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November 7, 2001 8:30 PM   Subscribe

This article proves what I've always suspected: no matter how strange a fetish may be, some idiot is going to take it to its logical and extreme conclusion.
posted by tiny pea (11 comments total)


 
I was going to make a sly remark about how this guy looks like Ronnie James Dio, but his Geocities page must have exceeded it's limit.

This is some funny stuff.
posted by hotdoughnutsnow at 8:47 PM on November 7, 2001


The RealDoll meme bubbles to the surface every 6 months, like clockwork. If I were the suspicious type, I'd say the person who wrote the message linked up top here worked for the RealDoll company.
posted by crunchland at 9:03 PM on November 7, 2001


If there can be Stepford wives, why not Stepford husbands?
posted by Carol Anne at 5:02 AM on November 8, 2001


If you read the article it's clear he's taking the piss - it ends up with him breaking into the RealDoll factory and taking a male RealDoll's place in a packing crate before being shipped out to some unsuspecting woman. Actually - maybe it's true and he's just insane.

Anyway - got me thinking... Y'know the old meme that the porn industry is a driving force for technology (think virtual-sex etc.) - well wouldn't it be scary if RealDoll ended up being our Tyrell Corporation?
posted by jiroczech at 5:34 AM on November 8, 2001


What jiroczech said. The whole thing is tongue in cheek, read it til the end.

The male real doll looks even more wierder and cadaver like than the female real dools. I'd be afriad to have one in my house. Too creepy.

He's got nice legs though ;)
posted by eclectic glamazon at 5:55 AM on November 8, 2001


This is obviously a parody of some sort - hell, at the end he talks about Linux being ported to an (still under development) animatronic real doll.
posted by aladfar at 6:13 AM on November 8, 2001


If I was a woman opening a RealDoll box only to find an actual man, I'd probably hit him over the head with a frying pan.

Obvious parody/lie.
posted by jragon at 7:48 AM on November 8, 2001


The parody isn't much further from the truth.

Do a quick search on Google, and all the RealDoll crazies come out. I remember stumbling on one guy's porn shrine to his RealDoll relations, with all sorts of explicit (and I mean EXPLICIT) photos... it took me about 45 to erase it from my brain.
posted by Fofer at 5:54 PM on November 8, 2001


The parody isn't much further from the truth.

Do a quick search on Google, and all the RealDoll crazies come out. I remember stumbling on one guy's porn shrine to his RealDoll relations, with all sorts of explicit (and I mean EXPLICIT) photos... it took me about 45 to erase it from my brain.
posted by Fofer at 6:31 PM on November 8, 2001


(Wow, I guess that's my initiation of sorts... my first double post! Sorry.)
posted by Fofer at 6:32 PM on November 8, 2001


jiroczech is totally on track with what I have been thinking for years since I first saw these dolls. Being a sci-fi reader and sometime writer, I find myself confronting the issue of artificial beings over and over. And yet no idea seems to have greater pull on the lonely dejected human male than a sexual slave who has neither the capability nor the will to resist all of the outcasts advances. Heck, most sci fi is written or influenced by the rather intense urges repressed by a generally intellectual male.
Now, being also interested in Japanese robotic technology over the years, artificial or simulated intelligence matrixes, and manga, it doesn't take much of a leap to completely realize that these dolls, given basic simulated response capability and minor movements, could be the bridge between todays dreams of a simulated race and tomorrows reality of one. (sorry for the run on sentence)
If I had anything more than a rampant (yet logical) imagination, some skills in electronics and a degree in robotics, you know darn well I would buy one of these and rebuild it as a simulated human. A manga sex doll, one that responds to your actions and what not.... I could make a killing on the market. I figure if I can figure that much out, there must be someone with a smart head on his shoulders sitting on access to people with those skills thinking just that very thing.
Someday you wont know if the person driving the bus, the female teller at the bank or the street cleaner is a real human or a simulant. ...someday...
posted by Azaroth at 11:58 PM on November 9, 2001


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