Objectophilia: women who marry bridges

Objectophilia
Photo: Christian Schallert

The person in the above photo is Jodi Rose, an Australian artist who creates music by recording the vibrations of the stay cables of suspension bridges worldwide. The white dress is for her marriage to «the perfect husband: sturdy, trustworthy, sensual, kind and handsome» – her words. And if you take another look at the picture you will see the groom too: it’s the one wearing the giant ring.
Yup, the Pont du diable near the French town of Saint-Jean-de-Fos is the latest inanimate object to be married to human spouses – the natural outcome of a rare form of fetishism called ‘objectophilia’. Other famous weddings involved the Eiffel Tower (2007, after a three-years engagement with American archer Erika LaBrie) and the late Berlin Wall (1979, with Eija-Riitta Berliner-Mauer, whose legal surname is actually ‘Berlin Wall’).

«He understands that I love other bridges — and men — ours is a love that embraces the vagaries of life, as materialized in the swirling currents of the river that flows beneath his magnificent body» said Rose in all seriousness about her apparently “open” relationship. The strange part, in fact, is her mention of human lovers: most objectophiles find the concept of loving another person just as ludicrous as you’d consider marrying a landmark. In other words, this is not an act but a real romantic attraction.
Objectophilia is among the very few known female-only paraphilias, and appears to be a permanent fixation that results in lifetime relationships. «There is longevity in the arch of his back» said the bride. «He has stood for 600 years and he will stand for 600 more».

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