This story seems to be following me around!
I heard it on the radio a couple of weeks ago - then I saw a commercial for the documentary yesterday - and today in the car, I heard more about it on ABC News Radio.
A new (or at least newly named) kind of sexual orientation is the subject of a BBC documentary, premiering in the United States this week.
What is this sexual orientation? It is a sexual attraction toward inanimate objects. A chair, a building, a tea cup or anything else that a person forms a deep emotional and sexual bond with.
Several people are followed and interviewed, as they talk about the love they feel for these objects. One women fell in love with the Eiffel Tower so deeply that she had a commitment ceremony with it and changed her last name to Eiffel. She describes the Eiffel Tower as having "subtle, subtle curves...".
Others have relationships with musical instruments or even the Berlin Wall.
The women who married the Eiffel Tower is photographed, spread out on the Eiffel Tower, and smiling. She's happy.
Some sexual health experts believe that this is a new sexual orientation and is as normal as straight love, gay love or any other kind of love.
Others, especially those who know Mrs. Eiffel personally, believe her to be mentally ill. Erica Eiffel is a world class archer and dated her archery bow. She has also had a relationship with a bridge and won a $250,000 scholarship to the Air Force, and admitted a romantic relationship with an F-15.
She was discharged from the Air Force due to her Objectum Sexual and says she has been ostracized from friends and family. But she says she is happy and hurting no-one.
In studying the small but growing group of Objectum Sexuals, researchers have found the incidence of Asperger's Syndrome or Autism to be quite high. Erica Eiffel does admit she had a very abusive childhood but believe she was born this way. She also believes the Eiffel Tower loves her back.
For more information on this subject, there is an Objectum Sexual website which can be found here : http://www.objectum-sexuality.org/
The BBC documentary I Married the Eiffel Tower airs on BBC America on Thursday this week.
Is this a sexual orientation, just like homo, hetero or bisexuality? Or is this a mental illness like some believe? Others believe it to be mere attention seeking and exhibitionism. What do you think?
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