Some few years ago, the idea of sex robots was but a remote possibility, something close to science fiction. But this is no longer the case! Companies have come up with robots that will offer humans not just sexual pleasure, but also do so in a way that greatly resembles the real thing. From making the sounds and talks common during sex, these robots are designed to revolutionalize how people view sex and sex toys in particular. But this new invention is facing unprecedented opposition from activists who argue that the robots may have negative effects on the society.
One of the activists in the frontline against Sex Robots is Kathleen Richardson, who is a robot analyst at De Montfort University in Leicester, in the UK. She says that these robots can be confused by most people as ordinary toys that will help reduce the demand for sex workers, and other vices associated with the sex trade. But upon closer consideration, things are a bit more complicated.
“But then as I researched the subject more I found that the opposite was true—that rather than reduce the objectification of women, children and also men and transgender people, these robots would contribute and reinforce their position in society (as objects).”
Richardson further suggests that these robots are nothing more than sex paraphernalia that will help reinforce the negative perception of women as mere sex objects.
Although sex toys and dolls are not a new phenomenon, what’s different about these robots is the fact they are made so much like a real woman; human size, and the ability to moan, whine, even whisper some nice words during sex with a man. In China, sex robots made of rubber, silicone, and other soft materials are common with clients from all over the world. They are given feminine names, and the buyer is made to feel like they really own a real woman.
One of the leading companies making sex robots is True Companion, a company famous for making the first sex robot in the world. The robot was named Roxxy, and could among other things have an orgasm. Did you hear that? Yes, a robot capable of having an orgasm! Roxxy was hailed as a robot that was capable of identifying the user’s tastes, likes, dislikes, favorite styles, and so on so forth.
“Roxxxy provides physical and sexual pleasure but also provides social interaction and engagement,” said Douglas Hines, the brains behind Roxxy. “It’s customizing technology to provide a perfect partner – she’s not meant to replace a real partner but is meant as a supplement,” he added.
Hines also added that that the invention of Sex robots was a nice idea and would help reduce domestic and sexual abuse, even sex trafficking.
However, not everyone seems to agree. Erik Billing, a Senior lecturer at a University in Sweden recently told CNBC that he had reservations about the so called sex robots. He argues that this phenomenon of sex robots was part of a global trend occasioned by the internet; people can shop from home, live alone and work from home. These are other social impacts of the internet, despite research showing that human being’s need of contact with others is essential.
“Introducing sex robots that could replace partners is the extreme of this trend, where we start to objectify our human relationships,” he concluded.