Untethered from the usual social restraints, Internet chat-room devotees of all genders, ages, races and sexual proclivities or hang-ups give free rein to their disinhibited ids, getting in touch with their inner deviants.
A Freudian analyst's dream, they are the electronic talk therapy patients. They are also part personal ad interviewers and interviewees, part seducers and part religious.confesees.
The complexity of the cybersex phenomenon and the varied ethical issues anchored on it call for a rethinking of existing ethical frameworks and a formulation of a new one with concrete sexual norms for effective moral evaluation. The first section deals with cybersex as a contemporary human phenomenon, its ins and outs, its workings, language, and usage.
Otherwise they move on." Out of this often-kinky culture arose the celebrated cybersex trial, New York's first Internet-related sexual assault case.
Last May, Oliver Jovanovic, a Columbia University doctoral candidate, was sentenced to 15 years to life for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman he had met and corresponded with on the Internet.
So are we ready to embrace a world of 'teledildonics', 'motion-capture' love suits, and hardcore software?
When I first deposited Journalist Hellershanks in Second Life, I wanted him to stand out.