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John Danaher
2019 Unknown
AI Love You - Studies on Human-Robot Intimate Relationships
Building better sex robots: Lessons from Feminist Pornography
Springer
Dordrecht
In Press
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Optional Fields
Feminism; pornography; sexbots; objectification; commodification; subordination; anti-porn; sex positive feminism
How should we react to the development of sexbot technology? Taking their cue from anti-porn feminism, several academic critics lament the development of sexbot technology, arguing that it objectifies and subordinates women, is likely to promote misogynistic attitudes toward sex, and may need to be banned or restricted. In this chapter I argue for an alternative response. Taking my cue from the sex positive ‘feminist porn’ movement, I argue that the best response to the development of ‘bad’ sexbots is to make better ones. This will require changes to the content, process and context of sexbot development. Doing so will acknowledge the valuable role that technology can play in human sexuality, and allow us to challenge gendered norms and assumptions about male and female sexual desire. This will not be a panacea to the social problems that could arise from sexbot development, but it offers a more realistic and hopeful vision for the future of this technology in a pluralistic and progressive society.
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Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy, Humanities in Context, Informatics, Physical and Computational Sciences