Object Sexuality

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Object Sexuality (OS), also called objectophilia, refers to pronounced emotional attachment to inanimate objects. For some, sexual or even close emotional relationships with humans are incomprehensible.

Some object-sexual individuals also often believe in animism (spirits in nonliving things), and sense reciprocation based on the belief that objects have souls, intelligence, and feelings, and are able to communicate. Contrary to sexual fetishism, the object to an OS person is viewed as their partner and not merely as a sexual entity.

In 2008, Erika Eiffel, an object-sexual (and world champion archer) living near San Francisco, founded OS Internationale, an educational website and international online community for those identifying or researching the condition to love objects. The website generated a flood of international media interest. Eiffel, whose name derives from her marriage to the Eiffel Tower in 2007, has been featured as a spokesperson in a variety of international articles, radio talk shows, and television programs and documentaries worldwide. The logo for the OS Internationale is the Swedish Red Fence, Röda Staketet, and represents the fence of Mrs. Eklöf Berliner-Mauer who was the first acknowledged OS person to go public. The fence symbolizes transparency and division.

Until recently, object-sexual relationships were treated as curiosities and sensationalized in the media. Medical, psychological, and sexological professionals categorized OS as a paraphilia (sexual arousal from people or things that are unable or unwilling to return affection), though without specific data or inquiry into this condition. In 2009, Dr. Amy Marsh, a clinical sexologist, contacted OS Internationale with questions about the condition. With the consent and cooperation of Erika Eiffel and twenty-one English-speaking members of the organization, Dr. Marsh conducted a survey designed to provide the membership with data which could be given to interested professionals and media representatives. The research results were published as ‘Love Among the Objectum Sexuals’ in the ‘Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality.’

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