Hot on the heels of Real Dolls, Pony Play, and balloon frenzy comes the latest Internet sex buzz– Objectum Sexuals. Strange Love: Married to the Eiffel Tower, a web documentary on the orientation seeding the ongoing discussion, speaks to three of only forty identified women who fall in love with objects like fences, swords and amusement park rides.
Footage of Objectum Sexuals Amy Wolf and Erika La Tour Eiffel (a last name she took on when she married the landmark) comprises the majority of the movie, neither of whom seem particularly emotionally stable. Wolf, for example, was diagnosed with a form of Asperger’s after a long history of trouble in school, and La Tour Eiffel, who grew up suffering abuse as a child, was discharged from her post at the military for psychological reasons after refusing to give up her sword lover. She had killed a man with the weapon in self defense when he attempted to sexually assault her.
Candidly admitting that she sees no recovery for the abuse she has suffered, Erika La Tour Eiffel nevertheless seems happy and describes her emotional relationships with objects as fulfilling. This is, at least in part, the result of telepathic communication with the object– an aspect about which viewers don’t learn nearly enough. The movie reveals only the vaguest notions as to what that exchange entails, though there is plenty of footage of women climbing on top of various objects. Interestingly, artist Kathy High’s documentary Animal Attraction, profiling interspecies telepathic communicator Dawn Hayman, does a much better job of explaining the details of mind-reading, even if it sounds insane.
The movie does, however, contain a few revealing psychological moments, the most significant of which occurs when La Tour Eiffel meets Cold War Museum head Alexandra Hildebrandt about a possible Berlin Wall maquette commission:
Alexandra Hildebrandt: The wall was the strongest part of the division of the world. So to put this wall away was a very important step in bringing the world together. Torn up that the wall brought unhappiness pain and suffering to people, but happiness to her.
Erika La Tour Eiffel: I understand what you’re saying. From my own experience, I was in a free country and this still happened to me. So sometimes it doesn’t matter if you’re behind a wall, or in the most free country.
Hildebrandt: No, you can not say that this is the same. You could move as you want.
La Tour Eiffel: Actually, I couldn’t. I was property of the government and they moved me as they wanted to move me. I lived with six different families growing up.
Hildebrandt: But you can not say that is the same. For example, in my country…
La Tour Eiffel: I’m not saying it’s the same, I’m saying I understand the feelings of not being free.
Hildebrandt: but nevertheless I think this is the wrong way; to put two things on one table. This is very different
La Tour Eiffel: I don’t know. I can sympathize with children being taken from their families.
Hildebrandt: I grew up in the Ukraine. You can not imagine how it is in communist parties.
La Tour Eiffel: I’m not talking about the political part of it. I’m talking about being taking away, abused violated, physically, physically abused, those things I can relate to because I’ve experienced that. I’m not saying I had it worse than the people in the communist country.
Hildebrandt: They separate the families. They put the mother in the prison, and the children separated in a different house
La Tour Eiffel: At least those parents still loved their children. My parents didn’t love me at all.
Despite La Tour Eiffel’s inability to view experience from a stand point outside her own, she is commissioned by the museum to build the models.