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Robot SexSocial and Ethical Implications$
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John Danaher and Neil McArthur

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036689

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036689.001.0001

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Sex Robots and the Rights of the Disabled

Sex Robots and the Rights of the Disabled

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Robot Sex

Ezio Di Nucci

The MIT Press

This chapter argues that the right to sexual satisfaction of severely physically and mentally disabled people, and elderly people who suffer from neurodegenerative diseases, can be fulfilled by deploying sex robots. This would enable us to satisfy the sexual needs of many who cannot provide for their own sexual satisfaction without at the same time violating anybody’s right to sexual self-determination. It does not offer a full-blown moral justification of deploying sex robots in such cases, as not all morally relevant concerns can be addressed here; rather, it puts forward a plausible way of fulfilling acute sexual needs without thereby violating anybody’s sexual rights.

Keywords:   Sexual Rights, Sex Robots, Disability Rights, Sexual Autonomy, Positive Autonomy, Negative Autonomy, Sexual Satisfaction, Responsibility, Autonomous Weapons

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