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Baba Challenge, Sex Dolls, and Sarah Palin

It will never be an Olympic Sport, and Michael Phelps would certainly never participate for fear of losing his endorsements, but the Baba Challenge is a popular event which consists of traversing white water rapids while atop female blow-up dolls. The participants in this event, which takes place outside of St. Petersburg, Russia, are almost exclusively male, though both men and women are enthusiastic spectators.

What is the explanation for the seemingly exclusive interest in female blow-up dolls by men? The obvious is that sexual relationships with other people take effort – especially the relationship part. Dolls provide a way to skip this and get straight to the sex. Less satisfying? Perhaps. But for some men this may a trade-off that is worthwhile. Sex dolls don’t require conversation, do not need to be impressed, don’t care if you have a job, or if you live in your parent’s basement. And they are readily available online (BTW, none of the actual dolls look anything like the pictures shown). The company Topco even came out with a This Is Not Sarah Palin love doll in case there was any interest in fulfilling those erotic fantasies so many men were sharing on the internet. Perhaps not too many men were lusting after Sarah since Topco no longer sells the doll (you may still be able to find some in stock if you search online sex toy sites).

Of course, as mentioned in our post on 2-D Love, some men have given up on relating to real women altogether. Yet for some of these men, a pillow with a likeness of a female character is not enough, and they prefer a 3-D inanimate lover….or many of them.

And for the more well-heeled, a Real Doll can be had for somewhere north of $5000. Boy Toy is producing a line of dolls inspired by anime and comic book women. This company obviously understands its market…..

Of course the ladies should not feel left out. The Real Doll company makes male dolls to your specifications.

By Bizarre Behavior & Culture Bound Syndromes

Dr. Kevin Volkan is a psychologist, writer, and educator with over twenty years of clinical, corporate, and academic experience. He is Professor of Psychology at California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) and is on the graduate medical Faculty in the Community Memorial Health System. Dr. Volkan was one of the founding faculty at CSUCI which is the 23rd campus in California State University system where he teaches a course on atypical psychopathologies titled Bizarre Behaviors and Culture-Bound Syndromes. This course explores the outer range of extreme human behavior including paraphilias and was the inspiration for this blog. Consonant with his interest in deviant psychopathologies he also teaches clinical psychology and a course on the psychology of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. Dr. Volkan has been a Silberman Seminar Fellow at The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC in 2010 and 2014. Before coming to CSUCI, Dr. Volkan was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School where he researched ways to measure medical student and physician performance, and the psychological origins of medical error. While at Harvard, Dr. Volkan also taught for the prestigious Harvard-Macy Institute, a joint program run by the Harvard Business, Education, and Medical schools. In this program he taught medical students and physicians from Harvard as well as from all over the world. Dr. Volkan’s background in psychology is varied and he maintains an active interest in several psychological approaches to understanding human nature – including socio-biological, psychoanalytic, psychometric, and cognitive-behavioral. He has had a long-standing interest in the psychology of compulsive drug use (which has similarities to the psychology of paraphilias), and has published a book on the subject. Dr. Volkan worked as a clinical psychologist for many years. This experience included serving as staff psychologist and Vice Chair of psychology at Agnews State Hospital in San Jose. During his tenure at Agnews, Dr. Volkan worked with patients who demonstrated many severe behavioral problems, including profoundly autistic, psychotic, self-injurious, and developmentally disabled individuals. Dr. Volkan was awarded the Sustained Superior Accomplishment Award from the State of California for his clinical work. In addition to his hospital work, Dr. Volkan also maintained a private practice in psychology in the San Francisco Bay Area. He served as a psychologist for the California Victim Witness program, seeing patients who were victims of crime and/or abuse. Dr. Volkan’s clients included a diverse population of people representing a wide variety of socioeconomic strata and psychological distress. Dr. Volkan received a BA in Biology from the University of California, an MA in Psychology from Sonoma State University, an EdD in Educational Psychology from Northern Illinois University, a PhD in Clinical Psychology from The Center for Psychological Studies, and a MPH in Public Health from Harvard University. In his spare time he practices martial arts and plays guitar in a rock band.

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