Thursday, July 14, 2011

Erika Eiffel

Erika "Aya" Eiffel, is an American woman who famously "married" the Eiffel Tower in a commitment ceremony in 2007. She is founder of OS Internationale, an organization for those who develop significant relationships with inanimate objects (objectophile).

An objectophile has a pronounced emotional and often romantic desire towards developing significant relationships with particular inanimate objects. Object-sexual individuals also often believe in animism, and sense reciprocation based on the belief that objects have souls, intelligence, feelings, and are able to communicate. Contrary to sexual fetishism, the object to an OS person is viewed as their partner and not as a means to an end to enhance a human sexual relationship.

She first encountered the Eiffel Tower in 2004, and felt an immediate attraction. Her love for the Eiffel Tower and long standing (20 years) relationship with the Berlin Wall are the subjects of numerous newspaper articles and television documentaries. Regarding the attraction of herself and other similar people to inanimate objects, she is reported by ABC News as saying that she and others "[...] feel an innate connection to objects. It comes perfectly normal to us to connect on various levels, emotional, spiritual and also physical for some."

After serving enlisted in the US Air Force, Erika earned a congressional nomination to the US Air Force Academy in 1993 where her training to become an officer was interrupted by a sexual assault in which she defended herself with a Japanese training sword. Her case was cited as having thorough evidence to prosecute as her assailant admitted the assault to Air Force investigators. However, Erika was given a medical discharge for PTSD due to her unwillingness to give up sleeping with the sword that had protected her.

Her object relationship with Lance, her competition bow, helped her to become a world-class archer. Archery started for Erika in 1999 while living in Japan and she won various national tournaments. Due to citizenship restrictions, Erika returned to the US in 2003 to vie for a spot on the US World Archery Team. In her US debut, she participated in qualifying national team tournaments shooting compound bow and won first place in both the FITA and Olympic rounds at all three 2003 National Cup tournaments: Arizona Cup, Texas Shootout, and Gold Cup. Following her sweep she went on to win gold and break the FITA team record with Team USA at the 42nd World Target Championships in New York City.

Occupation: Archer
Known for: Archery, marriage to the Eiffel Tower, relationship with Berlin Wall
Partner: Eiffel Tower (m. 2007–present)