Sex Doll Ownership: An Agenda for Research

Publication/Creation Date
August 15 2020
Craig A. Harper (creator)
Rebecca Lievesley (creator)
Media Type
Journal Article
Persuasive Intent

Purpose of Review: The 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 Findings: Strong 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. Summary: Despite 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.
HCI Platform
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Date archived
March 21 2021
Last edited
April 30 2021
How to cite this entry
Craig A. Harper, Rebecca Lievesley. (August 15 2020). "Sex Doll Ownership: An Agenda for Research". Current Psychiatry Reports. Fabric of Digital Life.