Female sex robots more dangerous than you think
The ad for Roxxxy TrueCompanion, a sex robot with programmable personalities, including one called Frigid Farrah that simulates being raped, has sparked a moral debate about sexual assault.
Frigid Farrah does not reproduce consent and “allows everyone to realise their most private sexual dreams”.
Another personality, Young Yoko, is described as “oh so young [barely 18] and waiting for you to teach her”. The New York Times reported that Abyss Creations in California ships up to 600 hyperrealistic sex dolls around the world every year.
Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, condemned the product, saying that rape was a violent crime, not an act of sexual passion.
“We should no more be encouraging rapists to find a supposedly safe outlet for it than we should facilitate murder by giving murderers realistic, bloodspurting dummies to stab,” Bates said.
“Their creators are selling far more than an inanimate sex aid. They are reproducing real women, complete with everything – except autonomy.”
The robots highlight the repercussions of normalising sexual crime and, in Bates’ view, the product worsens the misunderstood area of consent.
The Foundation for Responsible Robotics, founded by Noel Sharkey, a professor of artificial intelligence and robotics in the UK, to explore areas such as how robots affect sex crimes, warned of the ethical implications regarding sex robots. Sharkey found that some people believed it was better to rape robots than people.
A survey by UK company Nesta found that more than a quarter of those it surveyed would date a robot.
“Robots don’t have any emotion. People bond with robots, but it’s a one-way street. You’re loving an artefact that can’t love you back, and that’s sad,” Sharkey said.