Having obsessively wondered what it's like to be your own personal pornographer, I relished following the adventures of the US entrepreneur Tom Pournelle. "People are almost always very interested in pornography,” he told New Scientist, “but it’s almost impossible to provide them with a product that caters to them.” Though what he and his business partner Katia Immordino Vreeland do specialise in - in turns cheeky, forthright, and pure voyeurism - is sex with robots. (There are robots, but no vibrators, for some reason.)

Except as they say in the books, porn is too subtle for a TV programme. So New Scientist had them visit a couple of robot kinks, from the British romance Clubbing (which my blog, theKinkyHome, is based on) to a large-breasted, chain-smoking Belgian lesbian. Every element of the programmes seems to have originated with the journalist, including the headline, The Paedophile Chronicles.

I'm not sure where Mr Pournelle ranks on the spectrum between respectability and perversion, but he definitely walks the walk when it comes to what might be called unsexy sex. "His main idea," the newspaper said, "is that both women and men need to explore their attraction to robots." (The fact that Tom is openly gay makes it all the more notable that the animatronic fetishes tend to be presented as non-monogamous ones.) His own predilections also include people and dogs (who never have sex; he's a compulsive cat lover). And, obviously, he uses Kink.com as his source material: as the franchise consultant, he gets paid directly by the website.

But you can't describe the idea that men and women would have sex with each other (or with the robot corpse of a male friend) as an "entitlement" narrative. I imagine that the appeal of the show (as a leisure activity, apparently) is that you learn all the different aspects of different kinks, without ever having to learn the facts. Whereas this show - with its usually-inappropriate shots of bikini-clad women wrapped around the hunky robots - is almost a tutorial in sexless public morality.

The Thing About Women Exploring Sexual Proclivities is available online from youtu.be/vFlBHxIWdEk

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