Their seduction-through-conversation begins hesitantly and then becomes erotic. A children’s book I read to my then eight-year old… The right voice can raise one’s spirits, heart-rate, and libido more than any oiled six-pack.
There's such a diversity of opinions concerning this book that I can't bring myself to take sides. This short book reads as the transcript of the conversation between two strangers, Abby and Jim, who connect, one-to-one, via a sex line in the early 1990s. As Marshall Mc Luhan said, “The medium is the message.” But reading about voices talking about intimate things… “It excites me quite a bit to tell you that I’m going to tell you.”It is inherently prurient and voyeuristic (but probably tame compared with Fifty Shades), and everything is at at least one remove: you read about the fantasy of hearing, or reading about, or watching other people talk about or act out their fantasies.
It explores the details of internet-linked devices that transmit real physical contact. He is the only person to win the Loebner prize – an annual competition to determine which chat software is the most realistic – in two separate decades, first in 1997 and again in 2009., that he first became interested in the subject.
Specifically, he read a quote from a 1984 book by Sherry Turkle, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Adrian David Cheok, Professor of Pervasive Computing at London’s City University, has been refining a device called a Kissinger: a set of pressure-sensitive artificial lips that can transmit a kiss from a real mouth to a similar device owned by a partner who might be thousands of miles away.
The Kissinger system has been in development for about eight years, with the latest model designed to plug into a smartphone.
Instead, I present Your cut-out-and-keep do-it-yourself Vox reviewing kit This (ground-breaking/tedious/overhyped/short) novel does for phone sex what (Last Tango in Paris/Lady Chatterley's Lover/Death in the Afternoon/The Bell Jar/Ben Hur) did for (sodomy/gamekeepers/bullfighting/suicide/chariot-racing). The brain is the sexiest organ, and the voice is a conduit from one mind to another: pitch, timbre, accent, and intonation determine the hearer’s response at lea Vox… This is not my usual fare, and I’m too conflicted to give it a star rating.
“Sex addiction feels extremely personal when you’re the partner because it affects the most intimate part of your relationship in a way that, say, alcohol or drugs just don’t,” she explains.
By kissing the screen, the movements of a person’s lips can be mirrored in the other machine and that kiss will be given to whoever has his or her mouth against a corresponding machine.
The future, he says, will involve the subconscious part of the brain.
Letting go of such intoxicating nourishment seems unimaginable.
Before you are tempted to do something risky -- like leave your stable, good relationship for your exciting emotional lover -- it's important to examine what's really going on. There's a huge difference between a platonic friendship and a friendship that has crossed the line into the emotional sex danger zone.
These addictive love chemicals feel so good that it's difficult for you to even imagine ending contact with your friend.
Your connection feels genuine and even life-sustaining.
“I could have dealt with a gambling addiction or alcoholism – anything but this,” Rachel confirms.
Like most partners, she initially didn’t buy into the concept of sex addiction (“it sounded like a pretty weak excuse for an affair”) and even when she did start to believe that her husband’s behaviour was compulsive, her friends didn’t (“they’d look at me in despair, asking since when had sexual desire became a monster that can’t be controlled”), leaving her feeling isolated.
Instead, I present Your cut-out-and-keep do-it-yourself Vox reviewing kit This (ground-breaking/tedious/overhyped/short) novel does for phone sex what (Last Tango in Paris/Lady Chatterley's Lover/Death in the Afternoon/The Bell Jar/Ben Hur) did for (sodomy/gamekeepers/bullfighting/suicide/chariot-racing). Abby mentions yeast infections four times in thirty pages. And there’s a long list of things that Jim is not aroused by, including: poolside shots, wet t-shirts, women’s feet, Victorian-style lingerie, pigtails, and having men nearby.
The rest of this review is available elsewhere (the location cannot be given for Goodreads policy reasons)Vox… They both have a distaste for certain sexual words, including breasts, ass, masturbation, and horny, for which they use alternatives: frans/Kleins, tock, dither/fiddle/strum, and porny/gorny/yorny.