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Sex Doll Brothel Opens In Barcelona

In the first known brothel of its kind, a Barcelona establishment is offering erotic sessions with sex dolls only.  

Clients of the “agency” will have to pony up $127 an hour for a sex session with one of four big-breasted Lumi Dolls: blond Kati, Asian-featured Lili, dark-skinned Leiza and anime model Aki, who wears her blue hair in ponytails.

Why sex dolls?

For one thing, the silicone dolls are expensive to own — costing at least $5,500 — not to mention embarrassing to have around the house. In addition, having sex with a doll is not, technically, cheating on a spouse.

“They are totally realistic dolls both in their movements and in their ‘feel,’ and they will allow you to fulfill all your fantasies without limits,” promises the website for the Lumi models. 

Clients are invited to request clothing and positions for encounters with their “mates” in a private room in a downtown Barcelona apartment. Romance is not required. Dolls will be disinfected after each use, the website promises, and clients are asked to use condoms. Organizers claim that several sessions with the silicone stable have already been reserved.

Though the Spanish brothel appears to be unique, Lumi Dolls join an increasingly crowded population of brands of realistic-looking plastic-and-silicone sex partners.

And they’re just the beginning of a revolutionary change in the industry that seems to be galloping toward something resembling TV’s futuristic “Westworld,” where robots nearly indistinguishable from real people fulfill the basest desires of human customers.

The current crop of artificial mates is expected to begin to morph from realistic-looking dolls to something closer to robots. A sci-fi model costing more than $15,000 could be on the market as early as next year, capable of speech and even appearing to express emotion.

California-based company Realdoll — which touts its brand as the “world’s finest love dolls expertly handcrafted in the U.S.A.” — is creating a “Harmony Artificial Intelligence” model that will allow users to program personality based on 12 traits, from shyness to wit, as well as to customize looks, down to freckles. Realdoll also intends to offer a male robotic version (and currently has male sex dolls). The robotic dolls will be controlled via an app, paid for by subscription.

The app could be ready before summer, and a robotic head is planned for completion by the end of the year, reports Digital Trends.

“People may become obsessed by their ever faithful, ever pleasing sex robot lovers,” an expert warned.

It seems like scientists have been working tirelessly this year to reduce human interaction in almost everything we do, from pizza delivery to Uber rides, and now even realistic sex machines aren’t far from becoming a reality. But unfortunately experts in the robosex industry have some fears that banging bots will be so good that it’ll ruin people’s lives, the Daily Star reports.

Robotics experts and sex therapists are worried that a future of Ex Machina–style humanoid fuckbots ready and willing to dote on our every need could turn the masses into sex-addicted maniacs—people may find it difficult to stop taking part in the high-tech carnal pleasure palace and actually detach from the dolls.

“Sexbots would always be available and could never say no, so addictions would be easy to feed,” Joel Snell, a research fellow at Kirkwood College, told the Daily Star. “People may become obsessed by their ever faithful, ever pleasing sex robot lovers. People will rearrange their lives to accommodate their addictions.”

It seems a little far out to imagine that sticking your junk into an incredibly elaborate masturbation machine will actually be detrimental to society on a large scale, but Snell might have a point.

“Robotic sex may become better than human sex,” he added. “Like many other technologies that have replaced human endeavors, robots could surpass human technique.”

As Sexbot Technology Advances, Ethical And Legal Questions Linger

Back in the 80s there was a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who confessed to a professor that he hadn’t quite figured out “this sex thing,” and preferred to spend time on his computer rather than with girls. For “Anthony,” computers were safer and made more sense; romantic relationships, he said, usually led to him “getting burned in some way.”

Years later, Anthony’s story made a big impression on David Levy, an expert in artificial intelligence, who was amazed that someone as educated as Anthony was developing an emotional attachment to his computer so long ago. Levy decided he wanted to give guys like Anthony a social and sexual alternative to real girls. The answer, he thinks, is sexbots. And he’s not talking about some blow-up doll that doesn’t talk.

Levy predicts that a lot of us, mostly but not exclusively shy guys like Anthony, will be having sex with robots sometime around the 2040s. By then, he says, robots will be so hot, human-like and mind-blowing under the sheets that a lot of people will find them sexually enjoyable. What’s more, Levy believes they will be able to engage and communicate with people in a meaningful, emotional way, so that guys like Anthony won’t need to worry about real girls if they don’t want to.

To give a robot the ability to communicate and provide the kind of emotional satisfaction someone would normally get from a human partner, Levy is improving an award-winning chat program called Do-Much-More that he built a few years ago. His aim is for it to become “a girlfriend or boyfriend chatbot that will be able to conduct amorous conversations with a user,” he told The WorldPost. “I’m trying to simulate the kind of conversation that two lovers might have.”

Levy admits that “this won’t come about instantly.” Eventually he wants his advanced conversation software embedded in a sexbot so that it becomes more than just a sexual plaything — a companion, perhaps. But it won’t be for everyone. “I don’t believe that human-robot relationships are going to replace human-human relationships,” he said.

There will be people, however, Levy said, people like Anthony maybe, for whom a sexbot holds a strong appeal. “I’m hoping to help people,” he said, then elaborated: 

People ask me the question, ‘Why is a relationship with a robot better than a relationship with a human?’ And I don’t think that’s the point at all. For millions of people in the world, they can’t make a good relationship with other humans. For them the question is not, ‘Why is a relationship with a robot better?’ For them the question is, would it be better to have a relationship with a robot or no relationship at all?

The future looks bright if you’re into relationships with robots and computers.

Neil McArthur, a professor of philosophy and ethics at the University of Manitoba in Canada, imagines that in 10 to 15 years, “we will have something for which there is great consumer demand and that people are willing to say is a very good and enjoyable sexbot.”

For now, the closest thing we have to a genuine sexbot is the RealDoll. A RealDoll is the most advanced sex doll in the world — a sculpted “work of art,” in the words of Matt McMullen, the founder of the company, Abyss Creations, that makes them. For a few thousand dollars a pop, customers can customize the doll’s hair color, skin tone, eyes, clothing and genitalia (removable, exchangeable, flaccid, hard) — and then wait patiently for a coffin-sized box to arrive in the mail. For some people, that box contains a sexual plaything and an emotional companion that is preferable to a human partner.

“The goal, the fantasy, is to bring her to life,” McMullen told Vanity Fair.

Others already prefer virtual “people” to living humans as emotional partners. Love Plus is a hugely popular game in Japan that is played on a smartphone or Nintendo. Players take imaginary girls on dates, “kiss” them, buy them birthday cakes. 

“Well, you know, all I want is someone to say good morning to in the morning and someone to say goodnight to at night,” said one gamer who has been dating one of the imaginary girls for years, according to TIME Magazine.

And there’s Invisible Girlfriend and Invisible Boyfriend, apps that connects you with a real, paid human who will text you so that you can prove you have a girlfriend or boyfriend to nosy relatives or disbelieving buddies. At least one user, a culture critic for the Washington Post, confessed she might actually being in love with the person on the other side who, remember, is being paid to satisfy customers’ desires. They’d never even met.

McArthur and others suspect that there might be people for whom a sexbot is no mere toy but a way to access something — sex — that for one reason or another was previously unattainable.

When it comes to the disabled, McArthur explained, there are two barriers to sexual activity: an external — “they’re not seen as valuable sexual partners” — and an internal anxiety. “Sexbots can give them access to partners. And they are sort of a gateway as well: disabled people could use a sexbot to build confidence and to build a sense of sexuality.”

“When it comes to sex,” he concluded, “more is better.”

But there are undoubtedly downsides and critics.

“It’s a new and emerging technology, but let’s nip in the bud,” Kathleen Richardson, a senior research fellow in the ethics of robotics at De Montfort University in England, told the Washington Post. Richardson released a paper this month titled “The Asymmetrical ‘Relationship’: Parallels Between Prostitution and the Development of Sex Robots.”

“I propose that extending relations of prostitution into machines is neither ethical, nor is it safe,” the paper reads.

And the ethical questions extend beyond machine “prostitution.” RealDoll, the sex doll company, refuses to make child-like dolls or animals. But what if another company does?

“It’s really a legal, moral, societal debate that we need to have about these systems,” said Matthias Scheutz, the director of the human-robot interaction laboratory at Tufts University. “We as a society need to discuss these questions before these products are out there. Because right now, we aren’t.” 

If, in the privacy of your own home, you want to have sex with a doll or robot that looks like a 10-year-old boy or virtual children in porn apps, is that wrong? In most though not all countries in the world, it’s illegal to possess child pornography, including when it portrays a virtual person that is “indistinguishable” from a real minor. But some artistic representations of naked children are legal even in the U.S. Is a sexbot art? Is what a person does to a sexbot, no matter what it looks like, a legal question?

Furthermore, the link between viewing child pornography and child abuse crimes is unclear. Studies have been done on people incarcerated for those crimes that found that child pornography fueled the desire to abuse a real child. But another study on self-identified “boy-attracted pedosexual males” found that viewing child pornography acted as a substitute for sexual molestation.

“I think the jury is out on that,” said McArthur. “It depends on an empirical question: Do you think that giving people access to satisfaction of that kind is going to stimulate them to move on to actual contact crimes, or do you think it will provide a release valve?”

Scheutz explained: “People will build all sorts of things. Some people have made arguments that for people who otherwise would be sex offenders, maybe a child-like robot would be a therapeutic thing. Or it could have exactly the opposite effect.”

McArthur is most worried about how sexbots will impact perceptions about gender, body image and human sexual behavior. Sexbots will “promote unattainable body ideals,” he said. Furthermore, “you just aren’t going to make a robot that has a complicated personality and isn’t always in the mood. That’s going to promote a sense that, well, women should be more like an idealized robot personality that is a pliant, sexualized being.”

As sexbots become more popular and better at what they’re built to do, these questions will become more and more important. We, as a society and a species, are opening a door to a new world of sex. Social taboos will be challenged; legal questions will be raised.

And there might be more people — maybe people like Anthony — who realize they don’t need to suffer through a relationship with a human if they don’t want to because a robot provides for their emotional and sexual needs without thinking, contradicting, saying no or asking for much in return.

Lifelike child sex dolls created to ‘stop paedophiles committing crimes’

The dolls were designed by a man who admitted he is sexually attracted to children – and wanted to help others control their urges

A company is manufacturing sex dolls for paedophiles who want to control their sexual impulses.

And the founder says that they may well be a valuable weapon in the fight against the sexual abuse of real children.

Shin Takagi has founded Trottla, a company which produces anatomically-correct imitations of girls, with ages as young as five.

And the reaction from the general public has been one of outrage.

Commenter Macdaddypastyman said: “Surely this can’t be healthy and it’s not a massive step for some sicko who has been practising on a doll to snatch a kid and try it for real.”

On Twitter, Omnipotent I Am said: “This is basically saying its ok if it’s a doll, problem is, what happens when they want a real child?”

User Koko added: “That kind of behavior should not be encouraged or assisted. People who are sexually attracted to children are SICK.”

The company has been going for a decade, and has clients all over the world.

But Takagi said they are a tool for those who, like him, struggle with an ongoing sexual attraction towards children.

He said: “We should accept that there is no way to change someone’s fetishes.

“I am helping people express their desires, legally and ethically. It’s not worth living if you have to live with repressed desire.”

There are currently treatments which are used for paedophiles, including cognitive-behavioural therapy and chemical castration, along with other interventions intended to suppress urges.

But although they are used widely, a meta-analysis by the Mayo Clinic concluded such treatments “do not change the pedophile’s basic sexual orientation toward children”.

According to Takagi, his dolls save children from sexual abuse, and his clients – mostly men living alone – write and thank him for that service.

“I often receive letters from buyers. The letters say, ‘Thanks to your dolls, I can keep from committing a crime.’”

He told The Atlantic that these correspondents include doctors, prep school teachers and even celebrities

Michael Seto, a psychologist and sexologist at the University of Toronto, told The Atlantic that there are two different types of paedophile.

“For some, access to artificial child pornography or to child sex dolls could be a safer outlet for their sexual urges, reducing the likelihood that they would seek out child pornography or sex with real children.

“For others, having these substitutes might only aggravate their sense of frustration.”

Japan men find true love with sex dolls

TOKYO, Japan – When the spark went out of Masayuki Ozaki’s marriage, he found an unusual outlet to plug the romantic void — a silicone sex doll he swears is the love of his life.

The life-size dummy, called Mayu, shares his bed under the same roof as Ozaki’s wife and teenage daughter in Tokyo, an arrangement that triggered angry rows before a delicate truce was finally declared.

“After my wife gave birth we stopped having sex and I felt a deep sense of loneliness,” the 45-year-old physiotherapist told AFP in an interview.

“But the moment I saw Mayu in the showroom, it was love at first sight,” blushed Ozaki, who takes his doll on dates in a wheelchair and dresses her in wigs, sexy clothes and jewellery.

“My wife was furious when I first brought Mayu home. These days she puts up with it, reluctantly,” he added. 

“When my daughter realised it wasn’t a giant Barbie doll, she freaked out and said it was gross — but now she’s old enough to share Mayu’s clothes.”

Ozaki is one of an increasing number of Japanese men turning to rubber romance in a country that’s lost its mojo.

He also admits to being turned off by human relationships.

“Japanese women are cold-hearted,” he said while on a seaside stroll with his silicone squeeze.

“They’re very selfish. Men want someone to listen to them without grumbling when they get home from work,” Ozaki added.

“Whatever problems I have, Mayu is always there waiting for me. I love her to bits and want to be with her forever. 

“I can’t imagine going back to a human being. I want to be buried with her and take her to heaven.”

Removable head

Around 2,000 of the life-like dolls — which cost from $6,000 and come with adjustable fingers, removable head and genitals — are sold each year in Japan, according to industry insiders.

“Technology has come a long way since those nasty inflatable dolls in the 1970s,” noted Hideo Tsuchiya, managing director of doll maker Orient Industry.

“They look incredibly real now and it feels like you’re touching human skin. More men are buying them because they feel they can actually communicate with the dolls,” he explained.

Popular with disabled customers and widowers, as well as mannequin fetishists, some men use dolls to avoid heartache.

“Human beings are so demanding,” insisted 62-year-old Senji Nakajima, who tenderly bathes his rubber girlfriend Saori, has framed photos of her on his wall and even takes her skiing and surfing. 

“People always want something from you — like money or commitment,” he complained.

“My heart flutters when I come home to Saori,” added the married father-of-two as he picnicked with his plastic partner. 

“She never betrays me, she makes my worries melt away.”

Nakajima’s relationship with Saori has divided his family, but the Tokyo-born businessman refuses to give her up.

“My son accepts it, my daughter can’t,” said Nakajima, whose wife has banned Saori from the family home. 

“I’ll never date a real woman again — they’re heartless,” he insisted back at his cluttered Tokyo apartment, sandwiched between two dolls from previous dalliances and a headless rubber torso.

Reconciliation with his estranged wife is unlikely, admits Nakajima.

“I wouldn’t be able to take a bath with Saori, or snuggle up with her and watch TV,” he said, slipping the doll into some racy purple lingerie. 

“I don’t want to destroy what I have with her.”

‘To me, she’s human’

While the pillow talk is decidedly one-way, Nakajima believes he has discovered true love, saying: “I’d never cheat on her, even with a prostitute, because to me she’s human.”

As Japan struggles with a plummeting birthrate, a growing number of men — known as ‘herbivores’ — are turning their backs on love and traditional masculine values for a quiet, uncompetitive life. 

“In the future I think more and more guys will choose relationships with dolls,” said Yoshitaka Hyodo, whose home is an Aladdin’s Cave of dolls, kitsch toys and Japanese erotica.

“It’s less stress and they complain a lot less than women,” he added.

Hyodo, a military buff who lives alone but has an understanding girlfriend, owns more than 10 life-size dummies — many of which he dresses in combat uniform to play out wartime fantasies.

But he claims to have cut down on doll sex.

“It’s more about connecting on an emotional level for me now,” said the 43-year-old blogger, whose curiosity was piqued at a young age when he found a charred mannequin in the street.

“People might think I’m weird, but it’s no different than collecting sports cars. I don’t know how much I’ve spent but it’s cheaper than a Lamborghini,” he said.

Future doll users can expect more bang for their buck as researchers work to develop next-generation sexbots able to talk, laugh and even simulate an orgasm.

But for now, Ozaki’s long-suffering wife Riho tries hard to ignore the rubber temptress silently taunting her from her husband’s bedroom.

“I just get on with the housework,” she sniffed.

“I make the dinner, I clean, I do the washing. I choose sleep over sex.”

BEIJING – China has shared bikes, umbrellas, and basketballs, but one company is taking the country’s love affair with the “sharing economy” to an erotic extreme with a line of rentable sex dolls.

Touch, a Chinese sex-products retailer, on Thursday launched its “Shared Girlfriend” service in Beijing, featuring Chinese, Russian, Korean, and Hong Kong versions, as well as an Amazon-like “Wonder Woman” who comes armed with sword and shield.

Like many of China’s pioneering shared-economy products, the life-sized silicon seductresses are reserved via a phone app for up to a week a time. 

Touch, which is based in the southeastern city of Xiamen, then delivers them to customers who can also pre-select different clothing outfits and hair styles, plus accoutrements like handcuffs and whips.

Clients can even have their date “warmed up” before delivery and, for an extra fee, have them equipped with a device that voices various sounds when man-handled.

They are available for short-term companionship starting at 298 yuan ($45) per night, but users must first transfer an 8,000 yuan ($1,220) deposit that is refunded afterward.

Touch touts the dolls as feeling like “real humans”.

“They have perfect bodies, are totally submissive and can meet the needs of the single home boy,” a company statement said.

“With one touch of a key, you are no longer single!”

The company said “Shared Girlfriends” will help address the needs of the country’s millions of men who are unable to find spouses due to a nationwide gender imbalance.

The dolls also can serve as companions for men separated from their spouses due to work or other reasons, it said.

To address the obvious concerns about hygiene, the company allows users to detach the doll’s lower half, to be kept for the next use, when a new top half will be delivered.

Touch said after a trial in Beijing it plans to launch the service nationwide.

Led by millions of shareable bikes on Chinese city streets, and backed by a torrent of speculative venture capital, China has gone sharing mad with everything from treadmills to karaoke booths available for short-term rent at the tap of a smartphone.

Sex dolls have definitely come a long way, baby.

Once they were flat-faced blow-up dolls better suited as flotation devices in wading pools.

Now high end versions can sell for nearly $10,000 and look incredibly lifelike, as a new exhibit at a Tokyo art gallery demonstrates.

“The best sex dolls are a modern day work of art,” says the owner of one of China’s biggest manufacturers of silicone dolls. “She can satisfy our heart’s most tender dreams and desires.”

Thousands of excruciatingly horny men throughout China are buying silicone models of women. To have and to hold. And to fuck. But these aren’t your entry-level women replicas—these are $3,000 worth of thermoplastic elastomer. They come in many brands: MICDOLL, HITDOLL, and more. It’s a revolution that is apparently sweeping the country at precisely the same time men are reportedly struggling to get it up with actual human beings.

In a country that supplies 70 percent of the world’s sex toys, and has a burgeoning middle class with more freedom and cash than ever before, it’s no surprise that people are getting their jollies in more experimental ways. Porn is a national offense, and the creator of the nation’s largest porn site is serving life in prison. Despite this, the sex-toy industry is worth roughly $2 billion in China, because love will always win.

Nevertheless, I had a lot of questions: What’s so special about these dolls in particular? Why go to the financial and personal extremes of purchasing a soulless woman-puppet?

With the help of a translator, I spoke directly to MICDOLL owner Zang Han. “Current users of these sex dolls do so for the following three main reasons,” Zang says. “First, to satisfy a physiological need. Second, to take photos with and share with others. Third, cosplay.”

Why, then, has there been a sudden boom in their popularity? MICDOLL have recently launched a ” Road to the US” range, supposedly to foster international, er, love. These appear to have far more realistic replications of the vagina. “These dolls have an external appearance much like real people, and they can move very much like real people,” says Zang Han. “The best sex dolls are a modern-day work of art. In the same way that a young woman can have a beautiful Western face, so can a lifelike sex doll. She can satisfy our heart’s most tender dreams and desires.”

“The current sex dolls are fully waterproof,” says Zang Han. “You can wash them in the bathroom just like you would wash a real person.” And, yeah, you can remove their head and genitals, too, if you’re feeling creative. But I’m not here to judge. If having sex with a headless doll is your thing, then all power to you, my friend. Functionally, this is most likely to ease cleaning, but I can’t help imagining rows office workers with hundreds of plastic vaginas in their backpacks.

Another brand is HITDOLL, which is even more sophisticated. These dolls have their own temperatures (98.6 degrees, thanks), a “metal skeleton,” and a “real sex voice,” so you know she’s not faking it. Their website urges you not to use the doll when it’s heating, which is presumably because it’ll melt your junk. There’s quite an extensive care Q&A provided, complete with handy advice on washing the anus—”directly.” In other words, unlike the head and the vagina, if you do your business in the ass then you’re going to have to clean it the hard way. And, yes, HITDOLL allows you to create a doll with your own face on it.

“The reality is, lifelike sex dolls are a hobby or interest, not unlike skateboarding or photography,” Zang tells me.

This is echoed in an interview with the Japan Times by doll enthusiast Liu. When asked if he would consider the less expensive blow-up alternative, he responded: “No way [he’d] have sex with that kind of cheap plastic.” His disgust was quite palpable at the mere suggestion he’d swing his wang anywhere beside his wife or doll 156, his personalized, lifeless doorway into all his sexual desires. This makes sense: If you’re a beer fan, you’re not going to drink Hamm’s when you can get a Sierra Nevada, are you?

“I have a workshop,” Zhang Han says, “where I design the newest and most advanced sex dolls. In my opinion, the next generation of sex dolls will on the one hand use the most cutting-edge materials and technology, and on the other give the impression of being even more true to life. Another area we are putting a lot of effort into is developing the capability to interact.”

I still had questions.

In a country where the cost of one doll is roughly twice the average salary in Shanghai (the nation’s highest) and the primary function is sex, which can be provided by the free resource known as your hand, what’s the point of all this effort?

As Zang had warned me, it’s not all about sex. Sex is only a part of it. After a week of delving into the darkest corners of Mandarin Google, I discovered that there are many options for the Chinese doll lover, provided you speak Mandarin and can afford to spend far more than your monthly salary on items like wigs and dresses.

There’s a community growing online, such as this forum, where people go to chat about anything from how to make a plaster cast of your model’s face to lean your phone against or buy someone’s used doll. Here’s a short and charming tale of one man taking his doll to the office, to the bar and, eventually, to the bath. Here’s one where a guy, tongue-firmly-in-cheek, talks about how the film My Fair Lady changed his life—now, with his two dolls, he can watch as much porn as he wants without a woman nagging him. Good on him, right?

Not exactly.

Going back to what Zang said, that these dolls can “satisfy the heart’s most tender dreams and desires,” I began to wonder if he was perhaps living on Cloud 9. In 2013, it was reported that 50 percent of the male population of China abuse their partners, and 20 percent admitted to forcing them to have sex. And here was a growing community of men who were actively opting to spend money on a doll rather than their family.

“Liu” from the Japan Times article makes the pretty threatening comments that “the only way” a doll is “better” than a woman is that a doll “won’t resist, so people can do whatever they want with it.” All this implies the presence of a fourth reason to buy these dolls: to extinguish much darker feelings. I managed to have a very brief chat with one user who wished to remain anonymous, who told me that he’s “away from home for sometimes ten to 12 days in a row,” and that he “keeps his doll in the city to stop him feeling alone.”

But was he happy with his purchase?

“Very much so. It is better than sleeping with a woman who is not my wife. And I can do what I want.”

A few days later I spoke with another user and creator named Chen Lichao. “I have studied all the first-class high-end dolls around the world and some of the less good ones,” he tells me. “And, from this research, I developed the best dolls available myself. One is the most realistic looking but inside the skeleton has some limitations, so it’s not very fit for hot sex; the other is very hot in bed, soft as a real woman when she’s lost control. I love both. Anatomically correct high-end dolls are the only choice, because my desire is not a doll, but a sex daydream that I can’t enact in real life,” he says.

What this all means is that these dolls open the door toward a much larger social issue, which began in 1980 with the enactment of the infamous one-child policy. Initiated in order to stem the consumption of natural water and food, it’s had the worrying effect of engendering people to not to want to bang—in case they conceive. At the end of the 80s, 84 percent of newlyweds in China were virgins.

Add to this that China’s male-to-female ratio is drastically slanted toward male (at a ratio of 116 to 100), meaning that there literally aren’t many other fish in the sea, so to speak. There are, potentially, a lot of frustrated men in China.

Playing the game of numbers here, imagine that, in ten years, China’s population of 1.357 billion is divided precisely down that ratio and then, one day, for no reason whatsoever, other than to satisfy my desire to illustrate a point, China stages the world’s greatest matchmaking game of all time where every woman is partnered with every man.

Of course, this would never happen for a multitude of reasons, like age, sexual orientation, and not to mention, the large economic cost of doing something so idiotic but, in the interest of science, let’s imagine that’s exactly what happened.

Put the sex-doll away and get the lube on ice because everyone’s getting laid, yeah? Wrong. That’s not how life works. Some 100,526,500 men would be left to their own devices with nothing but their hands for company. That’s 100 million men scratching their ass and watching TV in their boxers. A hundred million men on the busiest pub dance floor ever conceived. Two hundred million sets of blue balls. Porn sales would go through the roof. There would be a worldwide tissue shortage; deforestation would increase a rapid rate. Global warming would triple in rate. Package brides to China would become a legitimate career path for women across the world. World War III would start—with women, rather than water, being the coveted resource.

If that sounds frightening to you—and it should—then luckily, this is just a game, so relax. It’s not real. The balls are currently satiated. They are not coming for you. But the point is: These sex dolls actually serve a social function in China. If the gender imbalance continues to widen, then the prevalence of these sex goods certainly helps to defer the social, political, and sexual issues. Far better for the male population of China to make sweet love to a plastic doll than cause an international crisis.

There’s a group of people who rely on their dolls for much more than sex. VICE talked to some doll lovers about life with their silicone partners.

Whether your Valentine’s Day was good or bad probably had something to do with whether your partner lived up to expectations. Every relationship has that issue to some degree, but there is a group of men who have taken unpredictability out of the picture. They’re the guys who date sex dolls.

Sex dolls are generally held to be dead-eyed female mockeries, and the men who use them are assumed to be lonely perverts pounding away at plastic orifices. But The Doll Forum, an online community home to over 18,000 members, presents a different view of doll owners—or “Doll Lovers” as they preferred to be called. For them it’s less about sex and more about companionship. They’re people who prefer the dolls for reasons ranging from social anxieties to simply feeling they’re a partner they can really rely on.

A poll conducted on The Doll Forum showed that 50 percent of dolls were bought for non-sexual reasons, with seven percent saying it was just to cuddle and sleep with them, and 11 percent admitting they prefer dolls as a replacement for a human.

“My two girls go to bed with me at night and I wake up to them in the morning,” doll-owner Lemm told VICE. “When I come home they’re both there, sitting and smiling, waiting for me patiently. There’s no drama or pain, only nurturing and acceptance.”

Lemm felt his relationship with the two dolls Nunoko Hara and Kylie Sutula originated from childhood trauma. “I was that fat kid in the neighbourhood, and was made fun of,” he explained. “Instead of lashing out at people, I became really introverted. I began creating a world of imaginary friends to keep me company, and I suppose this is why I’m enamoured by human replicas”.

Nunoko is an Akiko plush model with a “wild side”, while Kylii is a 65-pound “Private Island Beauty” who Lemm confided is a homage to his ex wife. “She is very special to me, because she represents a salvaged image of her. I blame myself for the destruction of that marriage, I was foolish and careless.”

Among the men VICE spoke to, a prevalent theme was using dolls to replicate human presence. One doll-owner who called himself Mandy said he doesn’t even think of his two girls as sex dolls, but more as “adult daughters” instead – a substitute family. “I would like to have a human companion,” he admitted, “but I find dating too stressful. I’m impotent with prostate issues, and if I marry I’ll lose retirement benefits—telling that to a real woman won’t go down well.”

These life-sized women aren’t just aids to masturbation, but also to loneliness. Many men come home and talk to their dolls, enjoy their companionship and admit to having a real emotional kinship with them.

Puma Uma – owner of a doll he calls Maria – said that while he’s fully aware she isn’t a real person, her presence is therapeutic and makes him happy. “It’s like when a husband has his wife and kids come home, you know, I have that; I have someone at home”. Puma Uma confided the days he spends with Maria were usually some of his best – spending time dressing her in outfits, cuddling on the couch and maybe watching a movie together. “It’s that fantasy, you know, of having that kind of girlfriend. I’ve never had that experience”.

Similar to the other men, Puma Uma’s situation stems from complications growing up. “I’ve had a lot of anxiety in my life, and its difficult with real women,” he said. “I had a breakdown a while ago, and have had Maria for about a month and it’s been fun. It’s like a middle ground – you have someone, but you know you really don’t”.

Dr. Gabriel Rusu, a Melbourne-based psychologist told VICE that despite the unusual nature of these human-doll relationships, he would not dissuade them if they were content.

“Who am I to say what is right? In my profession, I go with what the patient needs,” Dr Rusu explained. “I go with whether they are disturbed or bothered by their habits. Guiding by my own personal judgment is not necessarily good in my profession.”

Sex dolls are realistically never going to be viewed as a totally acceptable form of sexual and emotional expression, and enthusiasts do accept this. When asked about the stereotypes surrounding the dolls, Puma Uma said the “bad reputation” given to doll owners was to demean them. “People call us perverts, freaks, sex addicts or rapists,” he said. “But people have dolls for different reasons, and just because you don’t understand why, doesn’t mean you can judge us”.

The city of love’s first sex doll brothel could be heading for a not-so-happy ending as Paris counselors call for the secretive business to be closed.

According to their website, Xdolls in Paris offers an hour with one of their sex dolls for €89 ($110) or €120 ($148) for couples. reported that the business has three dolls available and resides at an unknown location only revealed once a customer has paid for a session.

Xdolls is registered as a “games center,” Le Parisien reported. Brothels are illegal in France and prostitution was made illegal in 2016. 

Communist party members in Paris’ council tabled a motion that would brand Xdolls as a brothel and call for its closure. The party’s leader, Pierre Laurent, also noted that the dolls can sometimes resemble children.

The dolls in Xdolls are a little less than 5 feet tall.

The controversial establishment has not drawn the ire of its neighbors, who are generally unaware of its existence, Le Parisien reported. When police recently visited to check whether there was any public disorder stemming from the business, they found none.

Xdolls’ manager Joaquim Lousquy even quipped to the newspaper that “the policeman was very nice.” Lousquy opened Xdolls on February 1 with three of the expensive silicon models, though his business ambitions may be coming to a fast ending.

Parisian feminists have also set their sights on its closure. Quoted by The Telegraph, Lorraine Questiaux of the feminist Mouvement du Nid described Xdolls as “a place that makes money from simulating the rape of a woman,” adding that “86,000 women are raped in France every year.”

“You never have to ask a doll if she’s having a good time—I only have to think about my own needs.”

Bordoll stands between a semi-detached house and a metal workshop in a quiet corner of south Dortmund, Germany. The unassuming red-bricked shop doesn’t draw too much attention to itself—the sign on the door is small, and black foil covers the windows. But behind that, you’ll find Germany’s latest sexual innovation—the country’s first sex-doll brothel.

Evelyn Schwarz, 29, is Bordoll’s founder and madam. For the past three years, the venue has operated as a regular neighborhood brothel and BDSM studio. But since April 2017, the site started offering clients the option of having sex with one of 11 silicon sex dolls—charging $60 for 30 minutes and $90 for an hour.

Human-size sex-toy enthusiasts can choose between 70 such brothels in Japan, while the first of its kind in Europe opened in Barcelona in March 2017. From a management perspective alone, Schwarz was eager to bring the concept to Germany. “The dolls are ideal employees,” she tells me as we step inside. “They’re always here because they’re never sick, they always look good, and they offer all three holes with no complaints or extra charges.”

But who pays to have sex with a doll? “We get a huge range of people,” she explains. “From 18- to 80-year-olds, from unemployed people to prominent judges.” Schwarz estimates that 30 percent of guests just want to experience what it’s like to have sex with a doll, while 70 percent become regular customers. Some of Schwarz’s clients travel for miles just for the experience—something she puts down to the quality of her dolls.

“These are Next Top Model standard girls,” she boasts. “Most guys would be too intimated to approach a real woman if she looked this good.”

While giving me a tour of the brothel, Schwartz points out that many of her clients like the dolls because they’re not sentient. “Many of our guests see it as an opportunity to freely try out things they’ve seen happen in porn,” she says. Some of her customers, she suspects, have never had sex with a woman, because “they are shy, almost afraid of women.” For other men, it offers an alternative. “Their wives or girlfriends have their own needs, while a prostitute in a brothel has limits on what they will and won’t do, sexually,” she explains. “But our dolls do everything they want, in any position they like.”

She tells me one of her clients once explained it to her directly. “He said: ‘I know what I am doing here is bizarre and creepy. But normally when you want to have sex, you have to consider the other person. You never have to ask the doll if she’s having a good time—I only have to think about my own needs.'”

In the lobby, it smells like cigarettes and the air freshener used to mask that smell. There are two black leather sofas, a chair, and a flat-screen television showing a porn flick. In the next room, you can hear the moans of a sex worker and her customer—a sudden reminder that this brothel also still caters to customers who prefer women to dolls.

In the initial test phase, the dolls could only be booked on Sundays. But soon, the demand was so high that Schwarz had to dedicate six full-time rooms to her new venture, and received glowing reviews of the experience on the brothel’s website. “I had big expectations that were completely surpassed. I had tons of fun, and the time went by quickly. I was destroyed afterward,” one happy customer wrote—though he goes on to mention that “Naomi is really heavy and her joints were still a little stiff.” Another described how having sex with his doll was “95 percent” like sleeping with a real woman.

On display in the lobby is Sabrina—her fake lips painted red and eyelashes stuck above her plastic brown eyes. Her online product bio lists her specifications as: “Vagina: 18cm; Anus: 16cm; Oral: 13cm; No pubic hair.” Schwarz paid around $2,300 for Sabrina. “Try it,” she demands. “They bend relatively well.” Sabrina’s boobs feel like overripe tomatoes, though her nipples feel more authentic. Her silicone skin sticks to my hand like raw cookie dough.

“Anna is the star of the team,” says Andrea, who helps Schwarz run the brothel. “Everyone requests her.” The 55-year-old points to the five-foot-one, blond, and blue-eyed doll on the opposite sofa. “The first Anna had her backbone broken,” Schwarz adds. “That’s actually Anna number two.”

Today, Andrea is working the morning shift—answering phones, greeting guests, cleaning rooms, and preparing the dolls for customers. Preparation involves taking a used doll out of the room and disinfecting it. After that, she combs the doll’s hair and dresses it in lingerie and nylon stockings. Andrea doesn’t want to get into the details of the cleaning process, which can take up to 30 minutes. They’re top secret tricks of the trade, she tells me.

As we walk around, and while Andrea inspects the dolls, it becomes harder to ignore one glaring, slightly worrying feature of these sex toys—their childlike faces and features.

“The dolls are all very womanly,” Andrea pushes back when I ask if she’s comfortable with customers being attracted to something that looks so young. “They have butts, hips, and big boobs. There is nothing childlike about them.”

Nevertheless, the brothel caters to clients with a “classroom sex fetish.” One room is kitted out with school desks and a blackboard. But Andrea is adamant that the venue merely offers an alternative, safe space for people to act out their fantasies.

Before I’m about to leave, a new customer comes in. Andrea greets the man warmly and hands over his doll of choice, which he had pre-booked online. “Isn’t she pretty?” she asks. He nods in agreement. In his room, he’ll find a selection of porn, a variety of sex toys, condoms, and lube. Lube is mandatory—it’s house policy to protect the dolls from tearing. There’s also a ban on biting or scratching the dolls.

That’s about as far as the rules stretch. Most people leave the dolls in good, working order, Schwarz tells me. One man, however, quite literally penetrated one of the silicone ladies.

“He created a second asshole,” Schwarz laughs, lighting a cigarette she’s taken from a silver case with a portrait of Che Guevara on it. As a teenager, during a “short-lived pseudo-punk phase” she had a thing for Guevara, she tells me. “It probably had something to do with the way that I do my own thing no matter what people say, like he did too,” she says. “So many people in the industry laughed at me when I first introduced the dolls. But nobody is laughing now.”

Venus Fair Berlin 2018

Berlin Venus Fair

What an event! Our gorgeous Sex Dolls were a huge success.

“A picture is worth a thousand words”. Enjoy the visuals

Shanghaï expo 2018

Shanghai expo 2018

We were there!

All visitors adored our exquisite dolls.
Proud to have received the “ASIAN ADULT EXPO” award!
A crazy weekend it was !



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