Ah, sex toys for men. I’d never heard of “real dolls” until I saw the trailer and clips for the movie Lars and the Real Girl starring Ryan Gosling. I remember thinking, “What a stupid and 100% completely unbelievable movie. Who the hell would keep a life-size sex doll / mannequin girlfriend?” Besides, didn’t that shit go out of style way back in the 1980s when Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall screwed around in the movie Mannequin. Yet, still, I was intrigued. Who am I if I’m not a woman who’s willing to learn new things? I dug around on the internet to do a bit of research, and I even checked out a real doll manfacturer‘s site [NSFW]. And, then I forgot about real dolls for while. I tucked them away with the rest of the random trivial things that get injected in my brain throughout the days, weeks, years.
Thoughts of the plastic girls came charging back into my life when someone (can’t remember who) on my Twitter feed posted a link to a documentary called Guys and Dolls. It’s a documentary about, you guessed it, real dolls. I sat down in front of my laptop, clicked the link and watched the whole thing. Absolutely fascinating. If you can, I highly suggest you watch the whole thing too. It’s worth it. Here’s a film synopsis from The Documentary Blog (via The Current Outlook via The DigiGuide): “Documentary about the men who use sophisticated life-size dolls for sexual satisfaction and more – such as dates, affection and lifelong companionship. Featuring a young American man who gives his doll daily massages in the home he shares with his disapproving Mum and Dad; a British man who takes his doll out on day trips to the coast where she watches him hang- glide; and two Americans who live with multiple dolls, one of whom shares his eight synthetic lovers with his human girlfriend.”
See, I told you: fascinating. I started googling real dolls after I saw the flick above. It turns out the girls have been around since, well, roughly right after the movie Mannequin came out. Oooh, who’d a thunk it? Sex and the City‘s Samantha Jones was the original real doll! Wanna know more about real dolls? Time magazine did an article about real dolls about six or so years ago. Salon, Boing Boing (a site with a editor who really likes black people at SXSW … sorry, inside joke!) and others have all written about the chicas plasitcas as well. And, of course, there’s a Wikipedia page. Whaddya think, dear readers? Feel free to express your views. Are real dolls totally normal sex toys for men who don’t have girlfriends, or are the collections crazy, fucked up creepy habits for sociopaths?