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The Sex Doll: A History

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This scholarly study of the centuries-long history of fornicatory dolls examines the enduring obsession with creating an idealized, silent female sexual object and the manifestations of this desire through the ages in mythology, literature, art, philosophy and science. This particular sexual impulse has been expressed in a great variety of forms such as statues, mannequins ...more
Paperback, 227 pages
Published July 30th 2010 by McFarland & Company (first published June 30th 2010)
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mad mags
Oct 12, 2013 rated it liked it
More accurately titled “The Sex Doll: Its Origins and Functions”

(Full disclosure: I received a free advanced review copy of this book through Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program.)

Upon requesting this title from Library Thing’s Early Reviewer program, I was nervous that author Anthony Ferguson’s discussion of sex dolls would present a view largely uncritical of these increasingly popular sexual aids and, more importantly, their owners/users. (So much so that I was actually relieved when the fi
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Mark
May 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Received this as a LibraryThing Early Reviewer book. I figured it would make a (sort of) bookend to Rachel Maine's The Technology of Orgasm; which, by the way, is cited in this book. We shall see.

Originally posted at Library Thing.

Ferguson, Anthony. The Sex Doll : A History. Jefferson N.C.: McFarland & Co., 2010. Print.


Contents:
Preface
Introduction
1 The origin of the species
2 She ain't heavy, she's just rubber
3 The great leap forward
4 I am your automatic lover
5 Forever young
6 Consumable wom
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Anna
Jul 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm unsure how to feel about this book. While it offers some interesting insight into the history and the current culture (and even the potential future) of sex dolls, I am left with muddled emotions regarding the literary, and frankly psychoanalytic, overtones of this book. Freud is cited left and right. While the book often veers into assuming the root of certain masculine desires, it also comes from a perspective that is certainly masculine, and it dedicates almost no time AT ALL to the persp ...more
Irma
Mar 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
intended to give it 5 stars, but the writing style is truly distracting. A lot of things I had to skip in order to not lose interest.
John Carter McKnight
Nov 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was a difficult book to rate: it's well-researched, and an excellent resource on the subject. It also has quite a number of good ideas. On the other hand, it's a sloppy, muddled mess, confusing exhaustiveness with clarity. The book ranges from plot summaries of stories, movies, and books involving gynoid characters to Freudian speculation to product reviews, compares sex dolls to everything from porn to mistresses. It blurs distinctions between 3D pornography like erotic dolls and statuary ...more
Delascabezas
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I first sat down to read Anthony Ferguson’s “The Sex Doll: A History”, I expected a somewhat raunchy tromp through recent history, and, perhaps, a bit of dalliance into recent social developments in the industry. Instead, I found myself immersed in a well-thought you, and thoroughly researched academic study of the subject matter, authored in a way that keep pages turning, and curiosity churning.[return]Beyond the titular “History”, Ferguson deals with many of the fundamental aspects of hum ...more
Wendy Darling
Oct 28, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history, non-fiction
Fascinating subject but not a great read, due to writer who on the one hand wants to be academic but whose actual writing and points sometimes don't seem to meet academic muster. Certain sections make lots of citations but interspersed with those are assertions seemingly made out of nowhere. It's also repetitive, especially the last two full chapters, which are really one chapter and recap one another. The best sections are the ones with more original research, such as the one where the author i ...more
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