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The fembot is an expression of a patriarchal and misogynistic power fantasy. The woman who is your creation but not your daughter (and thus sexually available). The woman who is programmable, controllable, designable to your own specifications and customisable to your wishes. The woman who is literally a commodity (or at least a product) rather than a living being who has been reduced to one, and who it is therefore possible to own without guilt. The woman who serves your needs unquestioningly, as her reason for existing. The woman who never resents anything, or at least is designed not to. The woman who is rightfully doomed to the subordinate position of servant, and who accepts it as a given and a duty, because of her innate inferiority and subhumanity. The fembot isn’t so much a new idea as a modern reification of age-old ideological constructs of patriarchy. The one specifically modern thing about her is her convenient inability to get pregnant – something that would have seemed a disadvantage to pre-modern patriarchs but which now, in post-sexual revolution Western capitalist culture, strikes many men as a bonus.
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