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February 9, 2009 7:31 AM   Subscribe

Remember Mrs. Wall? You may enjoy this recent documentary about objectum-sexuals.
posted by prefpara (30 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

 
Sorry, I meant to include a link to part two.
posted by prefpara at 7:33 AM on February 9, 2009


"When I start climaxing... I want your fluids."

Are we talking hydraulic?

Sorry, this is either funny or sick... I understand loving inanimate objects but when you start talking about climaxing with a bridge...
posted by Drasher at 7:53 AM on February 9, 2009


No reason it can't be both, Drasher.
posted by Horace Rumpole at 8:05 AM on February 9, 2009


Hmm, I really don't mean to babysit my own thread, but I did want to say that perhaps the way I worded it may have made it seem like I was making light of the people featured in the documentary. If so, I take it back! I found their story moving and sad.
posted by prefpara at 8:08 AM on February 9, 2009 [2 favorites]


This documentary strikes me as insistently indiscreet - pretty much the wrong tack if these individuals are intended to survive your immediate instinct to write them off as narcissistic kooks.
posted by progosk at 8:30 AM on February 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


I went off to boarding school when I was just a kid. My first roommate was a great guy, a bit on the nerdy side, I'll call him Rob. Ok, to be honest, Rob is still a complete geek, but I digress. Often times when I would come back to the room I'd walk in and find him reading a magazine which he would quickly close and toss down, out of sight, between his bed and the wall. As any red-blooded, hormone laden kid would, when Rob was out of the room once I decided to check out what I assumed was his collection of porn. I reached down into the space between his bed and the wall and pulled up a handfull of magazines, jackpot!

Then I flipped the magizines over. For a split second the thought passed through my head that Rob was some sort of strange mecha-sexual, that he actually got off on circuit boards and wiring harnesses. Then I realized he was just messy and this was where he tossed his computer mags and hardware catalogues.

Years later after living with Rob throughout school and out in the real world I would come to realize that my fist thought was probably not so innaccurate.
posted by Pollomacho at 9:13 AM on February 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


@Pollomacho: Your "fist thought"?! Yikes.
posted by magstheaxe at 9:18 AM on February 9, 2009


I found this documentary at the end of last week and I watched it four and a half times in five days.

I have no idea why. I'm not an OS. I guess that it was just so alien to me, and so fascinating - the OS people are so dedicated to their love.

Sadly, it wasn't surprising that there was a lot of abuse (particularly sexual) tied in with being an OS person. Amy (the tie-dyed woman)'s mom in particular said something about loving the objects because the objects can never hurt them.

I don't know. The whole thing just blew my mind for some reason.

This is actually one part of a two-part series called "strangelove" - the other episode is all about men, and it's called "My Lover Is My Car." I don't understand why the guys *aren't* considered objectum-sexuals, though; aren't they having intimate relationships with inanimate objects, too?
posted by harperpitt at 9:26 AM on February 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


This documentary strikes me as insistently indiscreet

It is, and that's a good thing.
posted by dydecker at 9:33 AM on February 9, 2009


agreed. the filmmaker's viewpoint seems sympathetic, but still voyeuristic and borderline exploitative: showing amy smearing the grease on her face? (certainly the filmmakers couldn't have been unaware of the allusion to pornography when filming!) and there is an over abundance of scenes of the objectum-sexuals copulating. exactly how many scenes do we need to really get this point?
posted by barrett caulk at 9:59 AM on February 9, 2009


(sorry. got in too late. the above 'agreed' is in response to progosk.)
posted by barrett caulk at 10:01 AM on February 9, 2009


couple a questions:

why are the objects always human made? no mention of loving a tree or a waterfall.


why are we so much more comfortable with confrontational relationships to objects. rivers are 'tamed,' mountains are 'conquered.' granted, these are metaphors. but why does it strike us as strange (and it is strange) that people might be in love with a bridge. (it is a pretty sexy bridge.)
posted by barrett caulk at 10:06 AM on February 9, 2009


(certainly the filmmakers couldn't have been unaware of the allusion to pornography when filming!)

Considering this documentary was made for a series called "StrangeLove" and the teaser during the closing credits was for an episode about nudist parents, something tells me the ironic imagery was not lost on the filmmakers.
posted by Spatch at 10:16 AM on February 9, 2009


Your "fist thought"?! Yikes.

I don't think Rob masturbated to Wired, I just think he fantasizes more often about warm mother boards than hot moms.

I was so sure that I'd hit his golden porn stash
posted by Pollomacho at 10:20 AM on February 9, 2009


duly noted, spatch. in haste to comment, i neglected to notice that. that explains my unease with the whole thing: i gots no problem with bridge-loving and fence-humping, but tv gets my goat.
posted by barrett caulk at 10:29 AM on February 9, 2009


Brain chemistry is a frightening thing.

Just thanking my lucky stars I didn't pull the "I wanna fuck a building" card.
posted by smackwich at 10:39 AM on February 9, 2009


I can't stop laughing.
posted by tiger yang at 10:41 AM on February 9, 2009


I always cite Mrs. Wall as why the Internet is good. Seriously, would you have ever heard of objectum-sexuals otherwise?
posted by bonefish at 11:04 AM on February 9, 2009


Awkwaaaard.
posted by Nattie at 11:09 AM on February 9, 2009


This is easily one of the most disturbing things I've ever come across. You couldn't scream transference louder than this.

The only thing that kept my skin from crawling was the deep, deep pity I have for these people.

Ditto what Smackwich sed: thankee Lord for no "I'd so hit that" when visiting tourist sites.
posted by Lipstick Thespian at 11:16 AM on February 9, 2009


Don't fall in love with the Chrysler building–it's a total slut!
posted by Mister_A at 11:16 AM on February 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


Dear AskMe, I really feel a strong connection to the internet. Could it be love?
posted by orme at 11:21 AM on February 9, 2009


the chrysler building gave me an awesome handjob once.
posted by barrett caulk at 11:22 AM on February 9, 2009


the chrysler building gave me an awesome handjob once

I think you are confusing the building with Leroy the loveable (literally) hobo that hangs out in front of the Duane Reade in the lobby.
posted by Pollomacho at 11:52 AM on February 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


Show this to the anti-gay marriage zealots. This'll blow their minds.

That said, could you be busted for pedophilia if you perv on new construction?
posted by dr_dank at 2:32 PM on February 9, 2009 [2 favorites]


How do men who are in love with cars or real dolls not qualify as objectum-sexuals?
posted by arcticwoman at 3:05 PM on February 9, 2009


arcticwoman: "How do men who are in love with cars ... not qualify as objectum-sexuals?"

I asked myself this question after the man in the lion hat jizzed on Todd.
posted by subbes at 5:34 PM on February 9, 2009 [1 favorite]


Through its humble ancestry in the signal fires, telegraph, telephone, and radio, the internet finally achieves its end goal: showing a woman make out with a carnival ride.

I take back all of the other times I've ever said it: the internet is now definitely over. Stay tuned for The Tonight Show.
posted by dr_dank at 6:53 PM on February 9, 2009


A few additional links:

An article by the creator of the documentary.

The objectum-sexuality homepage (of sorts).
posted by prefpara at 8:09 PM on February 9, 2009


I'm surprised at no mention of the Bow Wow Wow ode to masturbation "Sexy Eiffel Tower." But I can't find the lyrics and it seems to be one of the few 80s relics not on youtube.
posted by KirkJobSluder at 8:43 PM on February 10, 2009


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