Love dolls helping people cope with loneliness

Discussion in 'Opinions, Beliefs, & Points of View' started by silent_enigma, Oct 19, 2007.

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  1. silent_enigma

    silent_enigma Well-Known Member

    Have you ever heard of people using realistic "sex dolls" as companions? Here's an article so you know what kind I'm talking about.

    I knew that this was something young men (20s) would do in Japan (live with a doll as a companion, buy her a big wardrobe, give her a personality, etc) and they weren't interested in finding a real human companion. But I came to find that there's a whole subculture of men doing this is Europe and North America as well. I suppose the movie Lars and the Real Girl will make it more well known.

    Anyway, the subject fascinated me so I joined a forum for "doll owners and admirers" and found that they weren't weirdos or creeps. Many of them are just making the best of the life situation they have.

    Here's a yahoo news article I found on the subject as well. It's worth reading.
  2. Azul

    Azul Well-Known Member

    Re: Love dolls helping people cope with lonliness

    I think it would be quite humiliating to live such a life. A great part of the joy of love is the narcistic sense of fulfillment, the recognition from another human being, one gets from it.
    With surrogate women like this, or with porn, I think it is very harmful for the self image. While it fulfills in some sense certain needs that are sought to be satisified in the quest for love (ejaculation), it also emphasizes the needs in that quest that are left unfulfilled (the narcistic joy of conquest).
  3. Puddytat

    Puddytat Well-Known Member

    Re: Love dolls helping people cope with lonliness

    IMO its kinda creepy. you do need contact w/ real people, there can seriously not be satisfaction in talking to a doll?! i dont think it rids you of bordom at all unless you have one hek of an imagination. as for it being a sex toy, well, a bit weird but as i dont have any problem w/ getting off on other little toys, i see how it could be classed as similar. but still... eeew!
  4. Blackness

    Blackness Guest

    Re: Love dolls helping people cope with lonliness

    hmm interesting.
    Six grand! is a bit rich I think.
    I'll like a couple, to pose for me for photographs only!
    It's kinda sad that little asian guys actually "date" these and fuck them :S eww.
    I think they look pretty cool though.
  5. protonaut

    protonaut Well-Known Member

    Re: Love dolls helping people cope with lonliness

    If dolls creep any of you out, I'll predict you'll be in for more culture shock throughout the 21st century.

    Androids designed to look and act like real humans will be manufactured as AI technology improves.

    I would bet money that companies in Korea, Japan, and China will one day be producing androids so realistic that they'll be almost indistinguishable from real humans unless examined closely.

    Robots will likely take the place of human employees in most labor-related jobs at some point as well.

    I could discuss a number of other likely changes for the 21st century, but I don't want to diverge from the main topic here.

    My opinion? Let them play with their toys. I'll opt for a real human any day.
  6. LostMyMind

    LostMyMind Well-Known Member

    Re: Love dolls helping people cope with lonliness

    I was just trying to find the video I watched awhile ago about these. Can't seem to find it. Most of the guys in the video were pretty strange, one of them had maybe five dolls in his garage and sat them at the table when he ate dinner. I personally find it very weird and creepy.
  7. possessednomad

    possessednomad Well-Known Member

    I was impressed with how realistic the asian one looked at range actually.

    alltogether though - wtf, creepy imo...
  8. Darken

    Darken Well-Known Member

    I want one lol. [​IMG]
  9. Esmeralda

    Esmeralda Well-Known Member

    That thing would give me nightmares.
  10. Entoloma43

    Entoloma43 Well-Known Member

  11. hammockmonkey

    hammockmonkey Well-Known Member

    hey, isn't there a movie about a love doll: lars and a real girl.
  12. Isa

    Isa Well-Known Member

    Another alternative to imperfect women. Great. Just what the world needs to make us feel good about ourselves if we arent the most attractive sought-after people in the world.

    << cynical much?
  13. Amanda

    Amanda Well-Known Member

    Imagine how many prostitutes you could buy with $6000+?
  14. hammockmonkey

    hammockmonkey Well-Known Member

    12? but would 12 prosts give you the same joy a doll could?
  15. LostMyMind

    LostMyMind Well-Known Member

  16. me1

    me1 Well-Known Member

    I do not see how a doll could obviate loneliness. How can anyone develop any emotional connectedness with a piece of latex? That to me is what loneliness represents, a lack of emotional intimacy, and you could feel completely alone in a crowd if you had nothing in common with any of them.
    How can a doll ever provide anything on a deeper, more meaningful level, when it is essentially a piece of plastic?
  17. silent_enigma

    silent_enigma Well-Known Member

    You're wrong! It's not latex, it's silicone!

    Anyway, from what I've read from various doll owners is that it makes the loneliness much more bearable, but does not eliminate it. The realism helps with the illusion, and if you play along with and encourage the fantasy they develop personalities of their own. Or so I've read.

    And you know, I thought this forum would be like the last place I'd get judgmental responses to this subject, considering many of us feel like social rejects as well. But hey, think what you will, their dolls make them feel better. Would you rather that they feel worse?
  18. silent_enigma

    silent_enigma Well-Known Member

    It's not like doll owners were all that sought-after themselves.
  19. LostMyMind

    LostMyMind Well-Known Member

    Wouldn't having sex with one of these things feel like you're humping a dead body? I don't think their vagina is heated or anything. lol
  20. Esmeralda

    Esmeralda Well-Known Member

    It's a lot of money, time and energy to put into a fantasy that will never solve your problems in the long run. Crap, for 6,000 dollars you could hire a life coach and a dating guru to get you back on track and into a REAL relationship. Further alienating yourself from society by plunging into this fantasy is only going to make it harder for you to find real love and is pretty much going to raise your creepiness factor by quite a bit.
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