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Dudes wearing female doll masks is already 2014’s weirdest fetish
Men dressing up like dolls is about as strange as anything else you’ll find online.
To all appearances, 2013 was the year that bronies went mainstream, but casual Internet observers have already moved on to mocking a different toy-based fetish: masking.
Judging by a trailer for a documentary program on Britain’s Channel 4, the hobby is entirely harmless, if unusual—a sort of heightened cross-dressing, really. Men who would rather have the appearance of living dolls wear wigs, women’s clothes, and silicone masks of female faces.
Often this practice, indulged during leisure time and for specialized nightclub events, is part of an effort to create a female alter ego, a beautiful fantasy persona. Some men go so far as to temporarily alter their bodies. Below, “Vanessa” receives a saline infusion to swell breast tissue for a few hours, then dabs the needle punctures with super glue.
“Secrets of the Living Dolls” garnered a whopping 13.5 percent audience share in the U.K. last night, or about 2.3 million viewers. Like many such investigative pieces, it walked the line between sensitivity and gawking exploitation, a slippery tone brilliantly satirized by the sketch show That Mitchell & Webb Look.
Predictably, the Web’s reaction was one of horror, mockery, and disbelief.
— Jen Brister (@JenBrister) January 7, 2014
Someone on FB described last night’s C4 documentary about #livingdolls as “lazy, sweaty drag for straight tranny’s”. !
— Paul Francis Quinn (@PFQMUSIC) January 7, 2014
If I saw one of these walking down the street I would actually freak out 😳😫 #livingdolls
— Maria Fowler (@MariaFowler) January 6, 2014
They look like Jason from Halloween!! With better Mac foundation 😂😂 #livingdolls
— G.C.E (@Guets_) January 6, 2014
— Andy (@andyedmeads) January 6, 2014
Reddit, meanwhile, drew comparisons to American Horror Story and the Wayans brothers’ comedy White Chicks. Some argued that the stigma associated with such behavior would never fade, while others admitted to being confusedly aroused.
There was a ray of empathy here and there, thank god.
Coming out of the closet was hard but coming out of the dollhouse must be something else. They get my respect. #livingdolls
— Colin Woodiwiss (@Gaylien88) January 7, 2014
Well said, Colin. Here’s to a year in which living dolls get at least as much love as the guy who dresses like a mermaid.
Photo by Rina Katase/Flickr
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'