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Technology & Substitutes

The Asymmetrical ‘Relationship’: Parallels Between Prostitution and the Development of Sex Robots

The asymmetrical 'relationship': parallels between prostitution and the development of sex robotsFull Article Title: The Asymmetrical ‘Relationship’: Parallels Between Prostitution and the Development of Sex Robots

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Abstract

In this paper I examine the model of asymmetrical ‘relationship’ that is imported from prostitution-client sex work to human-robot sex. Specifically, I address the arguments proposed by David Levy who identifies prostitution/sex work as a model that can be imported into human-robot sex relations. I draw on literature in anthropology that deals with the anthropomorphism of nonhuman things and the way that things reflect back to us gendered notions of sexuality. In the final part of the paper I propose that prostitution is no ordinary activity and relies on the ability to use a person as a thing and this is why parallels between sex robots and prostitution are so frequently found by their advocates.

    Citation

    Richardson, K. (2016). The asymmetrical ‘relationship’: parallels between prostitution and the development of sex robots. Acm Sigcas Computers and Society, 45(3), 290–293. https://doi.org/10.1145/2874239.2874281