealDoll, which he posed in his studio as a gag prop, and often referred to during interviews with guests. This might be the same doll mentioned above.
  • Malice@Doll is a 2000 Japanese computer generated OVA about a sex doll and her run down robot world.
  • Novels centering on sex dolls include Richard Calder's Dead Girls. Cinema-release movies include Monique (France, Valerie Guignabodet, 2002), Love Object (US, Robert Parigi, 2003), Dead Doll (Adam Sherman, 2004), Life Size (Tamaño Natural, 1973), and Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (Japan, 2004).
Stuckist demonstration against the Turner Prize.
  • In 2003 Jake and Dinos Chapman exhibited a sculpture, Death, in the Turner Prize at Tate Britain, England. The sculpture looked like two plastic sex dolls, but was in fact painted bronze. It provoked a demonstration by the Stuckist art group. displaying two plastic sex dolls.[10]
  • The cult film Love Object (2003), written and directed by Robert Parig, concerns a socially awkward technical writer who develops an obsessive relationship with Nikki, a rubber sex doll he orders.
  • The film, Lars and the Real Girl has a plot where a sweet but delusional man purchases a high end sex doll for a completely platonic relationship while his community cooperates in order for him to work his personal issues.
  • In an episode of The Office, Michael Scott brings a blow up doll to a sexual harassment meeting.
  • In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on the level "Loose Ends" and its Special Operations (Spec Ops) counterpart "Estate Takedown" there is a sex doll in the top floor bathtub, and the multiplayer map "Estate" (There are a few different arrangements of tables and a few rooms are completely different) downstairs, on a little shelf under the stairs is another.
  • Air Doll is a 2009 film about an inflatable sex doll coming to life.
  • In an episode of the comedy series Only Fools and Horses, Del Boy acquires some sex dolls which turn out to be lethal(they explode).
  • 2010, BlowJoannaUp.com is an interactive website-contest that allows users to upload homemade videos of themselves and their interactions with a Joanna Angel inflatable sex doll.

[edit] Doll suits

It is also possible to wear a sex doll as a full-body "doll suit"[citation needed]. There are few commercial manufacturers, so these are customized from commercial latex dolls. Usually the doll becomes a suit with zippers in the back, and is then worn with a female face mask. Sometimes wearers insert the sheaths of the doll into their own body, thus making penetrative sex possible.

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. ^ Conegate v Commissioners of Customs and Excise (No 121/85) Queen's Bench (1987) 254.
  2. ^ Tokyo Times blog, 17 December 2004
  3. ^ Japanorama, BBC Three, Season 3 Episode 2, first aired 26 March 2007
  4. ^ Blow up love-doll business puts boom into boom-boom, Mainichi Shimbun, 6 March 2006
  5. ^ "Photos of Inflated Dolls and Detailing". http://www.blowmeupsexdolls.com. 
  6. ^ Habershon, Ed; Woods, Richard (2006-06-18). "No sex please, robot, just clean the floor â€” Times Online". The Times (London). http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2230715,00.html. Retrieved 2010-05-23. 
  7. ^ "Blow-Up Dolls Jail Bait? - September 21, 2006". http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/0921062doll1.html. 
  8. ^ Weisser, Thomas; Yuko Mihara Weisser (1998). Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Films. Miami: Vital Books : Asian Cult Cinema Publications. pp. 210–211, 251. ISBN 1-88928-852-7. 
  9. ^ "Biography", johnlekay.com. Retrieved 10 December 2007.
  10. ^ "Turner Prize Goes to Perry â€“ and Claire", The Guardian, December 8, 2003. Retrieved March 22, 2006.

[edit] Further reading

  • Elisabeth Alexandre. Des PoupĂ©es et des hommes â€” enquete sur l'amour Artif. (2005). ISBN 2-84271-252-8 (Book is in French - 'Dolls and Men â€” Investigation into Artificial Love').
  • Elena Dorfman. Still Lovers (2005). ISBN 0-9766708-1-X. (Female art/fashion photographer photographs men and their dolls).
  • Guys and Dolls: Art, Science, Fashion and relationships. Royal Pavilion, Libraries and Museums. (2005). (102-page catalogue of a major exhibition at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, England).
  • Cynthia Ann Moya. (2006) "Artificial Vaginas and Sex Dolls: An Erotological Investigation." Dissertation, San Francisco, CA: Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. Available in hardcopy from http://www.alta-glamour.com/cgi-bin/glam/46743.html or CD-ROM http://www.alta-glamour.com/cgi-bin/glam/46744.html.

[edit] External links

Related Articles & Resources

Sexuality Experts

Sexuality: Books and Articles

This article is based on one or more articles in Wikipedia, with modifications and additional content by site editors. This article is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 3.0 License (CC-BY-SA) and the GNU Free Documentation License (GFDL).

Sexsources.ca home page