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Child sex dolls and robots do not offer a solution to child sexual abuse. Rather, they detract from meaningful attempts to address an epidemic of child abuse and obscure its cultural drivers.
Unlike the other dolls modelled on adult women, this one is small. But there might be some kind of sentiment to petite, kid-like size. Though highly controversial, child sex dolls like these are already on the market and have been sold through mainstream online retailers like Amazon and Wish for a of years. Experts predict child sex robots will be next, and some believe they are already in production. The production of life-like sex dolls and robots has attracted ificant media attention and public interest. Sex dolls and robots have been the subject of documentaries, pornography, Hollywood films, television programs and academic conferences.
Sex-doll brothels, where men can rent female sex dolls by the hour, already exist in a of countries. The highly gendered nature of sex dolls and robots is rarely acknowledged by academic supporters of the products. The vast majority of these dolls and robots are embodied female, typically deed according to pornographic standards. Research indicates that sex-doll owners are overwhelmingly men.
Child sex dolls are similarly gendered and modelled on the bodies of prepubescent girls. I am yet to see a male-bodied child doll. Academic proponents of female-bodied sex dolls and robots fail to situate the products within the wider cultural context in which they are produced — one in which gender inequality persists, where male violence against women and children remains a serious global problem, and where women and girls are raped, beaten, abused and prostituted by men.
According to David Levy, co-founder of UK-based robotics institute Intelligent Toys Ltd and author of the book Love and Sex with Robotsthey could function as intimate partners, or as an alternative to paying for sexual services.
Like other forms of inequality, sexual inequality has a widespread impact on society. When individuals, especially young males, are deprived of the prospect of sexual companionship, they can become a ificant source of social instability … We might wonder to what degree the mere possession of a sex robot can alleviate the psychological and social costs of sexual deprivation. Some of these illegal sexual practices involve children. Academics propose that child sex dolls could be used to treat paedophiles. There is no shortage of proposals for how child sex dolls or robots for paedophilic use could be regulated.
Users could be required to submit to random computer checks by police, or to obtain a speciallike a gunto purchase the dolls. Academic advocates for child sex dolls dismiss objections as being rooted in a societal discomfort or disgust over adult-child sex. They label those opposed to child sex dolls as socially prudish, or as closed-minded to the possibilities of child-sex-doll use. Some advocates frame the dolls, modelled on the bodies of female children, as a sex toy like any other. Thought-crimes against latex.
Child-sex-doll advocates pitch childlike dolls and robots as a solution to child sexual abuse. Academic supporters of child sex dolls even go as far as suggesting that failing to provide paedophiles with child sex dolls to simulate child abuse could be harmful. Behrendt writes :. If the end justifies the means … any kind of therapeutic option should be considered, analysed, scrutinised, weighed and even tried … can civil society still afford to take the risk of seeing other unfortunate victims, unwittingly hooked to the appalling web of sex offenders?
Other souls traumatised for life? Other murdered children? Child-sex-doll advocates claim that childlike dolls will prevent the abuse of actual children. However, there is no assurance that paedophiles who have access to child dolls will use them instead of, and not in addition to, children. There is no evidence for the ly popular idea that men perpetrate sexual violence against women, children and other men due to uncontrollable sexual desire, or because they do not have a sufficient outlet for their urges.
Likewise, there is no evidence that child sex dolls will lead to a reduction in the abuse of children. There is no shortage of sexual outlets available to men outside of traditional intimate relationships. Men can pursue sexual encounters by means of dating or hook-up apps; they can access an endless supply of pornography, view webcam models or engage in cybersex. In many parts of the world there is a thriving legal sex industry where men can access a range of women for sex, and now there are sex-doll brothels. Nonetheless, having access to these outlets has not stopped men from raping.
On the contrary, sexual violence remains prevalent across the world. The argument that child sex dolls could function as a sexual outlet, preventing individuals who would otherwise rape children from doing so, also fails to consider the wider cultural context in which these products are manufactured — a system of institutionalised male dominance, routine sexual objectification of women and a culture that eroticises girls.
Cultural messaging increasingly presents girls as sexually available and appealing. G-strings, padded bras and bikini tops, and underwear with sexually suggestive slogans are marketed to Woman looking sex Dill City girls. Advertising material depicts girls in sexualised and adultified ways.
Schoolgirls are fetishised, and sexy-schoolgirl costumes are sold in mainstream retailers. Instagram routinely hosts sexualised content of underage girls and comment responses from predatory men. Major bookstores and online marketplaces have been exposed selling erotic e-books that feature incest and child abuse. Adult retailers sell male masturbators deed to emulate the vaginas of teenage girls — such as the Teenage Dream or Lolita Vibrating Vagina — with promotional material emphasising youth and innocence.
Claims from child-sex-doll advocates that the dolls could prevent child sexual abuse — because paedophiles will use dolls instead of children — are speculative. But it is not just paedophiles who perpetrate crimes of sexual violence against children. Not all child sex offenders are paedophiles, and not all paedophiles sexually offend against children.
According to the Australian Institute of Criminologywhile some perpetrators of child sexual abuse are attracted to children, they may also have a sexual interest in, or offend against, adults. Child sex offenders may also act out of opportunity rather than sexual attraction to children. Research by Richard Wortley and Stephen Smallbone finds that situational and environmental factors play an important role in sexual offences against children, and further research highlights the role of opportunity in child sexual abuse — including institutional and church settings, online child exploitation and child sex tourism.
If child sexual abuse is also perpetrated by individuals who are not primarily sexually attracted to children — men who do not have a Woman looking sex Dill City sexual preference for children — then claims that child sex dolls could protect children from abuse are questionable.
How effective could child sex dolls for paedophilic use be in preventing child abuse if many offenders are not actually paedophiles? Even if it could be determined that child sexual abuse was perpetrated solely by paedophiles with a sexual preference for children, in order to justify the manufacture of child sex dolls or robots it would have to be further established that providing them for paedophiles would prevent their offending against children.
Shin Takagi is the owner of Trottla, a Japanese child-sex-doll manufacturer that produces dolls resembling girls as young as five. He is also a paedophile.
Takagi believes that his dolls provide a public service for men like him. Online photo Woman looking sex Dill City feature hundreds of images of Trottla dolls deed to look like prepubescent girls. Dolls are photographed with pigtails and soft toys and simultaneously portrayed as sexually inviting. Lifelike pre-teen dolls are presented as ready and available for sex, in varying states of undress. Some are posed naked aside from knee socks. Others are costumed for seduction, in sheer lingerie, or with fishnet stockings and whips.
One photo gallery includes a series of images of naked dolls lying supine on beds, their lifeless eyes staring into the distance, with heart-shaped patterns of whipped cream and strawberries concealing their genitals. Some images are suggestive of voyeurism, such as upskirt pictures.
Photographs of dolls in the bath taken from a distance suggest that they are being watched without their knowledge. The most chilling images are those that appear to replicate obvious child-abuse scenarios. One photograph shows a petite doll who appears to be a girl of perhaps six or seven, lying face down on a bed, her underpants having been pulled down. Some dolls appear to be smiling, others appear to be crying or in pain.
While child-sex-doll supporters argue that the dolls will prevent sexual offences against children, the opposite is the more likely outcome. Child sex dolls harm children through legitimising and normalising their sexual use. Legislators and law-enforcement agencies believe that there could be a link between child sex dolls and sexual offending against children. A relationship between viewing child-exploitation material and contact offending has been established.
There may also be a link between child-sex-doll ownership and possession of child-abuse material. In the United Kingdomtwenty out of twenty-six recent child-sex-doll offenders were found in possession of child-abuse material. Also in the United Kingdoma surge in seizures of child sex dolls led police to identify ly unknown suspected paedophiles, resulting in seven men being charged, and six more facing allegations linked to child-exploitation images. According to the Crown Prosecution Serviceschild-sex-doll cases can be an indication of other offending against children.
A report from the Australian Institute of Criminology released last year argued that child sex dolls present a risk of escalation in sexual offences against children. On -exploitation spectrum from viewing child exploitation to contact offending, performing sex acts on like doll may be understood as a natural progression from viewing child-abuse material, and a step closer to sexually abusing. As Open University lecturer Litska Strikwerda acknowledgesusing sex robot could be a much closer experience to actually sexually abusing. Maras and Shapiro argue that recent UK arrests for importing child sex dolls indicate that offenders escalate from viewing child-exploitation material to engaging in physical acts with child sex dolls:.
Child sex dolls could increase the likelihood of child abuse by reducing any barriers to committing sexual offences against children.
Users could be desensitised to the harms of child sexual abuse, as dolls give no emotional feedback. Child sex dolls could also be used by sex offenders in the act of sexually assaulting. Child sex offenders could use childlike dolls as a tool to groom children for sexual abuse, just as predators have used pornography to groom children. Brown and Shelling note that sex dolls have been used to groom children for sexual abuse, and child sex dolls could arguably be even more effective for grooming children than adult sex dolls.
The Australian Institute of Criminology report on child sex dolls concludes that there is no evidence that the dolls prevent child sexual abuse. I cannot help but conclude that the academic arguments in support of child sex dolls are baseless, unconvincing and are open to being hijacked by vested interests. Rather than encouraging restraint or investing energy into pursuing healthier relationships or sexual practices, child sex dolls enable the realistic fantasy experience of sexually abusing. Rather, they detract from meaningful attempts to address an epidemic of child abuse and obscure the cultural drivers that contribute to it, such as male power and the sexualisation of girls.
If ending child sexual exploitation is the objective, the answer will never be found in legitimising these practices. An earlier version of this piece appeared in Arena Magazine. While robotics has long been haunted by dreams of developing an artificial woman, recent advances in mechanics and animatronics hold out the prospect of lifelike humanoid robots deed to afford some the opportunity to indulge their sexual fantasies. But this raises a disconcerting possibility that will emerge once people start having sex Woman looking sex Dill City robots: the "rape" of robots. Sound familiar?
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