Guys and Real Dolls: a Story of Stunted Emotional Growth, Fear of Rejection, Acute Loneliness and Ne
I – Introduction
In 2007, the BBC produced “Guys and Dolls1”, a groundbreaking documentary about men
who choose to buy life-like dolls (“RealDolls2”) as companions. Based on a 2008 case of
necrophilia in Q uebec 3, the definition provided by Rosman and Resnick
observations gleaned from the documentary, I will endeavour to draw a parallel between
necrophiliacs and men who form attachments to RealDolls. Using as an example three
sex doll owners from the documentary (Everard, Gordon and Davecat), I will show that a
dysfunctional relationship with an overbearing parent (or parents) can stunt a person ’s
emotional growth, causing him or her to have difficulty forming meaningful attachments
with humans out of a fear of rejection and to find solace in anatomically perfect
‘alternative’ partners. I will then argue that media and a culture of male domination also
account for the three men’s unrealistic expectations of women and romantic relationships.
1 Guys and Dolls (BBC Real Doll Documentary), 2007, 50 min.
2 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RealDoll, last checked on 15 December 2012.
3 http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/story/2009/03/17/mtl-proulx-trial-jury -0317.html
4 Rosman, J. P.; Resnick, P. J. (1989). “Sexual attraction to corpses: A psychiatric review of necrophilia”. Bulletin of
the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 17 (2): 153–163. PM ID 2667656.