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Beware the extension of porn culture January 15, 2010

Posted by Summerspeaker in Feminism, Transhumanism.
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A New Jersey company claims to the dubious distinction of selling the world first sex robot. Unfortunately, the transhumanist community has a passionate love affair with these devices. Articles such Hank Hyena’s herald sexbots as one of the great wonders of the Singularity. I’ve yet to see anything but uncritical cheerleading on this topic. Given the widespread acceptance of the modern pornography industry, I guess this shouldn’t surprise me. Under this mindset, creating perfectly obedient human mimics to fuck seems only natural. That’s not the future I dream of. Mainstream porn is horribly misogynistic and part of that global human rights crisis know as the patriarchy. While sexbots could theoretically improve things be taking over from human sex workers and thus reducing the suffering involved, we can do better than that. As transhumanists, there’s no reason for us to enshrine current oppressive sexual norms. Instead of building sexbots for corporate profits, we should leverage technology for a feminist revolution that smashes the gender distinction itself and establishes a new egalitarian sexuality.

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1. LW - July 1, 2010

How are these any different from dildos? And how is mainstream porn misogynistic? I’m a porn-loving woman and a a vast majority of strait porn is a man sexual satisfying a willing woman.

Or does this tie in with the feminist claim that since I’m a woman I’m too stupid to know what sex is and therefore can only be the victim of rape since I’m incapable of judging what’s good for myself and therefore will only have relationships with sexually abusive men? Or prehaps you think these things of porn stars and liek to see them as victims of some form of oppression?

Either way way; sex is great. Porn is great. If someone wants sex toys to have more fun then all the power to them.

2. Summerspeaker - July 1, 2010

How are these any different from dildos?

Dildos don’t resemble people. At most, they imitate a single organ.

And how is mainstream porn misogynistic?

Robert Jensen provides some analysis the misogyny in mainstream pornography in this article. Joyce Wu explores the racism and sexism in industry here. This video provides a long-winded but detailed analysis.

Or prehaps you think these things of porn stars and liek to see them as victims of some form of oppression?

As an anarchist, I consider all workers oppressed by definition.

3. Ray Manta - July 2, 2010


A New Jersey company claims to the dubious distinction of selling the world first sex robot.

The linebacker shoulders are a bit offputting, but it’s a good first effort. I’m curious as to what 20 years of progress will bring.


Instead of building sexbots for corporate profits, we should leverage technology for a feminist revolution that smashes the gender distinction itself and establishes a new egalitarian sexuality.

If we’re going to have egalitarian sexuality, why can’t we welcome men who have sex with robots into the fold? Shouldn’t it be celebrated as part of our sexual diversity?

4. Summerspeaker - July 2, 2010

If said sex with robots affirms male supremacy and thereby further oppression, no it should not be celebrated.


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