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Into the Abyss™: Toward an understanding of sexual technologies as co-actors in techno-social networks
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, The Department of Gender Studies.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Much has been written recently in mainstream media about sex robots. However, due to the recent developments in this area of robotic and AI technologies, few academics have critically addressed these humanoid sexual technologies through the frameworks provided by Feminist Technoscience Studies. Through utilizing this critical lens, this thesis works with the tools of becoming-with (Haraway 2004a) and intra-action (Barad 2003) to explore the ways in which sexual technologies manufactured by American company Abyss Creations are co-actors in complicated material-semiotic networks. In line with Haraway (2004a) and Barad (2003), this thesis argues that realities are made through ongoing material-discursive practices, practices which are intra-actions of desire, bacteria, companionship, synthetic cognitive algorithms, capitalism, app programing, Wikipedia, and robo-human becoming-with and becoming-without. It is through these webs of becoming-with and –without that these technologies exhibit relational agency. This thesis argues to view Abyss Creation’s sex robots in a framework of relational co-construction is to begin improving our understandings of the complicated ways in which humans, nonhumans, technology, systems, and forces are co-actors in techno-social networks.

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2018. , p. 81
Keywords [en]
Abyss Creations, Feminist Technoscience Studies, RealDoll, Sex Robots, Sexual Technologies
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150060ISRN: LIU-TEMA G / GSIC2-A-18/007-SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-150060DiVA, id: diva2:1237435
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Gender Studies - Intersectionality and Change, Two Year
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2018-06-08, 19:10 (English)
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Available from: 2018-08-09 Created: 2018-08-08 Last updated: 2018-08-10Bibliographically approved

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