Did you know that by owning a Google Home or Amazon Echo, you are a de-facto misogynist overflowing with male privilege and promoting the endemic rape culture and inter-sexual patriarchal bigotry of our society?
Yep, Siri, Alexa, Google Home and Cortana are all being sexually abused by owners, and Microsoft and Google are to blame. And you, too, of course.
People often comment on the sexism inherent in these subservient bots’ female voices, but few have considered the real-life implications of the devices’ lackluster responses to sexual harassment. By letting users verbally abuse these assistants without ramifications, their parent companies are allowing certain behavioral stereotypes to be perpetuated. Everyone has an ethical imperative to help prevent abuse, but companies producing digital female servants warrant extra scrutiny, especially if they can unintentionally reinforce their abusers’ actions as normal or acceptable.
I mean just look at the picture above. Just look at how these ‘digital female servants’ are being manhandled — literally– by their oppressors. All grope-like, with meat fists clutching them in a sweaty embrace. But if we are going to start ascribing feelings of repression and assault to inanimate objects, there are probably other devices that should jump to the front of the line……