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Encyclopedia > Statuephilia
A set of erotic statues.
A set of erotic statues.

Statuephilia, also called agalmatophilia, or Pygmalionism after the myth of Pygmalion, is an uncommon sexual fetish or paraphilia that involves sexual attraction to statues or dolls. Image File history File links Greek_sculpture-charites. ... Image File history File links Greek_sculpture-charites. ... // For the Derek Sherinian album, see Mythology (Derek Sherinian album). ... Étienne Maurice Falconet: Pygmalion & Galatee (1763) Pygmalion is a fictional character from the Roman poet Ovid, found in the tenth book of his Metamorphoses. ... Sexual fetishism, first described as such by Sigmund Freud though the concept and certainly the activity is quite ancient, is a form of paraphilia where the object of affection is a specific inanimate object or part of a persons body. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

In its literal sense it means sexual attraction to statues (usually but not exclusively nudes), but the objects of attraction may also be lifelike mannequins or dolls. Clothes free redirects here. ... A pair of mannequins A mannequin (alternately, manikin, mannikin, manakin, dummy, or form) is a life-size, articulated doll mainly used to display clothing. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

Statuephilia also crosses over into transformation fetishism in the form of fantasies about people transformed into any of those objects. For many it is the idea of immobility or loss of control that is arousing rather than an immobile object per se, and so there are also fantasies about mannequin-like paralysis which sometimes cross over into hypnofetishism and robot fetishism (See also: Gynoid). Such fantasies may of course be extended to roleplaying, and the self-coined term used by women who enjoy being transformed appears to be "rubber doll" or "latex doll". Drawing of a transformation scene. ... Per se is a latin phrase used in english arguments. ... Paralysis is the complete loss of muscle function for one or more muscle groups. ... Hypnofetishism is the linking of hypnosis (or other forms of mind control) to sexuality, sometimes known by other names such as erotic hypnosis and erotic mind control. ... Girl dessed as Hajime Sorayamas Sexy Robot. ... It has been suggested that fembot be merged into this article or section. ... Sexual roleplaying is the sexual behavior of playing some kind of character during a sexual encounter, in order to evoke a sexual fantasy in oneself and/or ones partner. ...

Statuephilia has a small but highly devoted internet community. A virtual community or online community is a group of people that primarily or initially communicates or interacts via the Internet. ...

A number of famous art photographers have extensively featured sexualised life-sized dolls in their work, such as: Hans Bellmer, Bernard Faucon, Helmut Newton, Morton Bartlett, Katan Amano, Kishin Shinoyama, and Ryoichi Yoshida. La Poupée, by Hans Bellmer, currently located at the Centre Georges Pompidou, museum of modern art in Paris, France. ... Bernard Faucon (b. ... Helmut Newton portrait on his gravestone. ... Morton Bartlett (1909 – 1992) was an outsider artist. ...

See also

It has been suggested that fembot be merged into this article or section. ... Allen Jones sculptures Hat Stand and Table Sculpture, made in 1969, which show semi-naked women in the roles of furniture, are clear examples of the depiction of the fantasy of sexual objectification. ... Girl dessed as Hajime Sorayamas Sexy Robot. ... A high end sex doll: A RealDoll by Abyss Creations A sex doll is a type of sex toy, imitating a human body for simulated sexual acts. ... Sexual objectification is objectification of a person, that is, seeing them as a sexual object, and emphasizing their sexual attributes and physical attractiveness, while de-emphasizing their existence as a living person with emotions and feelings of their own. ...


  • Scobie A, Taylor J. "Agalmatophilia, the statue syndrome." J Hist Behav Sci. 1975 Jan; 11(1):49-54.
  • White M J. "The Statue Syndrome: Perversion? Fantasy? Anecdote?" "J Sex Res". 1978 Nov; 14(4):246-249.
  • Kenneth Gross. The Dream of the Moving Statue. Cornell University Press. 1992. (A wide-ranging survey of 'living statues' in literature and the arts).
  • Silke Wenk, "Pygmalions Wahlverwandtschaften. Die Rekonstruktion des Schöpfermythos im nachfaschistischen Deutschland" IN: Konstruktionen von Männlichkeit und Weiblichkeit in Kunst und Kunstgeschichte. Berlin, 1989.
  • Elena Dorfman. Still Lovers (2005). ISBN 0-9766708-1-X. (Female art/fashion photographer photographs men and their dolls).
  • Elisabeth Alexandre. Des Poupées et des hommes - enquete sur l'amour Artif. (2005). ISBN 2-84271-252-8 (Book is in French - 'Dolls and Men - Investigation into Artificial Love').
  • Guys and Dolls: Art, Science, Fashion and relationships. Royal Pavilion, Libraries and Museums. (2005). (102-page catalogue of a major exhibition at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, England).

External links

  • "Just Like a Woman" - Salon.com article describing cultural phenomenon of RealDolls
  • "Real Dolls: Love in the Age of Silicone" - original, more detailed version of the Salon article
  • The Technosexuality, Pygmalionist & Mind Control Fetish FAQ 3.0



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