SEX DOLLS TEND TO MORE THAN JUST LONELY HEARTS
Chinese men are embracing life-sized dolls for more than their sexual needs. Wi Xingliang, an expert in the sex doll industry, says there are more than 50 types of dolls available, which can be customised with different eye and hair colours, gures and even skin texture. The men give their dolls names and personalities, but it’s not all creepy sex games. Song Bo, one of China’s most well-known doll enthusiasts, got his rst doll after being diagnosed with a cyst in his head. Not wanting to get married or have children with his potentially fatal health diagnosis, he got a doll to keep as his daughter. Stockbroker Zhang Fan, 36, bought a doll to be ‘the female version’ of himself, while 58-year-old Li Chen says his keeps him ‘youthful and energetic’. The dolls can cost as much as 15 000 Chinese yuan (about R32 000).