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As technology progresses, human are finding more inventive ways to have sex with each other. Many of us here at WYV have been in long-distance relationships and are familiar with the need for intimacy through technology.

Teledildonics, also known as cyberdildonics — no, really — makes this possible by connecting sex toys which are wifi-enabled and available to both the direct user and the user’s partner. Ever play a video game and have the controller vibrate when you get shot or drive a vehicle off-road? That’s haptic technology, which is key for long-distance sex toys. You get a full-on party when you incorporate teledildonics with smart technology, the tech used to connect your entire lifestyle to the cloud from which you can control your refrigerator, thermostat, car, and now your sex toys. Apps allow other users to control what is done to your body — and what you do to another’s — with just the caress of a finger.

Sounds like a good time, right? Well, don’t you worry your pretty little head … someone has figured out how to mess it up for all of the lonely hearts (and genitals) out there. Opening up your legs to smart tech makes you vulnerable to cyber attacks in literally the most personal of spaces. Newsweek covered the issue when a sex toy was hacked at a convention to show folks just how vulnerable they really are. The mind cannot help but wander to the idea of hackers turning their mother’s basement into some kind of Orwellian sex dungeon.

This opens up all kinds of questions regarding sexual assault and laws that cover cyberspace. How will they defend our bodies when they cannot even properly prosecute and sentence person-to-person rape cases, as shown in the Kesha vs. Dr. Luke lawsuit?

While the sexual possibilities are exciting, there’s a lot of kinks to be worked out.

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Laurel Dickman is an intersectional feminist, plus size model, stylist, and fat activist that can also be found via her blogs, Exile In Dietville and 2 Broke Bitches. She grew up in the south between Florida and North Carolina, migrating to the Portland, OR in 2005. All three places inform her perspective of the world around her a great deal. While in Portland, she worked with the Alley 33 Annual Fashion Show, PudgePDX, PDX Fatshion, Plumplandia, and numerous other projects over the near decade that she was there. In August of 2014, she moved to the Bay area with her partner, David and trusty kitty, Dorian Gray. She continues her body positive and intersectional feminism through various forms of activism, fashion, photography projects, and writing from her home in the East Bay. She can be reached at laurel@wyvmag.com and encourages readers to reach out to her to collaborate!

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