cut to : list of philias. people with strong obsessions, desires and manias. 2. agalmatophilia: (according to wikipedia) “the sexual attraction to a statue, doll, mannequin or other similar figurative object. The attraction may include the desire for actual sexual contact with the objects, a fantasy of having sexual (or non-sexual) encounters with the animate or inanimate instances of the preferred objects, the act of watching encounters between the objects themselves, or sexual pleasure gained from thoughts of being transformed or transforming another into the preferred object.” photographer, laurie simmons has done a series of photos called “the love doll - days 1-30” where the doll is posed for 30 days around the house. the exhibition is featured in salon 94 in new york until march 26th. simmons talks about how she views the dolls as a piece of beautiful and perfect sculpture first and a masturbation tool second. as jeane greenegerf rohatyn, the owner of salon 94 puts it (courtesy new york magazine) “Laurie has gone from using dolls as a kind of plaything to creating something that we have real empathy for—the doll is empowered, free. She has her own integrity,” says Greenberg Rohatyn. “The life-size scale changed everything. It isn’t child’s play anymore. Laurie has really breathed life into her.” more famously, the film “lars and the real girl” about a socially inept man who falls in love with a realdoll he names bianca. then there is the greek story of pygmalion and galatea. the lonely artist who carves a beautiful woman from ivory and falls in love. he prays to goddess venus, who takes pity and transforms the statue to human.