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Ethics, Power, and Consent with Humanoid Sex Robots

What do futuristic sex technologies reveal about our present-day realities? Focusing on the ethics of humanoid sex robots (“sexbots”) and the sociotechnical imaginaries from which they emerge, this presentation considers urgent issues of power and consent in human-sexbot relations. Utilizing their ongoing dissertation research, Sara Wenger explores the ethical quandaries of these emerging technologies and the humans who imagine, design, and interact with them.

Ethics, Power, and Consent with Humanoid Sex Robots

Sept. 27 | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

TORG 3310

Online-Option Available


Sara Wenger portrait.

Sara Wenger

Sara Wenger is a Ph.D. candidate in the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought (ASPECT) program at Virginia Tech. She earned her M.A. in women’s studies from the Department of Gender and Race Studies at The University of Alabama. Her dissertation is a feminist intervention into the controversial existence of humanoid sex robots, exploring the gendered and racialized sociotechnical imaginaries from which these robots emerge.

Currently, Sara is a Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Dissertation Completion Fellow supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies.