Should we draw the line at sex robots? Dr Eve discusses the complicated ethics

Sex robots (sexbots) are the latest craze to hit the sex tech world.

Clinical sexologist Dr Eve says while there is room for sexbots in society, they still raise many social and ethical questions.

Read: Do you hide your kinks and fantasies? Exploring sexuality authenticity disorder

Dr Eve explains that there isn't a lot of scientific evidence around the new sex tech because it is still so unknown.

Sexbots have artificial intelligence (AI) which allows them to respond to different scenarios.

Customers are able to customise the sexbots in terms of race, gender and size - from the size of their genitals to the size of their breasts and mouth.

Also read: Yes. Sex robots normalise the objectification of women, Lebo Ramafoko explains

Many have raised concerns that the sexbots commercialise and objectify women's bodies.

There are also fears that sexbots encourage users to bypass sexual consent.

The sexbots currently retail at around $20 000 (about R295 934).

There are even “paedobots” on the market, childlike robotic models, which Dr Eve has taken issue with.

Read more: 10 misconceptions about sex that thwart consent (and some complicated scenarios)

These are robots that look like people.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

A sexbot is humanoid in external appearance. It's different from a sex toy and different from a sex doll, which isn't humanoid.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

The disturbing part for me is how customised they are.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

They are able to engage with you and are programmed to have conversations.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

The disturbing thing for me is the customisation.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

Samantha has a mode where she can say 'No, I'm not in the mood'.

Dr Eve, clinical sexologist

Dr Eve and listeners discuss how sexbots may complicate intimacy, relationships, and social norms.

Visit Dr Eve's website for more.

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Image credit: Screenshot from Channel Breaking on Youtube.


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