40-year-old Davecat wants the world to reconsider RealDolls. They’re legit people, they can be in legit relationships, and if someone calls them sex toys, that’s a derogatory statement. As he tells The Atlantic, “I don’t just consider myself an advocate for synthetic love, but for treating synthetic humans with as much respect, if not more, than organic humans.”
In The Atlantic’s interview with Davecat, who has appeared on TLC’s My Strange Addiction and BBC documentary Guys and Dolls, the technosexual poster child tries to explain what draws him to Dolls and why the connection isn’t different than romantic entanglement with “real” humans.
“Part of the (sexual) appeal of synthetics is how much they look like their organic counterparts. If you have a robot shaped like a refrigerator, that won’t have as much draw as a robot in the shape of a human; people will be more willing to interact with the human-shaped one. Further still, if that humanoid robot has artificial skin and sounds like a human, most people dealing with it are more than likely to even have a moment where they forget it’s a robot. With Sidore, her draw was instantaneous. There was never a moment when Shi-chan—or any Doll, for that matter—was merely an object to me.”
Shi-chan is one of two Dolls Davecat now calls his partner. The other Doll acts as a companion to the pair. According to the profile, “his Doll mistress (and Sidore’s girlfriend), Elena Vostrikova, saw Davecat and Sidore in Guys and Dolls and moved from Russia to be with them.”
Davecat’s lifestyle is fascinating and surprisingly down-to-Earth. Yes, he’s dating two anatomically-correct animatronics. But is that weird if that’s what he’s genuinely into? For a deeper look inside Davecat’s love triangle (and technosexual advocacy) follow his blog.
Matt Patches is a writer and reporter living in New York City. His work has been featured on New York Magazine’s Vulture, Film.com, Hollywood.com, MTV, and he is the host of the pop culture podcast Operation Kino. He continues to love Groundhog Day.