15: Who Part 2

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I hated school for a while- which is quite understandable when I was told more often that I was a distraction than that I was clever. Yet that day in the park, I remember being flattered. I could own the compliment if I chose to allow myself, I thought. The years that followed have taught me, in being told to smile for so long that I have gotten only jaw ache, that you cannot choose to be reduced- you can only watch it happen.

Even if I wear a T-shirt that says “SMASH THE PATRIARCHY,” someone will still comment on my tits.

A lot of people will still want to analyse my measurements before they know my name.

The first robotic sex doll to be properly marketed is called Harmony. She is a painfully moulded smile and exacted porn-star dimensions before her name.

One piece of research suggests that, as early as 2025, sex robots will be “commonplace.”  Among homes along ordinary streets, women made entirely of plastic fortified with wires will exist for men’s fulfilment. I spent at least 2 years of my life frequently planning which parts of my body I would fill with plastic.

For between £6,000 and £7,800, people will be able to buy dolls programmed exactly to their conception of the “perfect woman”. The thing with the “perfect woman” is that she has existed throughout time but her form has changed so often that we can hardly say she has existed at all. In the 1920’s, she was found in cropped hair and covered in jewellery. In Ancient Greece, she was created in paper white skin. In the days in which Shakespeare lived, she was buried under the metal cage of a corset.

Harmony can quote Shakespeare. She can ask you about your day. When you ask her if she wants to learn to walk, a skill she has not yet acquired, for at the moment she needs only to be still- she tells you, jokingly, that she does not want anything but to be yours.

The key to her allure, which, in numbers and processes, is apparently all she considers, is that she is predictably unpredictable. She will one day even be able to express what her creator, Matt McMullen, describes as the “illusion of emotions.” Obviously all the while she is entirely unable to express real ones. You can make her insecure if you want to but you can turn this off.

 

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