Implications of Sex Robots

14 Oct 2014

System Diagram



Metonymy - electricity for secretions - metal for secretions - metal for patriarchy - metal for dominance

Conflation - transistors && errogenous zones

- Fleshlights and motors

Speculation - Sex robots marketed to replace need for prostitution

- marketed as solution to sex trafficking

Mimicry - Mimic the IEET, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies - mimic advocates for post-genderism, who believe that the cyborg is post-gender

Robot Ethics

The Post-Genderism article from the IEET

Bottom line I am offended by the posit that the cyborg would be a solution to the gender binary, that it would quality as post-gender. Humans have explored gender beyond the binary. Drag, burlesque, clothing as body modification helps to achieve this.

Using the Fleshlight with the iPad

Tenga's male sex toy for OculusRift

All this stuff is very penis-centric and in context hetreo-man centric. For the context of this project, critiquing the ways our society places an unequal burden on women to resposible for sex. To act responsibly in regards to sex. That anything bad that happens is because a woman failed to do something right.

Woman as incubus of disease!!!!!!!

Implications of advanced robotics on sex workers

Possible Slogans:

How the fight against sex trafficking usually harms and disenfranchises sex workers

From the article by Molly Crabapple:

Project Rose is a Phoenix city program that arrests sex workers in the name of saving them. In five two-day stings, more than 100 police officers targeted alleged sex workers on the street and online. They brought them in handcuffs to the Bethany Bible Church. There, the sex workers were forced to meet with prosecutors, detectives, and representatives, of Project ROSE, who offered a diversion program to those who qualified. Those who did not may face months or years in jail.

This is chilling:

Project ROSE is the creation of Dr. Dominique Roe-Sepowitz. She is the director of the Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research

NY Cops will arrest you for carrying condoms: You are more likely to be stopped if you are trans.

The Somaly Mam Debacle

Somaly Mam exposed as a fraud

White savior complex re: sex trafficking

"The Red Light and The Cloud: A history of the future of sex work"

The Red Light, like a review on The Ultimate Strip Club List, is a message exchanged between men. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has warded off the criminalization of online sex ads Also from the article: "One of my more memorable email exchanges of this year was with the FBI field office in Denver. They’d just issued a press release marking what they deemed a successful sex trafficking investigation, netting twenty-two arrests—all adult women working as escorts. No sex trafficking charges were filed, their spokesman confirmed for me, only state and local prostitution-related charges. Their target wasn’t a “trafficking ring” (a phrase now almost as void of fact as the word “brothel”), but an online message board, where escorts privately shared information about dangerous customers."

The Aphrodite Project

EFF's Guide to help sex workers protect their anonymity online

Questions: - unintended human consequences: - who will sex robot marginalize? Sex workers. Women. - context - in which system does this exist? - do we need to deal with this system? - how could the posters deal with it? - we want to keep the humor

The call: the IEET

Another point

new digital tech's failure to address the needs and potential of sex workers.

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