Been in love? With an object? It’s not as rare as you think
As our world has advanced and expanded, everything has become progressively complicated. Maintaining human contacts, achieving success, sticking to healthy practices, everything is just a tad bit difficult now. As we are venturing more into things, bizarre facts are surfacing every moment. New facts about sexual health are surfacing as well. One of the many such bizarre facts is that some people are sexually attracted to objects. The phenomenon is called “objectophilia” and there is a considerable section of the world population who can be described as objectophiles. Debates among scientists are ongoing on whether this is a medical condition or not.
Those with objectophilia can feel attraction, love, and can even commit to the objects that become their partners. Some of these individuals believe in animism and consider those non-human entities are spiritual beings. They don’t describe themselves as fetishists because they don’t use the objects to enhance their sexual pleasure, the objects are the only thing they desire and they fall in love with them.
Is objectophilia a Paraphilia, a disorder, a sickness? People who claim to have it also say that they couldn’t fall in love with a human being because they don’t feel attracted to them. On the other hand, attraction is not the only thing that defines love and when it comes to other needs like communicating and emotional support it can be really hard to obtain those from an object. Or maybe these people have found a new meaning to unrequited and unconditional love.
Often, a Paraphilia may be necessary for the person who has it to function sexually, despite the fact it may also be a source of significant distress. Paraphilias can lead to personal, social, and career problems, and a person with a Paraphilia may be called “kinky” or “perverted.” The associated behaviuors may also have serious social and legal consequences. The ones like Pedophilia, Voyeurism, Frotteurism are criminal acts in most legislatures. Sexual Sadism and Masochism, too are considered to be a part of Paraphilia.
Having paraphilic fantasies or behaviour, however, does not always mean the person has a mental illness. The fantasies and behaviours can exist in less severe forms that are not dysfunctional in any way, do not impede the development of healthy relationships, do not harm the individual or others, and do not entail criminal offences. They may be limited to fantasy during masturbation or intercourse with a partner.
It is not clear what causes Paraphilia. Some experts believe that it is caused by a childhood trauma, such as sexual abuse. Others suggest that objects or situations can become sexually arousing if they are frequently and repeatedly associated with a pleasurable sexual activity.
Many Paraphilias begin during adolescence and continue into adulthood. The intensity and occurrence of the fantasies associated with Paraphilia vary with the individual, but they usually decrease as the person ages.
Most cases of Paraphilia are treated with counseling and therapy to help the person modify his or her behaviour. Medications may help to decrease the compulsiveness associated with Paraphilia and reduce the number of deviant sexual fantasies and behaviours. To be most effective, treatment for Paraphilia must be provided on a long-term basis. Unwillingness to comply with treatment can hinder its success.