Just when you thought the world couldn't get more topsy-turvy, men in China are now forgoing real women for dolls. It might sound like a chapter from Orwell's 1984, but apparently the robots really are taking over.
Okay, they aren't exactly robots, but these objects are still taking on a life of their own. Many men in China are treating these plastic dolls like their actual partners, transporting them in their cars with the seat-belts fastened. And of course these life-size toys are fully clothed like real people.
What could possibly be the explanation for this twisted, infantile practice? Perhaps it is narcissism. Some Chinese men claim they have no sexual feelings for the dolls, but rather they want "someone" who is exactly like them... only a female version.
There have been stories of Chinese men suffering from cancer and not feeling the need to go out and begin a long term relationship with a real person.
Others seem to be using child versions to take the place of having actual children. Given China's rampant over-population, that might not be a bad idea.
No matter the reasons, China seems to be flirting with an odd sense of dystopia right now and the practice of grown men owning dolls is only exacerbating the problem.