A “Realbotix” doll in a virtual-reality lab in California. Graham Walzer / The New York Tim

A Brief History of Sex Dolls, From Leather Dummies to Sexbots

Will lifelike sex dolls be the solution for the loneliness of millions – or an extreme manifestation of the objectification of women?

A year before his death, French philosopher Rene Descartes was invited by Queen Christina of Sweden to be her private tutor. In 1649, he boarded a Stockholm-bound ship in the company of a young woman whom he...

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