Erika La Tour Eiffel is not the first person to fall in love with the Eiffel Tower, but she is the first to say "I do" to it. Last year she married the iconic, iron structure in a small ceremony while surrounded by friends, and afterwards changed her name accordingly. But the tower is not her only love, nor is she the only person to love, love objects.
At least 40 people have joined an online group for objectum sexuals (OS) — a term for people who feel attraction, arousal, love, and commitment for objects. The idea of having a relationship with a person is as absurd to them as the idea of having a relationship with an object is to other people.
While objectum sexuals see the object-human bond as metaphysical, psychologists see it as an abnormal attachment — a barrier between them and other people. Sexual abuse and Asperger's syndrome (a form of autism, which impairs social interactions) run rampant among self-identified objectum sexuals, and most have histories of childhood abandonment and rejection.
To see a clip from Strange Love: Married to the Eiffel Tower, a documentary about OS and the objects of their affections,
I must warn you, it's a little long (20 minutes) and, maybe, not entirely safe for work. Headphones on!