Sexy tech – or – violence as the new sex?

We’re becoming desensitized to sex. Everything is sexy. At least everything to do with technology. I would love to trace the origin of the word and it’s pathway to becoming shorthand for cool gadget or job. Does the word ‘sexy’ only work in male dominated industries and does it perpetuate gender discrimination?

It’s clear that activities are culturally coded ‘sexy’ and of interest to men and ‘feminine’ and of interest to women if you look at any magazine or news stand. Technology is always in the ‘sexy’ side. There is undoubtedly a lot of market research justifying/perpetuating these displays. But perhaps, like politics, the research is always asking lose/lose questions of us. How do we vote if we aren’t offered any choices we like?

In the 60s and 70s, sex was a taboo broken open. As we’ve become increasingly desensitized to every sort of sex and sexual representation, I’ve watched the rise of the horror movies/books and the zombie/vampire fetishes. The amount of blood and guts in primetime viewing/reading seems noteworthy and I suspect that violence is becoming the new sex in some ways. Sure we probably want to have sex a lot more than we want to have violence, however violence is a human ‘skill’ or tradition that is becoming completely unwelcome. Many of us have never experienced violence first hand. We have a prurient interest that may have some survival basis. Either way, violence and blood are at the source of our cultural transgressions these days, rather than sex or birth.

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