The Gears and Wires of Robot Sex

  • Rebecca Gibson


This chapter introduces the main theme—that sex robots have multiple uses; they fulfill our desire to create, they are physical manifestations of our storytelling natures, and they are there to be the perfect woman (and they usually are, indeed, female in form). In this chapter, Gibson unpacks some of the reasons we feel the need, as humans, to explore robotics, cybernetics, and cyborgs, rather than sticking to non-physical/fictional, but fully human, companions, and then looks at why we desire our creations and why that desire morphs into fetishization—which often has a racialized component. Finally, Gibson discusses the idea that sci-fi is both predictive and reactive, and we tell stories to explain our desires to ourselves and others.


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  • Rebecca Gibson
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  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

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