Saw a story where the City of Houston is making a new law that forbids anyone from opening a robot brothel within the city limits.

I’ll let you think about that for a minute.

Okay, it seems a business called Kinky S Dolls was planning on opening the robot brothel in Houston until the city leaders got wind of it and yelled, “Let’s party like it’s 1899!”

They used a technicality saying contractors were working without a permit while building the place and made them stop, insuring no business could permit a customer to have ... relations ... with a robot within the city limits until they put a law in place forbidding it.

I’ll let you think on it some more.

The idea of having relations with a robot isn’t a new thing, though it is completely a male thing. Robot girlfriends have been a running joke on the TV show “The Big Bang Theory.” It’s also been the subject of drama since back in the days of “The Twilight Zone,” though “Westworld” has taken it in a much more, um, adult direction in recent times.

Speaking as a member of the male gender, I know how difficult it can be to get a woman to pay any attention to you. Sure, I’ve been married 134 years, but I remember being so nervous about approaching a woman, or girl, I’d almost get sick. It would have been so much easier if I could have just visited the local Kinky S Dolls shop and placed an order.

According to some psychologists, there is a plus side to robot girlfriends. They can help guys who might otherwise get frustrated with women and do something they really shouldn’t do. Some even say it could help pedophiles by giving them an inanimate object to ... well, you know.

But other head doctor type people say it would just delay those types of people from doing their thing. You know, after a while, you just have to have the real thing.

Back in Houston, one of the employees at the Kinky S Doll Shop told a TV station there is a definite need for such a place. There was no elaboration on that comment, but I guess it means there are a lot of men out there who are tired of all the loops and tricks you have to go through just to get a woman to realize you’re alive.

Some people, and I’m actually among them, think robot girlfriends would completely eradicate marriage within a couple of generations. It may not be as pervasive as it used to be, but marrying a woman used to be the only way to get her to ... cook for you. If you weren’t married, you had to make all your own meals.

If you have a robot girlfriend to cook for you, and she cooks all your favorite meals without question or complaint, why would you bother with a real woman when all she’ll do is say she doesn’t cook those things and get mad when you say you bet her friend likes to cook.

Why is this completely a male thing, you might ask? I’m not a woman, so I can’t say why the idea of a Brad Pitt or George Clooney robot (or whoever the hot male celebrity is right now) doesn’t make them sneer at real men more than they already do. Of course, women never do like really cool things. Try to start a conversation about “Star Wars” with one of them and you’ll see what I mean.

Before some of you get all excited, don’t think these robots are that great. You can find (safe for work) video of them all over the internet and they’re basically herky jerky dolls without any facial expressions. The robots from the aforementioned “Westworld” are nowhere near being a real thing.

But they will be one day. I’m sure the first human-like robot will be revealed in a way that lets us know what we thought was a human is actually an Android (they won’t say robot) and aren’t we amazed?

And people who withdraw from society will have yet another reason to happily believe other people don’t exist. And you thought the self-check out lanes were destroying human interactions.

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