Podcast: Are Sex Dolls the Cure to Pedophilia or Loneliness?

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Ep. 37 Caitlin Roper discusses the research and cultural narratives around sex dolls.

Since the 2007 movie Lars and the Real Girl, sex dolls have become increasingly popular and normalized. In fact, mainstream companies like Amazon, Etsy, and the Wish shopping app have sold sex dolls, including ones that looked child-like.

During this episode of the Ending Sexploitation podcast, Haley McNamara interviews Caitlin Roper, PhD candidate, and Campaigns Manager at Collective Shout.

They discuss the rising trends of sex dolls being made to look like children or people the buyer knows in real life, and the way sex dolls are not an answer to loneliness or pedophilia. In fact, research shows that child sex abuse dolls normalize and encourage sexual interest in children. They also discuss the inherent problems with sex dolls and how they promote objectification.

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Connect with Collective Shout and engage in their campaigns: https://www.collectiveshout.org/

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Contact Etsy on Twitter and tell them to stop selling sex dolls: https://twitter.com/Etsy

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