There will be a time when everyone will get fed up and break up their relationship with the other forever. But do they go and marry an inanimate object?
Erika La Tour Eiffel is madly in love. Her partner resides in Paris and is the tall, strong and silent type. Their intimate relationship has been a real challenge.. Her spouse, after all, is the Eiffel Tower.
Erika is one of a handful of people around the world called “objectum sexuals” – people who fall in love with inanimate objects. The term “objectum sexual” was coined by a Swedish woman named Eija-Riitta Berliner-Mauer, who married the Berlin Wall in the 1970s, according to the documentary.
It is documented that Erika is “The Woman Who Married the Eiffel Tower,” she is shown hugging her “husband” and professing love for him, or it.
As an ex US army soldier, she was sexually abused while growing up and was diagnosed with a chronic post-traumatic stress disorder. After “marrying” the iconic structure, Erika actually changed her surname to La Tour Eiffel. In the documentary, she discusses her relationship with the Parisian landmark, and also claims to be madly in love. Surprisingly the Tower isn’t her first love. Previously she was in love with Lance, which was a bow, and during that relationship, she became a world champion in archery.
Objectum sexuals can have tremendous difficulty forming a relationship with another person, says psychologist Dorothea Hover-Kramer, which may be why they turn to objects.
“People get carried away and it can get a little excessive,” she says. “Normally we form attachments to other people and to pets. But sometimes people can get very attached to their jewelry or to their home. The attachment to inanimate objects is definitely a distortion of more than a normal bonding.”