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In their editorial,1 Cox-George and Bewley promote a one-sided and negative view of sex robots (‘sexbots’), which they describe as “realistic mannequins with variable ages, appearances and textures, and customisable oral, vaginal and anal openings”. Three things about this editorial particularly concern me.
First, Cox-George and Bewley seem to have constructed a series of objections to sex robots based on their dislike and disapproval of them. Their editorial is full of medico-political attempts to stigmatise or even criminalise those who use sex robots – with arguments about “misogynistic objectification” of women and intensification of “existing physical and sexual violence against women and children”.1
Why should the use of an entirely synthetic, non-human sex robot have any negative connotations? …
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