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$7,000 Talking Sex Doll Raises Disturbing Questions

$7,000 Talking Sex Doll Raises Disturbing Questions

I never thought I’d have to ask this question, but why on earth would anyone purchase a $7,000 sex doll?  According to CNN, it’s because to some men, this doll (classily named “Roxxxy”), is the perfect woman: “She’s a willowy 5 feet 7 and 120 pounds. She’ll chat with you endlessly about your interests. And she’ll have sex whenever you please.”

The doll, unveiled last month by inventor Douglas Hines, is the very latest in sex robotics.  She can carry on a conversation, and comes with a variety of personalities – complete with absurd female stereotypes (“Wild Wendy” or “Frigid Farrah,” gentlemen?).  And she can even have a simulated orgasm.  “There’s a tremendous need for this kind of product,” said Hines, a computer scientist and former Bell Labs engineer. “She doesn’t vacuum or cook, but she does almost everything else.”  She is also incredibly creepy-looking.

Apparently thousands of men have pre-ordered the doll, and Hines seems pleased with the momentum building around Roxxxy’s release.  “They’re like, ‘I can’t wait to meet her,’” Hines said. “It’s almost like the anticipation of a first date.”  And Roxxxy has even made it onto Jay Leno’s show.  Leno expressed amazement that a sex robot could carry on lifelike conversations and express realistic emotions.  “Luckily, guys,” he joked, “there’s a button that turns that off.”

Right, because it’s so funny that thousands of men are willing to pay exorbitant sums for a robotic woman who will have sex with them endlessly and act out ridiculous female stereotypes, rather than interacting with an actual partner.  In Hines’ perfect world, Roxxxy would also vacuum or cook.  What do we call this?  Repeat after me, folks: SEXISM!

The way that Hines describes his customer base is a little sad: he says that the people buying Roxxxy are mostly “shy, awkward or older men who have trouble meeting girls.”  But perhaps that has to do with the fact that they are expecting such ridiculous things from women – like conforming to a particular body size or talking endlessly about whatever the male partner wants.  Reinforcing these expectations in a sex doll, and making it so that people don’t feel that they need human companionship, is an incredibly disturbing thought.  As is the demand for Roxxxy.  I’m amazed that so many men are purchasing Roxxxy already – and I can tell you one thing: I sure don’t want to meet any of them.

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4:59PM PDT on Aug 29, 2010

poor boys-they do so need their toys. pity them, truly, they deserve it.

9:30AM PDT on May 22, 2010

i admit a penchant for Ray Bradbury tales, but after reading this, i ran off to re-read "Marionettes, Inc.", the short story in "the illustrated man"--i remember the first time i read it, i wondered how long it'd be before this sort of thing could or would happen.

hmm...getting there...creepy as hell (I recommend reading the story if you haven't yet...its such a great book). but ugh, this is just disgusting. i know dating's tough, but sheesh.

also, i wonder what would happen if these men found a really good woman someday--what would they do with these dolls that're worth about a year's car payments? i doubt any woman'd wanna live with a guy that had one of those things!

10:56PM PDT on Mar 26, 2010

Lisanne...you are so absolutely correct. I would not want your son raping/molesting my daughter...buy him a doll, a goat, a sheep anything...just keep my daughters safe...thanks

11:29PM PDT on Mar 21, 2010

What's wrong with it? Seems men only want women for one thing anyway, they rape animals even, so I would think a doll would be good enough for a man.To have something like that so they don't have to take their "frustrations" out on a woman, is a good thing.

6:25PM PST on Mar 2, 2010

Personally, I think this is just another way men can objectify women. However, I think it would be good for those lonely guys who are really sweet and who honestly respect and love women.

9:00PM PST on Feb 27, 2010

Thanks to this, once it comes on the market, I will be able to give up trying to find a girlfriend, as I will no longer have use for women in anything other than a platonic way. I'm not some old or fat guy either, just a 27 yr. old man who is always alone. I've tried for years to get a girlfriend, no luck. I only make 20k a year, but I'd pay 10k for it.

7:20PM PST on Feb 27, 2010

Also, I can't believe that some people actually voted "yes," that this thing is a "necessary invention." Necessary to keep women second-class citizens, perhaps.
We make such leaps toward equality, and then some shmuck comes up with this bright idea.
Anyone else boycotting Jay Leno for the sexist comments and glorification of this abomination?

7:17PM PST on Feb 27, 2010

In reponse to Lacey Cormier:
I doubt that this would prevent a single rape. Studies show that men who indulge in rape fantasies are actually MORE LIKELY to carry out a real rape.

3:59PM PST on Feb 23, 2010

I don't think this is the best idea ever...Why would anyone invent such a thing?Why not try and invent something that would help people in need?Why not find someone real instead of a toy?

1:18PM PST on Feb 23, 2010

I don't mind the men who buy this doll removing their genetics from the population. They are obviously seriously defective and would treat a woman like crap.

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