There’s a Group That Wants to Stop You From Banging Robots
By now everyone’s pretty familiar with the Stop Masturbation Now campaign. As artificial intelligence starts sweeping across every aspect of our lives, masturbation might soon be a thing of the past. Thanks of course to sex robots! Enter the Campaign Against Sex Robots: the people who want to stop you from banging robots.
If you haven’t seen anything from the Stop Masturbation Now website, you need to check it out. With article titles like “How to Spot a Masturbator” and “Masturbation Rates Up In Areas Hit By Blizzard: What Can You Do To Stay Safe” it’s one of those things where you can’t tell for sure if it’s real or satire.
Unfortunately I’m pretty certain it’s real. I never underestimate religious extremists. But that’s just the thing about the Stop Masturbation Now campaign, it’s organized by the religious extremists. The opposite seems true for the Campaign Against Sex Robots: it looks organized by feminists with way too much time on their hands.
So this organization campaigns against banging robots for a few reasons. They seem to believe that sex robots will intensify gender roles, encourage child sex trafficking, and encourage prostitution in general. This is done by trying to draw a connection between prostitution and sex robots. Oh, and they’ve published a scholarly paper on the topic at the ACM Digital Library.
Now arguing the ethics of prostitution and sex work is an entirely different topic for another time. But this group is arguing that banging robots will normalize and encourage sex work in the real world. Which will ultimately cause violence against already marginalized groups like women and children. (Interestingly enough I didn’t see a lick of concern for the trans community on the website.)
I mean this is certainly a legitimate concern. But is it justified? Probably not. On one hand it could decrease the need for human sex work. Women are less likely than men to pay for sex. Is this because women feel less shame about buying and using sex toys? Could sex robots stop men from seeking out paid sex? Probably.
But on the other hand, this brings up a lot of questions we’re eventually going to have to confront as a society. Where do you draw the line with sex robots? You might be cool with people banging robots, but what if those robots look like children? Or animals? Should these types of robots be illegal? Sure, sex with children and animals is very very wrong. But these aren’t actual animals or children– they’re robots. At the same time this doesn’t mean that people are suddenly going to be attracted to animals and children.
It’s hard to say how any of this will play out until after it happens. Either way, I can think of about 100 better causes to devote your time to than trying to stop people from banging robots.