Canadian economics professor Marina Adshade brings a slightly tongue-in-cheek assessment of an evidently not tongue-in-cheek academic paper, Yeoman, Ian and Michelle Mars (May 2012). “Robots, Men, and Sex Tourism.” Futures Vol. 44: p.p. 365-371. Naturally you have to pay out the wazoo ($41.95, possibly Canadian) to read it.
As one might expect of people who write about the economics of sex with androids, the authors are wedged so far up the "no-sex" class paradigm only the bottoms of their toes can be seen. Here's their take on the impact of android sex on marriage dynamics. Emphasis mine.
Another implication is that android sex would change the dynamics within marriage. I personally don’t see wives happily waving their husbands good-bye as they head out to spend $10,000 on android sex (which is the 2050 price suggested in this paper) any more than I see husbands cheerfully sending their wives off to do the same thing.
But if they did, and sex with an android was acceptable within marriage, how might that change the way that couples negotiate? The authors of this paper argue that wives only have sex with their husbands in order to encourage them to help out around the house. Does access to android sex then mean that women have to go back to doing all the chores?
Source: Big Think Proxy
Righto then! "Wives," obeying Rule #1 of the bogus Two Rules of Desire, have no innate, independent libidos and so, claim the authors, being free of wanting sex because they're human beings and humans enjoy sex, "wives" are able to barter sex for things women "naturally" enjoy instead. Like help with chores!
Welcome to the malevolent, dehumanizing dominant paradigm of transactional (heterosexual) sex.
Note: In her review Adshade recites a list of things the authors say men and women would do with androids. There's no evidence the authors imagine married couples sharing androids with their partners. My guess is if you were to bring up the idea of group sex with androids the authors would blush and sputter that that would be perverted.
Note: If you've got access to an academic library you may be interested in reading the actual article. If so I'd be very interested in your impressions.