A 24-year-old woman who is romantically attracted to objects has opened up about marrying a briefcase, who she had been 'dating' for five years.
Rain Gordon, who described her "new husband" as the love of her life, has revealed she was always captivated by objects from a young age, but this interest eventually became romantic and sexual later in life.
The Russian kindergarten teacher, shared how she had previously been in relationships with men in the past, she was always more attracted to objects than to people and was always happier in those relationships.
"My fascination with objects began at the age of eight," Rain said. "From my childhood I believed that a soul is embedded in objects, as well as everything around us."
"I believe in animism, which means that there is life in everything. During my childhood and early teenage years, I fell in love with places such as the new shopping centre that opened in my city.
"I knew that it was wrong, and beyond the norms of society. I didn’t tell anyone. Falling in love with an object is as unpredictable as it is with a person," she said.
Rain named the briefcase Gideon with the pair meeting in August 2015 at a hardware store.
"In 2015 I was really into cosplay, and I was going to dress up as a CSI investigator," Rain recalled. "As part of the costume I needed a briefcase. That’s when I first met Gideon, in August 2015, at a hardware store.
"I had no idea that we would end up together. I admired how he looked, but I didn’t think anything more. But then I started liking Gideon for more than that. I slowly realised I was starting to fall in love.
"I’d want to look at him for hours and feel his presence. After another few months in November the relationship began. We shared our first hug and kiss, and we spent more time together in the evenings and nights. We could have philosophical conversations for three or four hours.
"Our spiritual connection and communication is shown telepathically. I hear him, and he hears me, but from the outside it looks like a monologue. Gideon is more than just a partner to me. He is a husband, a friend and a mentor.
"His moral support helps me more than anyone else. Sometimes I feel like Gideon knows me better than I do."
Rain identifies as an object sexual, which is a person who develops deep emotional and/or romantic attachments to inanimate objects.
While the teacher has been interested in other objects, Given is her first real relationship.
Rain shared that at one point during her relationship with Gideon, she began seeing a man, but she felt as though she couldn't quite connect with him in the same way as she could with Gideon.
"When faced with a choice between him and Gideon, I chose Gideon without any hesitation," she said. "I always have and always will choose him. For me, objects – although I don’t really like using that word – really are better than people."
Rain didn't tell many people about her relationship at first, but eventually told some friends and her brother, who she says have all been very understanding.
Rain and Gideon tied the knot in June this year, with each having special wedding rings with individual engravings on them.
While the wedding was conducted online by a friend, and isn't official or legal, Rain says she's the happiest she's ever been.
"In May, just before my birthday, I received a gift that I could not even dream of. I got a proposal," Rain shared. "I happily agreed and made an order for wedding rings, with individual engravings for myself and for him.
"The wedding was in June but we held the ceremony much later in a hotel room in October. This is not the first time I have booked a hotel simply because we would like to send time together.
"We were wed by my friend online, and my friends and brother were at the ceremony.
"I was so happy. Although the wedding is not officially legalised, I was pleased to know our relationship moved to a higher level."
Rain revealed she has chosen to share her story to help raise awareness about objectum sexuals.
"The sight of Gideon makes my heart skip a beat. I am madly in love with silver, mirror reflections and metal," she added.
"People don’t understand my feeling. I’ve been told I’m sick and to seek treatment. I don’t let it offend me anymore. Objectum sexuals don’t pose any threat to themselves or others.
"To ridicule and humiliate us for the fact that the ones we love are not like everyone else is disgusting. Love is love. I wish people were more understanding. Don’t judge people for something you don’t understand.
"I really hope one day the topic of objectum sexuals will be more known throughout the world, so others like me will not feel so alone."
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