Ever Expanding Margins
In chapter seven of Phoenix and Oerton’s book, "Transgressive and Digital Sex: margins, edges, and limitless victims," attention is drawn to the ever expanding margins of sex and sexuality. Beginning with what they refer to as “edgy” sex (bestiality, necrophilia, and vampire sex), they draw attention to new frontiers in digital sex. Oftentimes, in “regard to digital sex, these concerns often get collapsed onto issues of where to draw the lines around what might be deemed ‘child’ pornography” (170). Phoenix and Oerton provoke further thought to encompass a changing technological landscape.
When looking to apply the labels of “victims” and “perpetrators” we now need to look beyond “real” humans to “non-human[s], sub-human[s], and post-human[s]” (172). It is not too far of a stretch to think of future parameters on sex with robots. While a robot is not a “real” human, they may mimic one quite well. If incorporated with complex decision making software, it could be argued that the robot can give “consent” for sex. Or for that matter be programmed to “sexually attack”. Robots could therefore be labeled as “victims” or “perpetrators.”