We cover some pretty interesting ideas in my Anthropology of the Body Love and Emotion class. This last week we covered the issue of the body online and technologically mediated sex. We looked at the LovePalz teledildonics which allow a couple to maintain an intimate relationship whilst apart. The LovePalz uses bluetooth technology for you to connect rhythms with partners.
The general consensus was that this was pretty radical, but at the same time it takes cybersex into an ambiguous realm of, actual intimacy, but remote. I somehow couldn’t help thinking of Woody Allen’s “Sleeper”.
But just a day after our lecture Durex launched Fundawear. It has since been covered extensively in the media. With its astute focus on foreplay rather then penetrative sex, and its launch from the ubiquitous Durex, it looks to be more popularly embraced than the LovePalz device.
In terms of the issue of everyday hybridity it resonates with the ever closer ties we have with technology. Such interactions, this type of online intimacy is becoming somewhat prosaic. It has become an almost banal question to ask in any situation, “is there an app for that?” People already have intimate and emotional connections with their electronic devices (iPhone, laptop, television…kettle?). What one must consider is how the future of human interaction, culture and emotions will develop in an era where our relationships are normalised by disembodied intimacy?