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Sex Doll Ownership: An Agenda for Research

Authors
  • Harper, Craig A.1
  • Lievesley, Rebecca1
  • 1 Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FQ, UK , Nottingham (United Kingdom)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Current Psychiatry Reports
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Aug 15, 2020
Volume
22
Issue
10
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11920-020-01177-w
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Purpose of ReviewThe topic of sex doll ownership is becoming an increasingly discussed issue from both a social and legal perspective. This review aims to examine the veracity of the existing psychological, sexological, and legal literature in relation to doll ownership.Recent FindingsStrong views exist across the spectrum of potential socio-legal positions on sex doll ownership. However, there is an almost total lack of empirical analyses of the psychological characteristics or behavioral implications of doll ownership. As such, existing arguments appear to represent the philosophical positions of those scholars expressing them, rather than being rooted in any objective evidence base.SummaryDespite an absence of empirical data on the characteristics and subsequent effects of doll ownership, discussions about the ethical and legal status of doll ownership continue. This highlights a real and urgent need for a coherent research agenda to be advanced in this area of work.

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