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Vanderbilt University

Publication Date

Fall 2018

Program Name

Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender


Sexuality and technology have long been recognized as markers of the human experience. The burgeoning industry of sex robots exists at the junction of these features, making sex robot technology both a highly intriguing and highly relevant subject of research. This study explores sex robots from a technical and a theoretical perspective, analyzing the potential impact of the technology on sexual relationships in the future. Data analysis proved an emphasis on embodiment in intimate relationships, which, combined with theories of sexuality, self formation, fear, and desire, proves the potential of sex robots to function not only as the future of sex but as reflections of what makes us human, too.


Family, Life Course, and Society | Gender and Sexuality | Theory, Knowledge and Science