Sexologists had the opportunity to discuss the morality of sex with robots, Saturday, at a symposium marrying sexuality and technologies.
There is no definite answer as to whether sex robots are good or bad for the human race, according to sexologists met by the QMI Agency on the sidelines of the first conference of Les 3 sex, in Montreal, which gathered a hundred people. It all depends on how you use it, according to them.
PhD student and Concordia University researcher Simon Dubé moderated the last conference of the day, and arguably the most controversial one. He addressed ethical and social issues related to sex robots, and invited participants to discuss them from different angles, such as infidelity, consent and dependence.
The president of the professional order of sexologists of Quebec, Nathalie Legault, has no final opinion on sex robots, but believes from the outset that they could support people who have trouble finding sex partners. She says she sees this type of distress especially when she works with people with disabilities.
“In the idea of support, support, for some populations, it looks good,” she said.
Manon Leclerc, sex therapist since 1983, believes that the arrival of these robots could however harm the married life.
“Already, with my clients, there is a problem with those who will hide in their basement to watch pornography. It creates problems in couples. If we start having robots that mimic people … it worries me, “she said.
From another angle, sexologist Louise Lelièvre does not believe that it would be a good idea to replace all sex workers with robots.
“We must not forget that there are sex workers who do this by choice, and that they are well in their situation,” she said.
The co-chairs of Les 3 sex, who organized this first conference, were delighted with the success of the event. Marion Bertrand-Huot and Pamela Plourde were sold out and had to refuse people. Technology is an essential issue of sexology in 2019, according to them.
“The more we are informed, the more we can analyze objectively and be less carried away by emotions and rejection, sometimes automatic, because it is unknown,” Pamela Plourde explained.