Will These Child Sex Dolls Keep Pedophiles At Bay?

Shin Takagi makes sex dolls that look like children in an attempt to help people with pedophilic tendencies curb their impulse to act, which seems like a very good idea and also a troublesome one. “Being a pedophile is like living with a mask on,” he told the Atlantic. For over ten years his company Trottla has been producing life-like child sex dolls, anatomically correct and hyperrealistic, and sending them to customers around the world, in the hopes that the dolls will serve as an appropriate outlet for the kinds of urges that pedophiles struggle with.

Treatment for pedophilia exists, ranging from cognitive-behavioral therapy to chemical castration. But, as someone who struggles with these impulses, Takagi thinks that the dolls are one of the best options for treatment. “We should accept that there is no way to change someone’s fetishes,” he said. “I am helping people express their desires, legally and ethically. It’s not worth living if you have to live with repressed desires.”

Do your best to divorce the horrors of pedophilia from the solution Takagi’s created and think about this for a sec. Does it make sense to you? Are you frowning right now? Dr. Peter Fagan, a researcher at the John Hopkins School of Medicine feels that these dolls will do nothing more to reinforce the desire to act on pedophilic tendencies. So, there’s that.

For what it’s worth, Takagi says that the dolls he’s sent — mostly to men “living alone” — have helped numerous people handle their undesirable desires and keep their tendencies in check. “I often receive letters from buyers…The letters say, ‘Thanks to your dolls, I can keep from committing a crime.'” If they’re out in the world, helping people grapple with this, then that’s for the best, I guess.

[The Atlantic]