Lest you think it’s a cock-and-bull story, facts have also emerged that wealthy individuals, among them some celebrities, have started ordering their own customized sex robots online and in special shops. While many people still find it difficult to fathom that men could abandon living breathing women for silicone clones, those with peculiar sexual appetite, however, did not have any difficulty in adopting the sex dolls as sex companions. Although, sex dolls first came into existence in August 1955, when Max Weissbrodt of the Hauser-Elastolin Company introduced them.
The latest Swedish silicone-made dolls, which has flooded Nigerian markets is gilded with artificial-intelligence-based personality and flesh-like synthetic that makes it almost look like a real woman where sexual activity is concerned.
The sex toy has 100 sensors spread around its body with about 30 located in its private part region and is not only receptive to vaginal, anus and mouth entry but also adjustable to achieve any desired sexual pattern or positions. A standard sex doll comes with the ability to get wet with a slight touch over any of the sensors, and upon penetration, it purrs gently into its partners’ ear. Furthermore, it comes with inbuilt sound in the throat and recognizes up to 16 commands and a voice password personal to the owner. For sexual perverts, the doll is a real McCoy. What’s more, the doll can be customized to meet the buyer’s taste of a dream woman in terms of body size, height, skin colour, eyes colour, hair colour and other human attributes.
Worth $6000 (about N900, 000) the doll’s other appeal - bereft of womanly attributes that “irritate” or inconvenienced men – makes it attractive to sex maniacs: it does not speak; it does not nag. It will never get fat nor fart. It will not get tired. Menstruation and pregnancy are not her lot. She doesn’t suffer from diseases. For tight-fisted user, having the doll as a sexual companion is cost effective than keeping a living soul mate: no shopping, no visit to eateries and no beauty expenses routine that could take some money out of a man’s pocket.
With this development, many are wondering about its implications on human relationship, particularly where marriage is concerned. Others wondered if this trend will not engender a meltdown in brothel business of commercial sex workers. Generally, the development evoked anger and apprehension from Nigerian women.
Entertainment Express sampled the opinions of a cross section of women. One of the respondents, Onyeka Nmadu, a house wife in her early 30s described the sex doll as satanic and a departure from God’s intention for mankind. She avows: “This is not God’s intention for mankind. Understandably God designed sex to be enjoyed, but not with a doll. Anything sexual pleasure outside that of a man and his wife is sinful and devilish”. She also asserts: “it’s also a threat to marriage as an institution. Besides, any marriage that has sex as it bedrock is now as good as a broken marriage”.
Another respondent, Tinuke Ajenifuja, a 43-year-old banker, vents her spleen: “Men are finding every excuse to render women irrelevant, now they have their sex toy, so they can shy away from their duties and in the long run find an excuse not to be responsible in this world. But I tell you, this satanic device will be defeated,” she fumes.
Yet another woman, who takes a dim view of the phenomenon, scoffs at the idea: “sex is meant to take place between two living beings. The doll is just a distraction, after the novelty wears off, men will go back to chasing the real thing”.
Another set of women, those who earn their living by selling sex are not in the least disturbed by this new development. A resident prostitute at Formular Four Hotel, who identified herself as Blessing, asks: How many men can afford the money to buy that plastic babe? My customers are not the type that will go after toy. With their N500, they are sure of good time with a real woman. So no toy fit take my customer.”
Another prostitute, Oma, who plies her trade at Golden City brothel, located close to Ejigbo Last Bus stop, asserts: “Look, that thing na toy, and small time now, e go tire people. Them go soon come back to where they get the real thing. If e nobe the real thing, e no fit sweet like the real thing.”
At Nine Nine brothel in Bariga, Nneka, who works part-time in the evening also asserts “sex doll, na masturbation on a different level, after masturbation, men go come for real sex”.
Overall, prostitutes pooh-pooh at the idea and are of the opinion that the adoption of the sex toy by some men will not affect their trade.
Men of God also lampooned at this deviant development. A clergy man and psychologist, Pastor Gabriel Uchenna observes: “Any replication of a human being is a threat to the originality of the soul and the divinity of creation. The mere linking of artificial creations with the sex act is strictly a taboo. I think this sexual symbol emanated from the gradual generational change in attitudes towards sex and sexual expression. The impact of religion on morality has slowly been superseded by the notion of individual choice coupled by the fact that sex outside marriage is no longer seen as being wrong. So what else do you expect when people now involve in sex without any iota of guilt?”
Women and sex toys
Before the advent of the Swedish-made sex doll, sexual perversion existed in many forms. One example is the adoption of sex toys by some women as alternative means of achieving sexual satisfaction. The use of dildos and vibrators are trends that have gained ground in many countries. In Nigeria, sex toy shops have opened in Lagos. And Nigerians of all castes and characters have visited them in daylight or discreetly. Some women have no regrets or reservations about using sex toys. A few even justifies their position and even carry it in their bags.
Vivian Okwara, a fashion designer bares her mind on her addiction to her newly bought vibrator. She says: “For me oh! There is nothing bad in couples using a vibrator. It is good especially for the woman. It gives one full bars and wider options to be devious and mischievous when you are having sex with your partner. The sex doll or toys can’t faint out of exhaustion or too much sex but it is all so good and ughhhhh!!!! My man travels a lot. He spends loads of time out of town. I trust him with my life, because I know he wouldn’t cheat on me. I love sex, good sex and he knows it. He knows how much I enjoy it so he feels so guilty when he isn’t there to give it to me the way I loved it. He suggested he should get me a vibrator, I agreed. He also gave me sex books and magazines. After reading them, we went ahead to buy two vibrators. One of them was bigger than my man’s penis, while the other was smaller. But one thing I notice was that after we got them I never felt like it when he is away so I have not had a course to use any of them. On his return, he started using it on me and honestly it has spiced up my relationship greatly. Now I am so addicted to it, even while with my man, she said.
Another lady, Iseoluwa Aremu, when contacted via facebook replies succinctly: “I can’t help but encourage the use of sex enhancers or toys back in my senior secondary school days in biology in growth and development we were taught that we could use our environment to nurture our nature. That I use sex toys doesn’t mean I am neglecting nature. One can farm with bear hands and get results, with hoes and cutlass you’ll get good result but with tractors and harvesters a better if not best result is achieved. Vibrators are like catalyst to me they heighten and prolong the pleasure of sex for women. Even for those who their men don’t last long enough to make them ‘come’. Most times, most women don’t experience orgasm on time, then thrusting in and out for too long will wear her guy, irritate him and she might even end up having bruises. But with vibrator you work less and achieve more pleasure.”
It is satanic! –Men of GodPASTOR POJU ADEWOYIN (RESIDENT PASTOR, GLOBAL CHRISTIAN ASSEMBLY)
I read in the papers that the doll possesses texture of about 99.8% of human skin. It also has about 100 sensors spread around its body, with 30 censors around its private part. They said it can move in specific ways and take up to 20 sex positions in bed. They also added that it emits sexual moans; it’s flexible and always ready. Oh my God! This is satanic. It’s another demon in a toy form. At the moment, I feel disgusted and I am afraid this will break so many homes. In my church already, I have preached about it and we have given prayer points on it, because this is another way devil would use to break so many marriages. Women should pray and fast as this demon called sex doll would render them valueless in the sight of men who have no fear of God.
REV. EMMAUNEL OSAGIE (GENERAL OVERSEER, RESURRECTION MINISTRY)
Let me clear you on this note, Christianity forbids sex with dolls. It is against the law of the Lord which supports sex only between a married man and woman. Please, anything outside this is nothing but a sin in the sight of our creator. God who sent Adam and Eve into the world to multiple knew what he was doing. It is totally ungodly to have sex outside the laid down principles of God. God also does not ratify sex between same gender. I guess our problem in the country is westernisation, because I know that our culture is against such things. The white man’s culture that has been imported into our country is the genesis of our problems. We need to go back to God fast and get things right. Nigeria needs God now. Too many things are happening around which I feel shouldn’t be in the first place.
EVANGELIST BIODUN OGUNGBE
(SHEPHERD IN CHARGE, AYO NI O, OKE IYANU)
Sexual intercourse as ordained by God is a sacred gift meant to be enjoyed by a man and a woman who are married. These days, Nigerians and the rest of the world talk about homosexuality and now with the new development of sex doll, without feeling guilty. Sex machines and didos have found their ways into many homes and nobody is complaining. This is devilish and God would fight for our women.
ITUA OKON (PARISH PASTOR, REDEEMED CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF GOD)
This is just to tell you that the coming of God is near. These days we see all kinds of things happening in the society. Even in the church, terrible things happen. I am not shocked or surprised that men now sleep with sex dolls, it simply means God is coming anytime soon. So, for those of us who understand these facts, we stick to the word of God and its principles. It’s high time we start asking for forgiveness of sins in this country. The bane of corruption and prostitution has eaten deep into our system and I am scared it is getting worse by the day. Even our leaders who should serve as good examples are not better. Their characters and conducts even encourage devilish acts in the society. But we shall keep praying for Nigeria and we shall not grow tired.