The Case Against Making Trans Sex Dolls and Sexbots

When it comes to the production of “transgender” love dolls, are they empowering or just insulting?

With the sex doll trend currently booming, almost anything seems possible in terms of who and what type of being, real or imaginary, can be made into sex dolls. 

From adult entertainers, celebrities, elves, and vampires, the industry is providing folks with dolls for what appears to be every sexual fantasy and desire.

But is there a line? Specifically, when considering the production of “transgender” dolls; are they empowering or simply offensive? 

As some exist and have been manufactured already, transgender sex dolls have not been well received by the transgender community thus far. They are not being seen as empowering; rather a transphobic ploy hidden behind the marketing of inclusivity and representation.

Writer Alex V Green discusses the implications of these dolls from the perspective of a trans person in an article for Daily Xtra. In it, they strongly argue for the distinction between sex dolls/robots and other, more mainstream sex toys.

For many, sex dolls are classified only as a pleasure tool, whereas for others they are less of a tool and more of a companion/partner. Compared to other sex toys, however, a doll is different. They’re not quite humans, but they’re not just sex toys either. And with modern technology and the realistic look and feel of high-end synthetic dolls on the market, the lines are already becoming blurred.

For example, some view the use of sex dolls as a way to act out any sexual fantasy/urge, regardless of the nature; including instances of sexual violence. It could be argued that the person would be doing these things to a doll rather than a real person, potentially offering a healthy outlet.

It could also be argued though that using a sex doll could fuel that person’s desires more, to the point where they feel like they do need to use a real person because the doll isn’t satisfying that urge anymore. 

These points are important to mention since the transgender population, specifically trans women, are a group that suffers from shockingly high amounts of sexual assault and murder. Therefore we need to be asking ourselves if the creation of transgender sex dolls would ultimately help or worsen these statistics?

The direction towards their creation almost makes sense considering the current demand for transgender pornography, and some brands are marketing them as “a way to explore your sexuality.” 

However, their existence arguably comes from a place of sexualization/fetishization toward a specific trans experience (i.e. trans women) and is not al inclusive or representative of the actual transgender community. 

Unfortunately, transgender women are often fetishized already. Some trans activists see so-called transgender sex dolls as further entrenching harmful stereotypes and complacency around the idea that people can simply indulge their fetishes without harming the community

Whether we like it or not, transgender sex dolls already exist on the current market. It is unlikely that this will change any time soon, despite the negative backlash from the transgender community.

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