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Sex dolls are inflatable 'sex toys' (sometimes giving as a 'gag gift' at Bachelor Parties) with the likeness of a human being. They are often used sexually by members of both sexes. Sometimes people will dress or act as a sex doll, as a form of sexual objectification. A sample of a sex doll in a her traveling box

History

The dame de voyage (French) or dama de viaje (Spanish]]) was a direct predecessor to today's sex dolls that originated in the seventeenth century. Dames de voyage were makeshift masturbatory dolls made of sewn cloth or old clothes, used by French and Spanish sailors while isolated at sea during long voyages.[1]

One of the earliest recorded appearances of manufactured sex dolls dates to 1908, in Iwan Bloch's The Sexual Life of Our Time. Bloch wrote:

In this connection we may refer to fornicatory acts effected with artificial imitations of the human body, or of individual parts of that body. There exist true Vaucansons (a French inventor and artist who was responsible for the creation of impressive and innovative automata and machines such as the first completely automated loom) in this province of pornographic technology, clever mechanics who, from rubber and other plastic materials, prepare entire male or female bodies, which, as hommes or dames de voyage, subserve fornicatory purposes. More especially are the genital organs represented in a manner true to nature. Even the secretion of Bartholin's glans is imitated, by means of a "pneumatic tube" filled with oil. Similarly, by means of fluid and suitable apparatus, the ejaculation of the semen is imitated. Such artificial human beings are actually offered for sale in the catalogue of certain manufacturers of "Parisian rubber articles."[2]

During World War II Nazi-Germany created "The Borghild-project" to make sex-dolls for soldiers.[3]

The production of human simulacra to substitute for human sexual partners took several technological leaps forward in the late twentieth century. By the 1970s, vinyl, latex and silicone had become the materials most frequently used in the manufacture of sex dolls; silicone in particular allowed a greater degree of realism.[4]

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.[5] 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.

"Sex Robots"

Robot fetishism is the name popularly used to describe a fetishistic attraction to humanoid or non-humanoid robots, or people dressed in robot costumes. A related fetish is agalmatophilia, which involves attraction to mannequins or statues. A common fantasy related to these fetishes involves transformation into a robot, mannequin, or statue, and can be viewed as a form of erotic objectification.

It is sometimes referred to by the initials ASFR, from the alt.sex.fetish.robots newsgroup.

The gynoid in Fritz Lang's film Metropolis can be viewed as an early example of the robot as fetish object. In Star Trek: The Next Generation, the android, Data, was the object of sexual desire more than once up to actual sex and he was extensively programmed with numerous sexual techniques.

The fetish artist Hajime Sorayama is notable for his depiction of robots as erotic objects.

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