Saturday, December 29, 2012

A Brave New World Indeed

In a previous blog post, I published an article about a movie entitled Lars and the Real Girl. The plot of that movie involved a young man and his anatomically correct sex doll, which he treated as if it was a real woman.

I looked up the phrase Sex Doll at Wikipedia, and I found the following quote when I read the article to be found at that page.
In June 2006, Henrik Christensen of the European Robotics Research Network told the UK's Sunday Times that "people are going to be having sex with robots within five years."
Hmmm, something tells me that the robots will not look much like R2D2 or C3PO from the movie Star Wars. By the way, if Christensen's projections are on schedule, then we should soon start to see these sex robots at the local mall, or more likely, on a website where such robots will be sold.
To those who think that sexual intercourse should be something involving two real human beings, not something involving one human being and a robot, the prospect of a sex robot (or a sex machine, to quote an old James Brown song title) may seem positively frightening and repugnant.

But look at it this way: A robot will never, ever, ever get pregnant. So a sex robot will never "need" an abortion (not that there aren't plenty of viable alternatives to abortion for women who find themselves pregnant with babies they do not want).

Maybe sex robots will save a lot of human lives which might otherwise be snuffed out at local abortion clinics. And frankly, the kind of men most likely to have sex with women to whom they have made no lifelong commitments are, in a sense, treating their real biological women as if they are machines which exist for the sake of giving physical pleasure to men.
The problem is not men who treat sex dolls as if they are real women (as did Lars in the aforementioned movie). The problem is men who treat real women as if they are sex dolls. Or sex robots, as the case may be.

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