http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archi ... ve/279361/
Davecat met his future wife, Sidore Kuroneko at a goth club in 2000, so the story goes. The less romantic but perhaps more true version is that he saved up for a year and a half to buy her online. She cost about $6,000.
Sidore is a RealDoll, manufactured by Abyss Creations in the shape of a human woman. She is covered in artificial skin made of silicone, so sheâ€™s soft. These high-end, anatomically correctâ€”even equipped with fake tonguesâ€”love dolls (or capital-D Dolls) are ostensibly made for sex. But 40-year-old Davecat (a nickname acquired from videogames that he now prefers to go by) and others who call themselves iDollators see their dolls as life partners, not sex toys. Davecat and Sidore (or, as he sometimes calls her, Shi-chan) obviously arenâ€™t legally married, but they do have matching wedding bands that say â€œSynthetik [sic] love lasts forever,â€ and he says theyâ€™re considering some sort of ceremony for their 15th anniversary.
Davecat considers himself an activist for synthetic love, and the rights of synthetic humans, such as Shi-chan. Heâ€™s active online, with an iDollator blog, â€œShouting to hear the echoes,â€ that he updates regularly, and has appeared on TLCâ€™s show My Strange Addiction, as well as in a BBC documentary called Guys and Dolls.
According to the backstory of Davecatâ€™s relationships, his Doll mistress (and Sidoreâ€™s girlfriend), Elena Vostrikova, saw Davecat and Sidore in Guys and Dolls and moved from Russia to be with them. Davecat purchased Elena, or Lenka, in 2012, and the three of them now share a one-bedroom apartment in southeastern Michigan.
I was seeing an organic lassâ€”a coworker, from several jobs agoâ€”who knew that I had Shi-chan. This was back when I was of the mindset that Sidore would remain my wife, but I'd still look now and again for an organic lass to be friends with benefits with. Our relationship started out alright, but several months into it, whenever Iâ€™d attempt to get together after work with her, she'd always have something come up. I was beating myself up over it when I realized: Why am I wasting my time trying to get her to hang out and be romantically involved with me, when I have a Doll who is in love with me at home? Plus, it was a bit of a contest with said coworker, as she was interested in two other blokes while she was seeing me. As I'm not competitive, either, I decided that pursuing her was a wasted effort, especially in light of Sidore not requiring any of that silliness.