A peer-reviewed paper recently published in the International Journal of Social Robotics argues that sex robots should be programmed to decide whether or not they consent to their owner’s sexual advances.
University of Wollongong PhD student Anco Peeters and Radboud University Professor Pim Haselager say that the move would help the “cultivation of compassion.”
“Like consenting humans, a robot and its human partner will have to communicate carefully about the kind of interaction that will take place,” Peeters and Haselager write. “And like in a relationship between humans, this communication could potentially result in the robot sometimes not consenting and terminating the interaction.”
In other words, these academics believe sex robots — inanimate objects designed solely for sexual pleasure, like a dildo — should be able to stop sexual interactions at their non-existing will.
The internet wouldn’t have it, and have been mocking the proposal on social media all day.
“Man, between this and fictional characters, it seems like feminism’s next frontier will be making sure that inanimate objects that remotely resemble women have more rights than living, breathing men,” one Twitter user said.
Man, between this and fictional characters, it seems like feminism's next frontier will be making sure that inanimate objects that remotely resemble women have more rights than living, breathing men.
— Professor Icepick (@Prof_Icepick) October 4, 2019
Other users mentioned that “consenting sex robots” will actually normalize non-consensual sex — it’s not illegal (yet) to “rape” a robot.
“I’m no expert here, but wouldn’t programming them to always consent more effectively prevent the normalisation of non-consensual sex?” a Twitter user noted.
I'm no expert here, but wouldn't programming them to always consent more effectively prevent the normalisation of non-consensual sex?
— Malleable Reality (@MalleablReality) October 4, 2019
“Ok, so the robot says no and they go ahead and sex em up anyways, that normalizes rape. The robot that never said no isn’t getting raped,” asks another.
Ok, so the robot says no and they go ahead and sex em up anyways, that normalizes rape. The robot that never said no isn't getting raped. O wait, it's a robot, I'll do what I want with it.
— Blackwater (@FamiliarDaemon) October 4, 2019
Feminist ire for sex toys for men isn’t a new phenomenon, with some feminists attempting to outright ban all sex dolls bearing a female likeness.
Last year, Feminist Current writer Megan Walker went on a long-winded rant against sex dolls and received over 13 thousand interactions on social media.
“Let’s be clear. There is nothing harmless about ‘sex dolls.’ They represent the ultimate debasement of women,” Walker wrote.
“They represent yet another level of society’s detachment from its responsibility to value, respect, and protect women. ‘Sex dolls’ are a manifestation of porn culture and the male dominant society’s belief that it needs to do whatever it can to make sure men can have sex when and however they want it no matter at what cost.”
LULZ reached out to New Real Peer Review, a group that exposes academia’s most laughable output, and they said that feminist fear of men’s pleasure is nothing new: “The general idea that men consume media that makes them worse people and especially bad with regards to women dates back to old time radical feminists like Dworkin and the alarmist low-quality science of one Cline (a big fellow back in the day, now deservedly forgotten).”
“This type of concern [sex robots potentially turning men into rapists] is isomorphic to the “porn causes rape or at least misogyny” concern that has completely failed to materialize. If anything, there are indications opposite might be the case.”
Robots.net has previously reported that Japanese sex clubs have already started employing robots, and meanwhile RealDolls’ Abyss Creations — who recently showed off ‘Solana’ at CES ’18 to great reviews — is based in California. Are we going to see an arms race between feminist and Japanese sexbots next?
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