Robot fetishism  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Robot fetishism is the name popularly used to describe a fetishistic attraction to humanoid or non-humanoid robots or people dressed in robot costumes. A related fetish is agalmatophilia, which involves attraction to mannequins or statues. A common fantasy related to these fetishes involves transformation into a robot, mannequin, or statue.

It is sometimes referred to by the initials ASFR, from the newsgroup.

Robot fetishism can be viewed as a form of erotic objectification.

The gynoid in Fritz Lang's film Metropolis can be viewed as an early example of the robot as fetish object. Frank Zappa's classic concept album Joe's Garage dealt with robot fetishism as a sort of perversion where the protagonist, "Joe", sinks into a life of sexual confusion and meaningless experimentation. In Star Trek: The Next Generation, the android, Data, was the object of sexual desire more than once up to actual sex and he was extensively programmed with numerous sexual techniques.

The fetish artist Hajime Sorayama is notable for his depiction of robots as erotic objects.

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