ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
The marriage of technology and sex
By Anton Vidgen
What I call technosex — or the marriage of technology and sex — has
come a long way from its humble vibrator beginnings, progressing to something
even Nostradamus could not have predicted: the ability to see nude people on
The Internet has revolutionized how society perceives and accesses the wonderful
world of sex and has exposed countless youth to exactly how the birds and the
bees do their thing. In anonymity and privacy, anyone with a connected computer
can indulge in whatever they want and become more educated in the process.
But technosex is only a recent phenomenon.
With the founding of Playboy magazine in 1953, the latter half of the 20th
century saw an explosion of sexual liberation and self-awareness due in part
to society’s curiosity with the naked form. Women’s movements gained
new strength but also faced new obstacles in the form of trophy wives and the
After the Stonewall riots of 1969, gay rights groups began to garner respect
and command attention in the Western world, and societal attitudes to the great
taboo slowly changed.
As the clit and cock became relatively public images, the pornographic print
press steamrolled its way into the homes and under the mattresses of the nation’s
But the Internet’s emergence in the mid-1990’s put even porn barons
Hugh Hefner and Larry Flynt to shame. Skin entrepreneurs flooded the web with
homemade sites, dishing up everything and anything the public could get their
Soon enough, technosex went corporate and adult pay sites became the norm.
Business models that relied exclusively on advertising went bust within months,
so many porn princes resorted to more and more explicit depictions of sex in
order to lure credit card-carrying customers.
Short of having sex on Star Trek’s holodeck, the Internet has allowed
us to explore our darkest fantasies and innermost desires all from a comfortable
distance. This ability has been abused by an increasing number, to the point
that many individuals have developed a relationship with their computer and
their right hand.
Sex involving pain, animals, scat and other alternative arrangements have
found a hidden but curious online audience. A German court last month convicted
a man who met someone over the Internet and proceeded to kill and eat him,
all with the victim’s consent.
Google.com, widely considered the best online search engine, recently found
a competitor in booble.com, a site designed to search out the world’s
best porn. Naturally, a cease-and-desist order has been filed by Google’s
lawyers — though few others have voiced complaint.
How long can this technosex craze last? Probably forever, but it will become
less of a sensational fad. Once the taboo has been taken out of all these sexual
arrangements, such perversions will be accepted as persuasions. As a tool,
the Internet has the power to educate and enlighten, but also to disgust and
disturb. What does it do for you?