Sex News: Sex Act That Kills, Straight People Don’t Exist, The Pros & Cons Of Robot Brothels

I came out as bi to my best friend when I was 12 or 13, somewhere around there. It’s hard to remember how old I was exactly, but I continued to identify as bisexual until I was 15-16. These days I identify as straight, even though I continue to be sexually attracted to women. If I had to pick a label I think I would go with bisexual/heteronormative.

Death by autoerotic asphyxiation has been recorded numerous times, but the numbers may be even higher than records show, because it’s difficult to know the circumstances surrounding an asphyxiation.

It’s taken the lives of some big names. Actor David Carradine was found dead with a shoelace tied around his neck and genitals in 2009. INXS singer was found dead, kneeling with a belt around his neck in 1997. Even Chris Cornell’s recent death is under speculation of involving autoerotic asphyxiation.

Does it though? Does it?

A recent study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology undermines long held beliefs about heteronormative sexual orientation. The study looks at gender expression in women and measures their physiological response viewing a variety of pornographic material. It found that, regardless of how women self report their sexuality, their bodies respond positively to both hetero- and homosexual sex. Meaning, women’s sexuality is complex and not within the bounds of strict hetero- or homosexuality.

I’d buy that.

However, a few months ago sex doll agency LumiDolls opened Europe’s first sex doll brothel in Barcelona, Spain, joining the likes of Japan in offering synthetic escorts. These dolls are not robotic, but it’s one step closer towards a world of Gigolo Joes and Janes.

The idea of android prostitutes has generated polarized reactions from researchers and ethicists. Would paying robots for sex be a good thing? Is this the dawn of a brave new world, or of a dark, mechanical future?


Another problem is the possibility that sex robots will actually exacerbate existing social inequalities. With this concern in mind, robot ethicists Kathleen Richardson and Erik Billing have launched the Campaign Against Sex Robots, which aims to highlight the potential pitfalls of developing humanoid sexbots. They argue that sexual relationships with robots—the majority of which have so far been made to appear female —will reinforce the idea that women are objects, with the unequal power relationship between man and robot spilling over into human interactions.

I wish this was the kind of ethical problem we discussed in philosophy class when I was in school. The disturbing possibilities are endless.

Image: Abigail Mac, Ava Addams, & Abby Cross in Studying Wet Pussy by Brazzers

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  • Cody111811

    When you masturbate with a noose, you are asking for it. Far too many people (but not Chris Cornell) die every year because of the want of a more intense orgasm. Cutting off the blood supply to your brain naturally causes an initial euphoric feeling, quickly followed by unconsciousness. When you black out, you have passed the point of no return. So in essence, you are hoping to achieve the orgasm during the very brief euphoric stage. It’s a risky window to play in. If you do it regularly, your luck will run out. Besides the fact that you end up dead, you are found with your dick in your hand or a vibrator in your vagina….not the way you want to be discovered.

    • I remember when I was in high school there was a trend at one point where people would literally choke each other out until the other person would pass out to get a high. I never tried, I never saw the appeal of blacking out.

      • Cody111811

        Yep. I’ll take my orgasms the way God made’em. No risk in that.