The Dark Side of Sex: Sexbots and the New Misogyny?


“The Android, as we’ve said, is only the first hours of Love, immobilized, the hour of the ideal made eternal prisoner.”
― Villiers de L’Isle-Adam, Tomorrow’s Eve

Misogyny is as old as the Greeks. Oppression of women by male-dominated androcratic societies is still prevalent in the global civilization of our present era. Men thrive on domination and hatred, fear and fascination of their opposing sex.

Reading an article by misogynist Milo Yiannopoulos (** see Addendum below) on the latest trend in Sexbots the blatant over-the-tope misogyny comes through loud and clear: “In the short term, sexbots will be good news for dudes. For one thing, with a robot, men know the orgasm will be fake, so it removes the performance anxiety of trying to make the grade. … When you introduce a low-cost alternative to women that comes without all the nagging, insecurity and expense, frankly men are going to leap in headfirst.”

Why? Why so much fear and hatred? As Monica Sjoo and Barbara Mor define it the past four thousand years has been accomplished via the “total physical and ideological repression of the female body”.1 The next stage depends on the total physical and economic mechanization of the female body. The global assembly line turning out consumer junk and human consumers (and human-replacing robots) will be the great machine mother of the world— with the eggs, uteruses, and hormone systems of living women attached to it, one way or another, in servomechanistic functions. The current rage for female bodies trussed up in chains, discipline-frames, and even rubber-and-metal garter belts turns some people on specifically because it mechanizes female flesh. The media mechanizes female flesh by making it available directly to the brain via disembodied light technology. A good deal of contemporary pornography has to do, not with the eroticization of the flesh, but with the eroticization of the mechanization of the flesh— she wears all the metallic jewelry of torture. Increasing numbers of men in the world today are turned on solely, or primarily, by torture’s metalloid-mechanistic thrills. The triumph of the anal-sadistic-necrophilic machine equals the total mechanization of the female body: She is screwed by machine, and she reproduces mechanically. (ibid., p. 383)

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