Our next reading, Neil McArthur’s “The Case for Sexbots,” starts our third section of the course with a provocative argument. In this article, McArthur makes an ambitious case for why we should see sexbots as a general social good. His argument gives us a number of directions in which to expand our thinking so far on technology, embodiment, and sexuality — in addition to considering issues of desire, psychology, and emotion as we have been, McArthur suggests that we also need to take forces such as power, consent, agency, and societal impact into account as well.
So for this blog post, you should use your writing to engage with McArthur’s argument as closely and thoughtfully as you can by quoting, paraphrasing, and responding to a meaty portion of his writing. Beyond simply agreeing or disagreeing with what he claims there or with his argument overall, you should think critically about the stakes of his thinking in what you quote — what issues does he raise in that portion, how does he see those issues, and how do you respond? We’ll use some of these posts as a way into thinking about the implications of this for identity and interpersonal relations in class on Wednesday. Happy reading and I’ll see you all then!
Reminder: your response should go in the comments section for this post — click the “Leave a Comment” link at the top of the post. It should be at least 250 words, and is due by 11:59pm on TUESDAY, October 16th (remember that this is different from our usual blogging schedule). If you have any questions, let me know via email.