This is a moment mankind has been waiting for years for. For years, sex futurists (yes.. there are sex futurists) have been predicting that the day will come when sex dolls are as good as the real thing.
Well, 2017 will apparently move us a huge step in that direction. Sex dolls planned for release in 2017 – at 15,000$ each – will features human-like genitals and synthetic skin and electronic sensors that allow them to respond to touch and movement with their own movement, vibration and reactions.
So, big deal, right?
Positively, I suppose its pretty cool that there may finally be evolving from those creepy sex toys that show up at bachelor parties and in your weird cousins’ closets. And women have a bevy of sex toys that certainly enhance their sexual experience.. men, far fewer.
But is the new tech even creepier than the old? What happens when sex dolls become – at least physically – almost as good as the real thing? It does make me worry a bit. And this is kind of serious. There is a growing sociological concern that we are experiencing a crisis in ‘maleness’. For all the good that gender equality is bringing, it is also creating a demographic of men that no longer really understands their place in society. So they drop out. I’ve seen it through work I do in traditionally macho cultures. As women have – rightly – become more equal, the men retreat into the isolation of alcohol and darkness… it can be pretty scary.
Men – not all but perhaps those drawn to sexbots – can be awkward, non self aware and have not adapted well to the powerful new role of women. I worry a bit that these dolls – or at least future robotized generations of the – may be just what it takes to keep these men permanently in their basements… getting weirder, angrier and more anti-social and dangerous. Angry, disenfranchised men can be amongst the most dangerous people in the world.
Maybe I’ve been reading too much post-apocoloiptial sci fi lately, but I’m nit sure I love where this carve, new, sex robot enhanced world may be going.
On the other hand, when my wife is away on a business trip, maybe a little synthetic company may be just the thing to get me trough a long December evening.