Useful Sources

Wosk, Julie. My Fair Ladies: Female Robots, Androids, and Other Artificial Eves. Rutgers University Press, 2015.

The book talks about that ideology of men in their attempt to construct the perfect woman. Yet as technology has advanced over the past century, the figure of the lifelike manmade woman has become nearly ubiquitous, popping up in everything from Bride of Frankenstein, Weird Science to The Stepford Wives to Blade Runner. Julie Wosk takes the readers to a fascinating tour through the land of artificial women, revealing the array of cultural fantasies and fears they embody.  My Fair Ladies considers how female automatons have been represented as objects of desire in fiction and how “living dolls” have been manufactured as real-world fetish objects. But it also examines the many works in which the “perfect” woman turns out to be artificial and becomes a source of uncanny horror and destruction.

Melzer, Patricia. Alien Constructions: Science Fiction and Feminist Thought. University of Texas Press. p. 204.

Daratto, Laura. “Bot Looks Like a Lady. Should Robots Have a Gender”. http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2015/02/robot_gender_is_it_bad_for_human_women.html

The article focuses in the debate of whether the robotic technologies used in today’s reality should have a gender. Many researchers suggest that what society needs is strong female role models in the robotic variety. And the people certainly agree as they said that female-appearing robots are more helpful in tasks such as caring for the elderly and teaching children-both fields mostly assigned to women. It also explains how these humanoid robots can be used as an incentive for other women to become more engaged in technological fields.

Conrad, Dean. “Women in Science Fiction Film: A Viewer”. http://www.deanconrad.com/writing/sfflists/wisff_viewer.htm. Web.

The article presents a list of films that help with an overview of the genre itself and indicate women’s roles within it. The films are taken from the areas of female representation, and it gives a fair indication of how the female has been presented throughout the history of science fiction film. They tell the readers something about the state of play, the behind the film debate and historical context documents.

Gee, Tabi Jackson. “Female robots: Why this ‘Scarlett Johansson’ bot is more dangerous than you think”. The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/life/female-robots-why-this-scarlett-johansson-bot-is-more-dangerous/ . Web

This article describes how female robots have been brought from science fiction to real life as it presents the robotic creation which resembles to the famous actress Scarlett Johansson. It discusses the issues of creating female robots in real life, as well as how this types of robots show stereotypes that contribute with the objectification of women.

Steve, Rose. “Ex Machina and sci-fi’s obsession with sexy female robots” https://www.theguardian.com/film/2015/jan/15/ex-machina-sexy-female-robots-scifi-film-obsession

The article discusses how sci-fi films have become fascinated with showing the female robot/android/cyborg in the form of a sensual woman. It explores the themes of the objectification of women and how the opposite gender sees these machines a relationship companions and sexual devices, rather than helpful female robots.

Zuin Lidia. “A brief history of men who build female robots”. https://versions.killscreen.com/a-brief-history-of-men-who-build-female-robots/

Weiss, Suzannah. “We talked to an expert about the pros and cons of sex robots” http://www.complex.com/life/2016/03/sex-robots.

Lin, Patrick. “Relationships with Robots: Good or Bad for Humans”. Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/sites/patricklin/2016/02/01/relationships-with-robots-good-or-bad-for-humans/#6acefe3f291e.html.

Klein, BJ. College Weekend…a Strange, True Story. Darkerotichorror.

Melzer, Patricia. Alien Constructions: Science Fiction and Feminist Thought. University of Texas Press. p. 204.

Simple Complexities. “Feminism and the Figure of the Fembot”. https://writingwithrobin.com/tag/fembot/htm. Web.

Reflection

The meeting with Professor Belli to revise the draft of my proposal was definitely productive and helpful. It did not only help me but it gave me more ideas in the different ways to tackle my project in order to make it more concise and understandable. Some of the feedback I obtained from the meeting was to gather more background information about the science fiction term “gynoid” also known as “fembot”. While doing some research on how the term has been introduced in the science fiction genre, I discovered that before the term gynoid was popularized in the genre, the oldest female specific term utilized to refer the female robotic form was known as Robotess and it was first introduced in 1921. The connections of the term with the science fiction term “gynoid” were shown as in many of the famous films and books, the authors wanted to used woman-appearing machine and this is shown in early films such as Metropolis, the Stepford Wives, The Perfect Woman, Blade Runner, and others. I also answered the questions if these female-appearing robots can bring a positive or negative impact to society. Additionally I also found out that they can also be beneficial to society as it can be used as an incentive tool for other women and make them become more engaged in the technological fields.