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Erika La Tour Eiffel's madly in love. Her partner resides in Paris and is the tall, strong and silent type. Yet since they married in a ceremony with friends in the City of Love, the logistics of an intimate relationship have been more than a little challenging. Her spouse, after all, is the Eiffel Tower.
Erika is one of a handful of people around the world called "objectum sexuals" - people who fall in love with inanimate objects. Profiled in a documentary entitled "The Woman Who Married the Eiffel Tower," she is shown hugging her "husband" and professing love for him, or it.
An ex U.S. Army soldier, she was reportedly sexually abused while growing up and was diagnosed with a chronic post-traumatic stress disorder. Upon "marrying" the iconic structure, Erika actually changed her surname to LaTour Eiffel. In the documentary, she discusses her relationship with the Parisian landmark, and claims to be very much in love.
Yet the Tower isn't her first love. Previously she was in love with Lance, which was a bow, and during that relationship, she became a world champion in archery.
Certified sexologist Amy Marsh, from Albany, Calif., has a different take. She said objectum sexual is not a disorder, but possibly a new sexual orientation
We love objects and many of us in an intimate way and this feeling is innate. Objectùm-sexual love comes for most in a similar awakening as other sexualities at the start of puberty. This is often followed by an acute awareness that we do not relate to peers due to the source of the projected feelings. Often objectùm-sexual people feel outcast or pressured by mainstream sexuality with a helpless feeling that we cannot change what comes so naturally.
On first meeting, Erika La Tour Eiffel appears extraordinarily ordinary. An ex-US Army soldier, the 36-year-old lives in San Francisco. She is also a former world champion in archery – propelled to success, she believes, by her love for Lance, a bow. She now claims to be married to the Eiffel Tower, following a ceremony with friends last year in Paris, at which she promised eternal love to the iron monument and changed her name legally to reflect the bond. "There is a huge problem with being in love with a public object," she says sadly. "The issue of intimacy – or rather lack of it – is forever present."
Originally posted by Remixtup
Thats all fine and dandy....1 question, if someone else marries the tower is it polygamy?
Originally posted by IntastellaBurst
Oh Eiffel Tower, .... you cheating whore !!!
I saw the documentary, ... at first she was " with" a bow. ... like yeah, bow's and arrows. ..... a bow. Which she then left for the Eiffel tower.
I think it stems from her sexual abuse, ... these objects will never hurt her, cheat on her, ... or tell her she looks pleasantly plump. She can imagine them to be whatever she wants, .... they have conversations, fights, sex, just like a normal couple. The mind is a powerful thing.
Though I havent quite worked out the Intricacies of the sex, ... I'm sure after the eiffel tower, .... there is no going back.
Originally posted by Doc Tesla
what no yakov smirnoff joke?
In Soviet Russia tower marry you.
but on a serious note, should people like this really be supported? if i was her relative i would consider sending her in for a psych treatment.
i can understand gays and even transsexuals but this is just pushing it.
Originally posted by jkrog08
reply to post by mblahnikluver
Hem, interesting story. The human mind can manifest some very odd behavior. I would think it stems from some type of OCD, possibly urged on by (as someone else already said) sexual issues. Interesting piece, thanks for sharing. In a way I think we have all experienced this on a small scale, you know those times when you don't want to throw out an old piece of furniture or throw something away(think pack rats)? Or maybe if you take care of your care an excessive amount? I think those are all very low level versions of this "inanimate obsession". It is odd sometimes how we humans can attach feelings to something that does not have them.
[edit on 9/25/2009 by jkrog08]
Originally posted by notsosweet
I had heard of people doing this before, but never knew they had a name for it.
I'm sure it is hard for the family to even know how to react to something like this. Maybe they could try counseling, so they can have a better idea on how to help her or just support her.
I think for me it is really weird and some kind of mental issues going on. Do you think there is therapy for this?
Originally posted by platipus
shes insane...really >.>