So Breitbart.com ran an article about sexbots and the horrifying implications for America and for women (you can Google it if you want—I’m not linking to the crap). Unsurprisingly for a right-wing website, it’s a heaping boatload of undead sexist cliches:
Men only do stuff because they want to impress women and get laid (an idea that’s been around for years, as I noted in my first USC post). With sexbots a guaranteed reality within 50 years, men will no longer need to impress women to get laid. And men are sick and tired of feminism, which is already driving them away from women in droves. So with sexbots making it possible for men to sleep with a hot woman without impressing her, they’ll stop doing anything but partying. All science and civilization will come to a halt because women have never contributed anything to it, and are incapable of contributing to it. So America will collapse and it’s all women’s fault. And they’ll be soooooo sad because now they won’t be able to find a man (just like if they give away the milk)—and apparently there will be no sexbots for women because that would kind of spoil the male writer’s fantasy.
Plus a lot of extra bilge such as the pay gap is a myth, feminism bad for women, Camilla Paglia has said something intelligent (if you’re using Paglia to argue from authority you’re screwed before you start).
Even taken on its own terms, the article (by Milo Yiannopoulos) is illogical. He cites pyramids as an example of the kind of thing only built to impress women, which ignores that pyramids were built by the kings of Egypt. I’m going to go out on a limb and say the pharaohs didn’t have trouble finding mates. And quite simply, men do things for reasons other than getting laid, particularly the geniuses Yiannopoulos is fretting about. Read a biographies of a genius and you’ll usually find they’re driven to apply their talent in ways the rest of us aren’t; they don’t crack problems because they want to impress people (or at least not primarily), they crack problems because they want them solved. To say nothing of Oscar Wilde (talented and gay), or brilliant women (Madame Curie, Grace Hopper, black millionaire CJ Walker).
And even if it were true, why blame the women? If men are sitting on their butts, playing videogames and having sex with machines to the point America falls apart, shouldn’t the author be giving guys a good stiff talking to? But as I’ve noted before (the first link in the post, or this one), it’s never the slacker guys who get criticized, it’s always the women.
As for the idea it’s all the fault of feminism is funny too. Men have fantasized about fembots since 1938 (Lester Del Rey’s “Helen O’Loy”) and Fritz Leiber was writing about sex robots in 1961 (The Silver Eggheads). And even without robots, men have always been able to find prostitutes, so I have my doubts it’ll change that much (unless the automatons are phenomenally cheap).
As for men dropping out of the marriage mart, I’ve read plenty of posts by some “men going their own way”, courtesy of We Hunted the Mammoth (here’s some discussion of misogynist posts about sexbots) and I don’t think any women will ever be desperate enough to miss them.