Sex robots are coming. There is no question about it. We’re not talking about blow up sex dolls or realistic vaginas or dildos nor are we talking about robots with metals and plastics exposed but sex robots modeled after humans. A working sex robot would be a huge technological breakthrough, especially if it has artificial intelligence, but not without backlash, which we’re already seeing plenty of.
One the one hand, sex robots promote the idea of sexual freedom. If someone wants to get off on or get it on with their sex robot, shouldn’t they be able to? But on the other hand, would sex robots be degrading to women? We say this because physically, the robot would probably have shiny long hair and an hourglass figure – perhaps a 25 inch waist, if not smaller, and C-cups, if not larger – and be completely subservient. And if men have access to a ‘woman’ that fulfills their needs more efficiently than the average woman, assuming that future generations are going to value efficiency as much as we do, wouldn’t this threaten real life relationships?
The short answer to all these questions is that is sex robots are a lot more complex than that. Here’s one way to look at it. Almost all of the questions above have an underlying heteronormativity. We are living in an age that is increasingly open to sexual fluidity so we cannot assume, first of all, that men are the only ones who would be interested in sex robots. We also cannot assume that the ones who are would be interested in female bodied sex robots. One last thing. These questions also seem to be lacking any faith in romance and intimacy, you know, the warm blooded kind.
I guess we’ll just have to see what happens. In the meantime, check out what we do know about sex robots so far, mainly those being created by Matt McMullen at Abyss Creations, LLC, including what some experts and netizens think of them.