The Freud Museum


18 May 2018
7pm - 8.30pm

Guys & Dolls: Intimacy in a Technological Age

Danielle Knafo, Ph.D.

What is it that makes a doll the ideal woman in a man’s eyes? Why would a man prefer a doll to a real woman? The Pygmalion myth, in which a man creates the woman of his dreams, indicates that the appeal of a man-made woman reaches far back in time.

We are living in an age of unprecedented technological advances. These changes are influencing what it means to be human and how we relate to each other and to inanimate objects. The subculture of men whose desire is directed at high-end love dolls is discussed. Jack, who called himself an "iDollator," was living happily with his doll, Maya for 2 years. Eventually, he sought therapy.

This lecture discusses how both he and Dr. Knafo changed in the process. It also raises questions regarding the future of relational life.

Danielle Knafo, Ph.D. is a professor in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Long Island University and a supervisor and faculty member at NYU’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. She has written eight books and dozens of articles and lectured internationally on the topics of psychoanalysis, creativity, gender, trauma, psychosis, and technology. Her most recent books are Dancing with the Unconscious: The Art of Psychoanalysis and the Psychoanalysis of Art and The Age of Perversion: Desire and Technology in Psychoanalysis and Culture.

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