SEX DOLLS AND POPULAR CULTURE

Since the first inflatable sex dolls began appearing in the advertisements of porno magazines in the late sixties, sex dolls have become an indelible part of popular culture. Often misunderstood, sex dolls and their owners have been the topics of popular entertainment, documentaries, sight gags and sitcoms, and even artistic photo shoots. Sex dolls are also achieving a greater mainstream acceptance that brings them into more and more homes, where they stand to positively impact the lives of countless men (and women) who want to experience more gratifying sexual lives. The sex dolls available from Shopadoll.com have the power to improve anyone’s life, in fact… but for that to happen, more people have to become aware of the fact that sex dolls exist. Fortunately, popular culture is working to do just that. Infamous “shock jock” radio host Howard Stern probably serves credit for introducing sex dolls to popular culture. The fearless Stern not only publicized the existence of high-end, top dollar sex dolls from the RealDoll company, but even featured segments on his show that included one of his co hosts having sex with the doll on air (and pronouncing the experience “interesting”). Since then, popular culture has seen more and more inroads for the silicone sex doll. Sex dolls have gone from being inflatable sight gags, in fact, to the subjects of serious film projects — as well as documentaries about the culture of those who buy and use such dolls. More than one feature film has featured sex dolls as central characters. “Lars and the Real Girl” features the very touching relationship between a man and his sex doll (a relationship that is largely accepted by the people around Lars, who want to be supportive of him. There’s also a 2002 French sex comedy named “Monique” that features a man’s passion for a sex doll. Another film, “Love Object,” was released the following year, chronicling a man’s debate with himself over whether his sex doll is a person or not. Of all these films, “Lars and the Real Girl” is the most potentially positive, because it presents the idea of a man using a sex doll to ease the pain in his life, and fill the relationship void that he feels, in a way that is not negative. It may not be positive, either, but even a neutral presentation makes it possible for people to see the potential where sex dolls are concerned. Various documentaries about sex dolls have proven to be positive or negative depending on the producers. The famous (some would say infamous) documentary “Guys and Dolls” goes a long way towards explaining how sex dolls work, as well as delving into the culture surrounding them. Its portrayal of the owners of these dolls, however, is at times very mocking, even condemning, and the overall portrait of the doll owners in the film is of abject losers who are socially backward. This potentially negative coverage has been far outweighed, however, by the positive coverage in various lifestyle magazines and other outlets. A 2010 episode of the animated sitcom “The Cleveland Show” featured a lengthy plot centering on a sex doll, in fact. When show star Cleveland’s friend Holt tries to dispose of his secret sex doll in order to move on with his romantic life (because he’s worried his friends will judge him negatively for keeping such a doll), his friends mistake the disposed doll for a body and think Holt must be a murderer. Hijinks ensue, until finally Holt is reunite with his beloved sex doll. While it was played for comedy, this was a surprisingly upbeat take on the idea of a man who is in a “relationship” with a sex doll, not a live woman. More and more frequently, sex dolls portrayed in popular culture are being displayed as neutral or as positives, rather than evidence of social or sexual dysfunction. More recently, the incredibly popular television series “Sons of Anarchy” featured a subplot about a porn director who sold sex dolls. The portrayal of sex dolls in popular culture comes down to two sides of a coin. On the one side, you have the very positive effects of sex doll ownership on the people who purchase these personal intimacy devices. Sex dolls alleviate loneliness and make it possible for those who are otherwise sexually dysfunctional to have fulfilling, gratifying sex lives. Sex dolls also free men from the tyranny of unhealthy relationships, allowing them to take back their romantic lives on their time and on their terms. But popular entertainment remains fascinated with the backwards loser segment of sex doll owners. By focusing on men who have no social skills, and who do not seem to understand that their love of sex dolls is perhaps not something that should be shared publicly with absolutely everyone in their lives (in much the same way that you would not go to your place of work and proclaim to the receptionist your love of dildos or pocket pussies), the producers of certain documentaries and news pieces on sex dolls are maligning the doll buying public at large. This is unfortunate, because sex dolls are a very useful product that can bring much benefit to people’s lives. Fortunately, though, the saturation of popular culture and media with references to sex dolls will eventually have the desired effect. While some people turn up their noses at the notion of sex dolls, or otherwise mock anyone who would buy a sex doll or consider using it, more and more potential clients are being identified every day. Every person who hears about sex dolls and learns of their benefits is one more person who will see these personal intimacy devices for what they are. These are tools designed to help, not toys that let dysfunctional men evade socially awkward situations. The coming years will bring even more innovations and developments for sex dolls in popular culture. Shopadoll.com will be there to help its clients into that burgeoning future, most gladly.
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