There’s an article in Salon today about men who own Real Dolls, which are lifelike replicas of women designed for fucking (and, for many owners, companionship). It’s an interesting, if at times disturbing, article.
Without going too much into an analysis of the story, one of the things which most bothered me was that among the dollmaker’s list of requests he refused to fulfill was armpit hair. It’s strange and unsettling to think that particular standards of beauty are enforced even upon fake women.
Anyway, one of the things mentioned in the piece is that Real Dolls often serve as stop gap measures for men between relationships, and I was curious about what people thought of a potential partner who had engaged in relations with a Real Doll. (At this point, the primary market is female dolls for men, but there are some women who buy them, and there is one male doll on the market, too—so this question is open to everyone, regardless of sex or sexuality.) Would you be bothered if you found out your partner had a Real Doll? Would it make a difference if they continued to use the Real Doll while in a relationship?