Friday, March 13, 2009

New Contender For Fundamentalist Disdain: Object Sexuality

Woman Marries the Object of Her Desire ... the Eiffel Tower?
SexDating & LoveOdd NewsMar 11th 2009
By Emerald Catron

At one time or another everybody gets fed up and swears off relationships with other people forever. But do they go and marry an inanimate object?

They do if they're like former U.S. Army helicopter pilot Erika La Tour Eiffel.

Did you catch that last name? Erika married the Eiffel Tower two years ago in a small ceremony with some friends in Paris.

Material Obsessions

La Tour Eiffel is one of a very small group of people who have intimate relationships with ... objects. These people, called, "objectum sexuals" are never attracted to human beings in the first place. ...
There are not very many known OS people in the world. The OS online group was founded by Eija-Riitta Berliner-Mauer--who coined the phrase--and has approximately 40 members, most of whom are women. Berliner-Mauer (which is German for "Berlin Wall"), tells "The Independent" that objectum sexuality is much more common in Eastern cultures where people "routinely believe that objects have souls."

A Special Relationship

OS people don't just love objects, they believe that objects are sentient beings who love them back and talk to them. That's why La Tour Eiffel has a hard time using her bow in archery competitions. They broke up, and now things just aren't the same.

Not everyone who is OS is attracted to large public attractions. One British woman is primarily attracted to radios and hi-fis. And Amy Wolfe has a piece of banister that she just can't get enough of.

The documentary "Strange Love: Married to the Eiffel Tower" (catch the whole thing here) features quite a bit of footage of Wolfe and Mrs. Le Tour Eiffel, including a scene of the two at an amusement park in upstate New York, where Amy visits her main squeeze (you can also tack polygamy onto the list of things they believe in).

The Music of the "Nacht"

The ruler of Wolfe's heart is a rather phallic carnival ride called 1001 Nachts. Wolfe caresses and kisses the ride (which frankly doesn't look like nearly as much fun as the Tilt-a-Whirl) and even gets some of its gear oil on her fingers and sniffs them, marveling at how "good" it smells. It's a little awkward to watch, but Jezebel declares it a must-see and provides a good summary for those of you who think the thought of a woman getting down with a picket fence is a little too out-there.

Roughly half of known objectum sexuals have been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, which is an autism spectrum disorder that makes it difficult to form relationships with others.

But David Morgan, a senior psychoanalyst at the Portman NHS Trust for sexual dysfunctions tells The Independent that he thinks the desire to desire objects comes from being treated like an inanimate or unfeeling object in early childhood.

Regardless of what caused it, most OS people seem to be pretty happy the way they are.

And here is a definition of object sexuality from Wikipedia:
Object sexuality
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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]

I must admit even I think this is weird stuff---but here's the best part of Lemondrop's article--- a comment by a poster named sidharthae: " Yeah, well that makes sense; gay couples aren't allowed to marry but you can marry a building. Unbelievable." My thoughts exactly. Other good comments are:

Friday 13 March
By crisNeutralReportPositiveNegative

seriously! i completely agree! this is ridiculous. someone can legally marry a building, but 2 gay people that are completely in love cant?

Thursday 12 March
By sunnydawsonHighest RankReportPositiveNegative

Good question! That article did not say if they have a sexual relationship with their objects of desire.


Thursday 12 March
By zackNeutralReportPositiveNegative

if you click the link they actually do have sex with the objects just click there here link high lighted in blue theres a story of a women in love with the golden gate bridge and one with her bow and arrow.

Thursday 12 March
By MattNeutralReportPositiveNegative

well maybe the sentient being just being there for them is enough to turn them on and give the like feeling of a sexual relationship. sometimes it doesnt have to be physical.

Thursday 12 March
By seriously?Highest RankReportPositiveNegative

i can't believe that. and they say gay marriage is a mockery of the spiritual union between a man & a woman? then what the hell is this??? so two people who love each other can't get married, but some whack-job can marry an inanimate object? i honestly don't think i've ever heard anything so absurd. i'm not trying to start an argument on beliefs or whatever... but i'm seriously speechless on how fucking stupid this is.


Friday 13 March
By CoreyNeutralReportPositiveNegative

Seriously,I agree with you.At least with gay marriages two people are getting married,but with this "os" you have people marrying inanimate objects.And to them these are just like people,but it is not normal.Not to be mean in any way but it seems like a fetish to me or something.Next somebody is going to marry "The Statue of Liberty" I just don't get it.

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