England has recently become a beacon for those looking to push social justice warrior-styled reforms into the more absurd realms. It’s the country where telling an offensive joke can get you arrested, and where they regularly bow to religious extremists rather than enforce the country’s laws. It is also, apparently, now the nation where LGBTQ groups have made it acceptable for a woman to ‘marry’ an inanimate object.
Amanda Liberty, a 33-year old British woman, has recently announced her engagement to a chandelier that she bought via eBay. According to Amanda, “as soon as I saw Lumiere on eBay, I knew immediately that she was the one for me and it was love at first sight.” Last year, she paid 400GBP to have the chandelier shipped to ‘her’ from Germany. There is no word on whether Lumiere returned her affections, nor on whether the female chandelier consents to their obviously strange relationship.
This is not the first time that Amanda has “fallen in love” with an inanimate object. She identifies as “objectum sexual,” a mental disorder better described as “objectophilia.” The first recorded instance of this disorder is believed to be reflected in the Greek story of Pygmalion, in which a sculptor fell in love with a sculpture he created.
Amanda has fallen in love with famous landmarks, such as the Statue of Liberty, which inspired her to legally change her last name to “Liberty.” She has apparently traveled to the United States six separate times to indulge in her lust for the unfeeling statue made of metal. She has even given the statue the nickname, “Libby.”
But Amanda is never lonely. Even when she can’t be near her beloved “Libby,” she is in what she describes as an open relationship with 24 other chandeliers. But she’s only engaged to “Lumiere,” who she proposed to last Valentine’s day (still no word on how “Lumiere” feels about it, but Amanda thinks that she accepts).
Due to the size of Lumiere, and for comfort reasons, Amanda sleeps every night snuggling with another shade, one named “Jewel.” Amanda finds Jewel to be more portable and comfortable to cuddle with throughout the night, as opposed to Lumiere.
Amanda further says that her first relationship was with a drum kit when she was 14 years old, a kit that she held a flame for, so to speak, until she met “Libby” in 2010, when she was 26. When asked if she realizes how weird her relationship with inanimate objects is, she answers “people often can’t understand that this is just a natural orientation for me, that I can find the beauty in objects and can sense their energy.”
What many do not understand is that normalizing this behavior serves to embrace and encourage it, much the way that normalization of strange behaviors has created groups like the leftists on Tumblr, who seem to revel in identifying themselves with a variety of mental disorders such as those on the autism spectrum and making up entire personas based on their desire to be viewed as such.
The LGBTQ community has gone from a community that focused on the idea that gays should be able to be married and get similar benefits as other couples to a community that pushes outright ridiculous notions of what should be acceptable.
@MarissaTorresTV Objectophilia is what the Lamp Lover has. Very interesting, but kinda sad that they can’t relate to actual living beings in same way. Enjoy your day!
Another question that it raises is whether or not it is alright for people with various abnormal sexual desires to live them out. What about those who want to have a sexual relationship with their pet (a practice that is still illegal in many US states)? If we accept the notion that a non-living entity such as a chandelier can somehow consent to an engagement and ‘marriage’, are we to accept the notion that animals, which cannot easily voice consent or lack thereof, are not being abused by owners who engage in abhorrent acts with them?
Years ago, prior to the passing of gay marriage legislation in the United States, when DOMA was still the law of the land, those on the religious right were fond of saying that gay marriage would be the beginning of a slippery slope concerning notions of sexuality. As more and more people find themselves okay with, or in favor of ridiculous notions like this, that argument may have been more correct than most had considered.