Can you be turned on by a statue?

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Gaydar Blog
11 May 2024

One of the things that we like to do when travelling – visiting cities around the world – is to check out the museums and galleries. In particular, we always enjoy admiring their statues.

We like to think that we’re appreciating the craftsmanship, the technique, the smooth lines of the marble that evoke a different time, a different place, a different world. An alternative explanation is that we could be experiencing a mild case of agalmatophilia.

Agalmatophilia is the word used to describe the sexual attraction to a statue. There’s lots of variations and extremes that fall within the classification of agalmatophilia – from a desire for sexual contact with the statue, to a fantasy of having a sexual encounter with the subject of the statue, to wanting to watch sexual encounters between statues, or even the fantasy of being transformed into a statue.

The first documented case of agalmatophilia was published in 1877, when Richard von Krafft-Ebing described the case of a gardener who fell in love with a statue of the Venus de Milo and was discovered attempting to have sex with it.

We’re very much at the vanilla end of that spectrum. We really like looking at statues of men. We’re always particularly impressed by the work of the Greek sculptors  –  they really knew how to use a block of marble to capture the physicality, strength, and beauty of a man.

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