Sex doll photography

A retired psychiatric nurse has been given a new lease of life through one of his more peculiar passions – sex doll photography. ‘I can remember just turning 17 and seeing a picture of Sarah on the mantelpiece, I remember spotting it and thinking, oh wow my dad owns a sex doll. ‘I thought if that’s a thing that makes you happy then why would I stand in the way of it?

Dean is now hoping his photography will change people’s perceptions of the plastic people, and stop them being thought of as just ‘cheap sex dolls‘. The fascination with his synthetic subjects began after watching the Channel 4 sci-fi drama Humans.

I didn’t have to like it, but I don’t have to be horrible about it. ‘And gradually just accepted it and kind of liked it, I thought it was actually kind of cool.’ Dean prefers the term love doll for his female companions – claiming the term sex doll is too limiting.

Whether it’s the rote 360 3D VR porn made most accessible through sites like Pornhub, or the more interactive adult VR games about customizing your own virtual mini sex doll — many criticize VR porn for being even more limited to the cis, heteronormative male gaze than regular porn.