Objectophilia is the paraphilia of feeling attraction, sexual desire or even love toward inanimate objects – and this does not refer to one’s empty relationship with their spouse.
The subjects of this condition are often feeling deep commitment and devotion toward objects and are defined by being loyal and communicative with these items, devices or things.
“Objectophiles” are known to be advocating that objects and inanimate things also possess souls and feelings, despite of most humans not being aware of them.
Origin of the term
Objectum sexuality is something, that had been long referenced and hinted at in literature and other forms of art, including television series and comic books.
The first presumable “objectophile” comes from the classic novel of Victor Hugo; The Hunchback of Notre Dame, in which the protagonist is described to be rather affectionate towards the bells of the cathedral; loved them, caressed them and understood them.
The term is created from the Latin word obiectum, which literally means “thrown against” and the Greek word –philia which means likes or loves.
Spread of the term
The phenomenon, started to be really talked about in real life after 2007, when Erika Eiffel, formerly Erica LaBrie had married the Eiffel Tower.
She later formed the community, called OS international, which is a collective for all “objectophiles”.
Various mentions of “objectophilia” in popular culture come from How I Met Your Mother, The Addams Family as well as the comic book series V for Vendetta.
- Psychology Today – Intimate and Inanimate
- Hindustan Times – Decoding Objectophilia: 5 reasons why people fall in love with objects
- Wikipedia – Object sexuality