So it looks like this story was not a hoax, as there are people who think they have romantic and sexual relationships with inanimate objects. It’s supposed to be called Objectum Sexuality.
Let’s have a closer look from some of the descriptions on Quora:
According to Wikipedia, “is a pronounced emotional and often romantic desire towards developing significant relationships with particular inanimate objects. Those individuals with this expressed preference may feel strong feelings of attraction, love, and commitment to certain items or structures of their fixation. For some, sexual or even close emotional relationships with humans are incomprehensible. Some object-sexual individuals also often believe in animism, and sense reciprocation based on the belief that objects have souls, intelligence, feelings, and are able to communicate. Contrary to sexual fetishism, the object to an OS person is viewed as their partner and not as a means to an end to enhance a human sexual relationship.”
Wow. So this would be like taking a guy with a shoe fetish and pushing it to the extreme where he has relationships with the shoes themselves, thinking the shoes are expressing emotions and desires for him.
To maintain this illusion, they embrace an atheistic version of religion – animism.
Here’s how one Objectum Sexual describes herself:
One respondent said, “We are not freaks, nor are we fetishists. Our lovers are living beings that communicate, and love us back.”
The divorce from objective reality is so complete that this person actually believes something like a toaster communicates to her and loves her back. It’s existing in a world of pure subjectivity, where feelings and imagination become the sole source of truth.
And they perceive things like toasters and light fixtures as “lovers”:
Some had more than one relationship at a time. Here were their responses on that:
I prefer to have multiple relationships at a time (14.3%) 3
I currently have more than one lover (47.6%) 10
I currently have only one lover (38.1%) 8
I prefer to have one relationship at a time (28.6%) 6
And of course, the “experts” have started the process of folding this form of delusion into the spectrum of sexual identities:
It is only recently that academics have started to carry out research into OS. In a 2010 issue of the Internet Journal of Human Sexuality, clinical psychologist Dr. Amy Marsh described what she claims is the first ever research study conducted on a group of 40 “objectophiles” of which 21 English-speaking participants shared their experiences. On US television, Marsh revealed that she supported OS as a legitimate sexual orientation.
So being in love with a toaster and marrying the toaster is considered a “legitimate sexual orientation.” This can only happen if a community of experts divorces subjective reality from objective reality. The experts enable the disorder.
And then there are the words of one such OS person:
I am an objectum-sexual, myself. Having this perspective as well as studying psychology leads me to firmly assert that this is an orientation and not any sort of psychological problem, largely because it causes no distress or dysfunction, and there is no danger inherent in loving objects.
I find this to be an amazing rationalization. Falling in love with another person always carries the risk of distress. There is always danger inherent in loving people for the simple reason that those whom you love have the most power to hurt you. Yet this person seems proud of the fact that her “relationships” are immune to such complexities. And I suppose that would be the case if your “relationship” is an elaborate game of “make believe.”
It’s definitely both emotional and sexual, for those that also experience sexual attraction to objects (some are strictly objectum-romantic). …..It’s honestly exactly the same as falling for any human. You get crushes, spend time together and grow closer, date, go steady, sometimes you have disagreements or upset, sometimes there’s jealousy…its really not much different from a typical relationship.
[shakes head] We’re talking about things like toasters, people.
As I see it, we are not that far into the postChristian, postmodern world. So I trust that most people can recognize the truly delusional nature of this disorder. For now. But I also am willing to bet that are a lot of people who cringe when seeing OS described as a delusional disorder. In fact, to them, it kinda smells like……bigotry. A truly woke person would not dare be so judgmental about another person’s harmless relationship. Expect the postmodernists, over time, to help mainstream OS.
Come to think about it, the incremental process of infantilizing people seems to be a theme of postmodernism – where safe spaces, hurt feelings, immediate gratification, and now, “make believe” relationships are to become the norm. All purchased through a denial of objective reality made possible by atheism.