Why is it that so many sex robots look like a horrific combination of resuscitation dolls and nightmarish puppets? Surely the main thing with a robot you're going to put a part of your anatomy into is that it doesn't look like it might kill you in your sleep.
A new addition to Netflix, My Sex Robot, explores the weird and, uh, still kinda creepy world of sex robots. Rather than being, you know, Jude Law in AI, or Scarlett Johansson in Her, the sex 'bots in the show are more like Dwight Schrute with the face mask.
A sex robot, from the show "My Sex Robot"
Dwight Schrute from "The Office"
The show meets several different people, all with differing levels of involvement in the sex robot scene. There's the guy making sexy sex bots for women in his shed, with, uh, real thrusting action:
Imagine this wrinkly latex mannequin thrusting away on top of you.
And there's the inventor, Douglas Hines, who takes his reactive robot Roxxxy to a convention to show it off to potential buyers and press:
There are also interviews with people who use, rather than invent, sex robots, who talk about the difficulties of finding one that actually suits their needs and desires. Turns out there are a lot of issues to think about: skin softness, hair texture, number of, uh, holes... it's a tough industry.
My Sex Robot probably won't be the thing to make you rush out and buy your own sex robot, but it is an incredibly entertaining and eye-opening watch if you've run out of episodes of House of Cards. Just don't watch it with your mum.