Female maskers, also known as 'dolls', are a hidden community of ordinary family men who lead extraordinary double lives, dressing up in elaborate rubber suits as they strive to become their own ideal fantasy woman. There are thousands of female maskers all over the world, but most have kept their secret behind closed doors.
This documentary enters this private world, meeting the men coming to terms with what has, for many, become an all-consuming hobby, spending thousands of hours and hundreds of pounds creating their alter-egos.
Seventy-year-old Robert lives in a suburban mansion in California. After ten years of marriage, he was recently divorced. He now shares his house with his teenage daughter and keeps his hobby private.
For six years, Robert has spent every spare moment becoming 'Sherry'. Having spent years doing this in private, Robert has made a big decision: soon he will take Sherry into the big wide world for the first time, when he attends a secret gathering of female maskers in Minneapolis, Rubberdoll Rendezvous.
The organiser of the Rubberdoll Rendezvous is Jon, aka 'Jennifer', a forklift operator and father of six.
British bartender Joel and his girlfriend Mel are moving in together for the first time. Until now, Joel has hidden his 15 years of female masking from his parents, but with his newfound freedom he intends to make up for lost time. His first challenge is to reveal his alter ego, 'Jessie', to his closest friends. But their emotional reaction isn't quite what he expected.
The film also meets the manufacturers, Femskin, a family-run firm in America's Bible Belt who developed an ultra-light wearable female body-suit and who are struggling to keep up with demand.
Airing on January 6th on Channel 4 in the UK, this eye-opening documentary hopes to delve into the secretive world of 'female masking'...
From the description...
SECRETS OF THE LIVING DOLLS airs 10pm, Monday January 6th 2014 on Channel 4 in the UK.
Did a very quick experiment with the new iMovie on my Mac so I can start getting back into doing little video stories once again!
VIP members can check it out below!
Very quick and easy update... some people had some simple requests so I obliged and now there is one picture of me wearing glasses and one of me wearing no wig in the Jessica section!
Glad I could be of assistance! Any more requests, just put them in the comments! :-)
As a former resident of the United States it makes me very happy to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Personally I have a lot to say thank you for both in my personal life and my masking life... I'm truly blessed by the kindness, love, support, and generosity of you all.
So please enjoy Thanksgiving with those around you that make you a better person, and enjoy the Black Friday sales! ;-)
Hiya! I don't know how I stumbled upon this article, but I thought it was quite interesting...
In it, Ray Blanchard (a sex researcher, clinical psychologist, and professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto) muses on whether female masking is a fetish or is linked to sexual orientation (read the article here).
It got me thinking on my own reasons for masking - as a way of expressing another side of my personality in a way I don't feel I can in everyday life and so clearly it's a fetish for me. I'm straight, I like men, I'm not a lesbian, it's quite clear. But then I did stop and think about this quote...
"... have a particular kind of erotic fantasy of themselves as women—as exaggerated, stylized, cartoon-like women. Indeed, the site features photos of men masked as women and dressed as Batgirl and Spider Woman."
I guess I do have a fantasy about this! When I was younger I was quite introverted, I wouldn't be the centre of attention ever but would still be sociable and want to be more confident but feared that others would scoff. Through the anonymity of masking I found that that jump to becoming more extroverted and confident was personified by the kind of superheroines and characters I'd grown up with - Batgirl, She-Ra, the agents from Mission: Impossible etc..
I'd love to know what others think though as I've never really asked that question before...
"When you mask, do you want to be an exaggerated 'doll' (in essence becoming a 'super' version of the female form you have in your head) or are you on an ultimate quest for a truly seamless disguise (ie.. one where you can 'be' a woman without others ever knowing the truth)."
So this is the subject of this month's poll - quite simply "Why do you mask?"...
ALL VOTING IS ANONYMOUS