Sex Machines as Mediatized Sexualities -Ethical and Social Implications

RODRIGUEZ-AMAT, Joan and DULLER, Nicole (2019). Sex Machines as Mediatized Sexualities -Ethical and Social Implications. In: EBERWEIN, Tobias, KARMASIN, Matthias, KROTZ, Friedrich and RATH, Matthias, (eds.) Responsibility and Resistance: Ethics in Mediatized Worlds. Ethik in mediatisierten Welten . Springer, 221-239.

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Sex machines are also communication practices. This chapter considers sexual interactions with technological devices as mediatized sexualities. Media are integrated in the definition of most of the contexts of human life—and the combination of the mediatization perspective with an Actor-Network Theory enables an organic cross-disciplinary discussion about technologies across specific socio-cultural fields. Sex machines, hybrids of fundamental humanness and either or both artificiality and artifactuality, push the boundaries and raise social and ethical discussions about the limits of the integrated circuit involving society, individuals, culture, values, interactivity and intercourse. Therefore, a consideration of sex machines enriches media discussions on technologies, communicative, social and cultural practices and ethical debates. This chapter starts with a discussion on how sex machines belong to the world of mediatized sexualities. After an introductory section on mediatization, ethics and sex machines, the argument builds on a typology of sex machines (similarity, extension, substitution, sublimation, sensuality and creativity) to provide a discussion on ethical issues. The debates consider, amongst others, robots, surveillance, psychological, sociological and body-related concerns, which are also relevant for media and communication studies.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Series ISSN 2523-384X
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Page Range: 221-239
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2020 14:38
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 23:48

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