Men made up 99 percent of members at Pine Valley Golf Club in Camden County, NJ by July 2021 (three out of 700 were women). The State of New Jersey filed a lawsuit against the club this week, claiming that it had engaged in gender discrimination for nearly all of its 108-year history and restricted ladies from becoming members. After NJ began its inquiry in April 2021, Pine Valley began accepting female members.
“When we’re together, she makes me smile. In that sense, she’s real.”
Akihiko Kondo, a 38-year-old Japanese man, is one of a growing number of "fictosexuals," or individuals who are sexually attracted to fictional characters. He married the computer-synthesized pop star Hatsune Miku in 2018 and believes she helped him get out of depression. Thousands of people in Japan have entered into such marriages with made-up personalities in recent decades, according to the NYT.
In defense of friction. (Gabriel Kahane: Words & Music)