The Sex Doll

A History


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About the Book

This scholarly study of the centuries-long history of fornicatory dolls examines the enduring obsession with creating an idealized, silent female sexual object and the manifestations of this desire through the ages in mythology, literature, art, philosophy and science. This particular sexual impulse has been expressed in a great variety of forms such as statues, mannequins, sex dolls, and gynoids (robots). In particular this study focuses on the evolution of the sex doll through its original incarnation as a sack cloth effigy, through the marketing of inflatable dolls, to the current elaborate cyber-technology figures, in an attempt to discover the hidden drives and desires which fuel this ongoing fantasy of creating a perfect, powerless, silent partner.

About the Author(s)

A member of the Australian Horror Writers Association, Anthony Ferguson is a government project officer in Western Australia.

Bibliographic Details

Anthony Ferguson
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 236
Bibliographic Info: 22 photos, notes, filmography, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4794-7
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5662-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vii

Preface      1

Introduction      3

ONE. The Origin of the Species      9

TWO. She Ain’t Heavy, She’s Just Rubber      24

THREE. The Great Leap Forward      40

FOUR. I Am Your Automatic Lover      56

FIVE. Forever Young      71

SIX. Consumable Women      81

SEVEN. Sex Doll Stereotypes      93

EIGHT. The Vagaries of Masculine Desire      108

NINE. The Dark Side of Desire      127

TEN. Do Androids Dream of Electric Orgasm?      142

ELEVEN. Revulsion, Lust and Love      167

Conclusion: Disengage from Society and Plug into the Network      199

Chapter Notes      205

Bibliography      211

Index      217