People who prefer cyber-sex to human sex dolls in 2020 total information


In December last year, Akihiko Kondo, a 35-year-old Japanese man, married a hologram. Before that, in China, Engineer Zheng Jiajia had married a sex robot he built himself and is now making them for other men. In December 2016, a French woman had declared her intention to marry a robot she had married and 3D-printed.

These are only a few of the more famous cases of what researchers say is a rising tribe — of ‘bisexual

Digisexuals are people who feel sexual attraction towards robots or other tools of ‘digital’ sexual gratification, often preferring them over human beings.

In fact, brothels of sex dolls exist in Japan, Spain, South Korea — so people are willing to pay to have sex with robots instead of human beings.

Can demisexuality be treated as just another sexual identity?

Kondo, who married the hologram, says asking bisexual to choose human partners is wrong. “It’s as if you were trying to talk a gay man into dating a woman,” he was quoted as saying.

Can sex dolls, robots, and the many other variants of digital sex play a constructive role? Or is this a dangerous trend that will further cut people off from each other and mess up gender interactions?

Digi-sex can range from realistic-looking dolls that are human-like to the touch, to those who can ‘talk back’, to more elaborate services that do involve humans, but in a merely functional role, with technology being the star of the act, as it were. A BBC report talks of an oral sex service which “allows users to experience a virtual blowjob from a choice of camgirls on a live sex cam site. The ‘cam girl’ basically fellates a vibrating dildo that’s been hacked to collect sensory data. The user then wears an internet-connected sleeve, or ‘fleshlight’, which takes the same sensory data from the cam girl’s dildo.”

Those who support such technological innovations say sex robots (using the term as a loose collective noun for all such services) can help lonely people, be used for sex education, and be used as ‘practice tools’ to improve self-esteem and confidence. Suggestions have even been made to use them for therapy in care homes.

However, using sex robots for specific functions is different from coining a whole sexual identity around them — and the blurring of this line is dangerous.

First, robots reduce sex to a consumer service. Sex is not just about having one’s own needs satisfied, it is as much about the giving of pleasure as taking it. A doll would make the sex totally one-sided, not a trend we need to encourage.

Second, it disconnects the act of sex from all emotions. Sex is often an expression of intimacy, a celebration of connecting. Reducing it to its most mechanical is just that — a reduced version of the sexual experience.

And then, of course, is the gender angle to it — the customers of sex dolls are overwhelmingly male (one study says the average sex doll owner is a managed 40-65). The gap begins from the supply side — there are far more female robots available than male ones. And the female dolls are meant only for heterosexual men, they do not perform functions that would sexually satisfy a woman.


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