Dr Kathleen Richardson says the development of sex robots further objectifies women and girls, reduces human empathy, doesn’t reduce sexual exploitation, and promotes violence and inequality among humans.
“The type of political framework of the United States and what types of things are possible in 2015 does not resemble what was possible in 1970. In between, you have what we call the war on terror and 9/11, and a whole host of things pushing the country into a more authoritarian and militaristic structure of government, and a very low level of popular participation in the political process. Or you can participate, but you can’t make any impact.”
Charlotte Proudman, a barrister in human rights law at the Chambers of Michael Mansfield QC, spoke out against a sexist message sent to her by a senior lawyer via LinkedIn and was subjected to virulent, misogynist abuse and threats. She writes:
“The eroticisation of women’s physical appearance is a way of exercising power over women. It silences women’s professional attributes as their physical appearance becomes the subject.”
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