Thanks to Objectum Sexuality, the Statue of Liberty now has a lover, a three foot model the Greek God Adonis has a girlfriend and the Eiffel Tower has a wife, as does the Berlin Wall. What sounds completely bizarre to us is in fact normal to these four women who suffer from the psychological condition that makes them experience romantic feelings towards inanimate objects. Let’s delve a little deeper into their stories of love.
Amanda is a 27-year-old shop assistant from Leeds, and head-over-heels in love with the iconic Statue of Liberty. In her home she has a shrine to the famous landmark, which demonstrates her love. “She is my long-distance lover,” says Amanda. “I am blown away by how stunning she is.” She affectionately refers to the statue as ‘Libby’, and although she would like to be married to it, she says she’s holding herself back in consideration of the many others who might be in love with it too.
Amanda, who confesses to have been in a passionate love affair with a drum when she was younger, fell in love with the Statue of Liberty when she saw a picture online. Since then, she has visited the statue four times, caressing it and even leaning out of a window to kiss it. I wonder what the statue would have to say about this, if it could speak.
The 40-year-old’s object of affection certainly is smaller than Amanda’s, but no more animate. London-based Reighner is in love with a 3-ft model of the Greek God Adonis that she purchased for £395 ($620). The marble statue that heats up with touch has been a part of her life for the past 6 months, and the ‘couple’ is inseparable. Reighner’s stone companion is named Hans, after the Pointer Sister’s song that was playing in the cab when she first brought him home. She now spends hours reading to Hans and keeping him close while she eats dinner and watches TV. But it gets weirder than this, because she also spends time kissing and caressing the statue. In her imagination, they even take walks through meadows or at the seaside. But Reighner won’t marry Hans because she’s not sure she could be faithful to him.
Erika La Tour Eiffel
37-year-old Erika, a former soldier, has not only fallen in love with the Eiffel tower (as you would have guessed by her name), but she’s even married the monument and legally had her last name changed. The intimate ceremony was attended by a handful of friends, in front of whom she pledged to love, honor and obey the tower for as long as she lives. What she’s done seems perfectly natural to her. She says, “I just don’t understand how some people can bring someone into the world like a child – an object – and not love them.” This isn’t the first for Mrs. La Tour Eiffel, she’s been in past affairs with a bow called Lance and also the Berlin Wall. She also claims to have a physical relationship with a piece of fence that she keeps in her bedroom. I’m not sure I really want to know how that works.
Wall Winther is in love with and married to another monument – the Berlin Wall. Born Eija-Riita Eklaf, Wall is also an Objectum-Sexual. She describes the condition as an orientation, similar to hetero or homosexuality. “We see things as living beings,” says Wall. “That’s a must. Otherwise you cannot fall in love with an object.” And it’s not just the Berlin Wall that does it for her, she loves all kinds of constructions with parallel lines – fences, bridges, gates and even a guillotine.
Wall says that when she was a child, she thought that all people looked at objects like she did. As a teenager, she quickly realized that this was not the case. She was just 7 years old when she saw the completed Berlin Wall on TV, and it was love at first sight. “Wow, it’s gorgeous,” she thought, and by the summer of 1979, she was married to it. Of course, the bond is more spiritual than legal.