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New in G+C: Constanze Erhard on Sex Robots

AI-equipped sexbots are framed as 'perfect companions'. However, the question arises as to what kind of companionship the conception and consumption of these sexbots entails. This article explores the structural position of sexbots and the specific concepts of sexuality, intimacy and care connected to it. It argues that sexbots are providers of sexualised care work, a convergence that needs to be understood in the broader analysis of sexuality and care in post-industrial theories of sexuality. Through its promise of sexual fulfilment, emotional support and care, the sexbot enforces masculinities and does therefore not represent a posthumanist project (at the moment).

Erhard, Constanze. "Emotional (Tech) Support: Sexualised Care Work and Robotic Sexualities." Genealogy+Critique 8, no. 1 (2022): 1–25. DOI: 10.16995/gc.7990

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