We are approaching the stage of civilization when people are becoming more tolerant of each other's objects of affections.
The question some philosophers are asking, though, is: "What if that object is an object?"
I confess to have occasionally felt a frisson of affection for inanimate things. They might have been cars, clothes, or the British when they speak.
However, I have never really considered what it would be like to have an exclusive relationship with something that doesn't talk back, breathe, snore, or tell me to put on a tie.