The Asymmetrical ‘Relationship’: Parallels Between Prostitution and the Development of Sex Robots.
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. (2015) The Asymmetrical ‘Relationship’: Parallels Between Prostitution and the Development of Sex Robots. Published on the ACM Digital Library as a special issue of the ACM SIGCAS newsletter. SIGCAS Computers & Society, Sept 2015, 45 (3), pp. 290-293
Research Group : Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility
Research Institute : Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR)
Peer Reviewed : No