A word a month – Doll
From the dictionary of unusual sex:
Doll – The first known erotic doll dates back to September 1941, when the plastics engineer Franz Tschakert showed to Nazi commander Himmler the prototype of Borghild, an ideal of Nordic beauty modeled on a mix of German female Olympic athletes’ bodies. The project had been initiated by Himmler himself to give his troops a safe alternative to the Parisian prostitutes, who were believed to be carriers of every conceivable sexually transmitted disease. The item never went into production, and we only know that it had an “elastolin” skeleton and its skin was a material called Ipolex, developed by the same company that produced the Zyklon-B gas used in concentration camps.
The face – without the classical surprised expression – was somewhat androgynous, designed to clearly distinguish Borghild from the real “honorable mothers” who awaited the soldiers back home. After the war the idea was revived in the United States with the inflatable dolls of the ‘70s. Although they are still widespread in uncountable models including manga versions, rough reproductions of porn stars and even sheep, their quality is not particularly high, and they are considered more like novelties.
In 1996 the Californian sculptor Matt McCullen launched the >RealDolls, “anatomically perfect” silicone mannequins on a steel skeleton, which update the Borghild concept with current technologies and are considered unsurpassable. These sex dolls can be customized in their every part, until you get to the BoyToy line whose traits are inspired by comicbooks characters. According to an interview every year about 200 RealDolls are sold every year, and their success even inspired the beautiful (and sad) 2007 movie Lars and the Real Girl.
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