Agalmatophilia is a paraphilia that refers to a love of inanimate and immobile objects such as statues or mannequins.
Agalmatophilia roughly translate from the Greek meaning “Statue Love” and refers to individuals who feel a strong attraction to statues, mannequins, dolls or other inanimate objects that are made to resemble human beings. The attraction can be non-sexual, but this is often not the case. One of the first modern recordings of this paraphilia was in 1877 in a clinical study that described a man who fell in love with a Venus de Milo statue and was caught as he tried to have sex with it.
Agalmatophilia is often combined into rubber and leather fetishes by people who dress themselves up and pretend to be leather or rubber dolls, remaining immobile and inactive for the stimulation of themselves and others.
In Popular Culture
Agalmatophilia has been referenced in a number of films and books, including the 200 movie The Cell, which revolves around a serial killer with the condition who turns all of his victims into dolls before masturbating next to them.
- See list of paraphilias.