“There is something that makes men attracted to women, but it doesn’t have to be a real woman. Men are turned on by something, and most often they are turned on by real women, and so they think that is because they are beautiful. In fact, men are turned on by signs. It’s not that women are pretty. There are pent up feelings that make men feel they are pretty. Why is that? Thinking about that question is one of my motivations when I’m making dolls.”
-Gentaro Araki, famed Japanese artist specializing in sex dolls
For years, professionals from the fields of psychology and anthropology have been studying the science of falling in love: Why do our hearts race and palms sweat when we merely see the object of our affection? How and why are long-term attachments formed? Why do our hearts feel as though they’re breaking when our partner leaves?
Chemicals are seen as the driving force for such aspects of what we call love. Oxytocin aids in establishing bonds (and strengthening these bonds each time we tear up the sheets), dopamine gives us the feeling of butterflies flittering about in our stomachs and the highest of emotional highs, adrenaline produces our feelings of anxiety helping our hearts beat rapidly, and serotonin, one of the most popular neurotransmitters, keeps us feeling happy. Thus far, on our evolutionary timeline, only other humans had the capacity to produce such responses and create pair bonds. But, that was before the age of soft, flesh-like silicone.
Companies worldwide are perfecting the male and female form: crafting them out of life-like materials and allowing customers to be involved in their creation. With a menu of faces, hair and eye color, breast or penis size, and ethnicity, the customer is king. Although the concept of lovin’ on a doll is still on the periphery, doll lovers are coming out of the woodwork and in the next few years will be less of a niche market and garner more mainstream acceptance. Currently, these human-like dolls are lifeless hunks of meat, but within a couple decades, they will have the ability to move and speak, changing the context of human interaction and sexual competition.