There are three differences a decade or two has made for sexual perverts who used to sneak away to look at a playboy magazine but now look to silicone objects for sex toys. While there's been a transition from 2-D to 3-D, an increase in cost, and a new openness about participation, ...the perversion has not changed.
I find the following statements interesting in the article High-End, Anatomically Correct RealDolls Get Exposure in New 'Lars' Film:
"But whereas Lars is delusional and believes the doll is alive, most doll owners "know where to draw the line," McKay says."
"Lars and the Real Girl," an offbeat, surprisingly chaste comedy about a lonely introvert (Ryan Gosling) and Bianca, the silicone object of his affection.
"The dolls 'inspire imagination,' he says. 'You put what you think into the doll, so you're projecting part of yourself onto this inanimate creature and making her seem more lifelike.'"
Conclusion: There's nothing new under the sun! Only more of it and new methods of carrying it out. (Hasn't that been written somewhere?)