One of the 'living dolls' featured in the programme. Pictured - channel4.com
SECRETS of the Living Dolls - a new documentary about men who transform themselves into dolls has caused a bit of a stir.There is a huge amount of chatter online about the new Channel 4 programme which exposes a very, very odd world and was screened for the first time last night.BELOW: WARNING! Bad language in the video below:
It looks into the secretive world of 'female masking', where men transform themselves into dolls by squeezing into a second skin.
Female maskers, also known as 'dolls', are seemingly 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. The documentary meets 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.
One of the people featured is Seventy-year-old Robert who 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, he has spent every spare moment becoming 'Sherry'.
Having spent years doing this in private, Robert makes a big decision - to take Sherry to 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. Another person featured is British bartender Joel who decides to reveal his aletr ego ‘Jessie’ to his friends after moving in to a new home with his girlfriend Mel for the first time. The film also meets manufacturer Femskin, a family-run firm in America's Bible Belt which developed an ultra-light wearable female body-suit and is struggling to keep up with demand.Secrets of the Living Dolls is available on 4OD and can be seen again tomorrow on Channel 4 at 11.05pm.PICTURES - Channel4.comWhat people have been saying on Twitter: