Random scifi thought

Just to give you a peek into my frequently absurd musings, ponder this situation:

Assuming full-body holography becomes possible, will it be considered rape if an ugly man uses the technology to impersonate a good-looking man and has a one-night stand with a woman who would never consider having sex with the real him? Certainly there’s a large element of deception here, but does it rise to the level of rape?

4 Responses to “Random scifi thought”

  1. lee Says:

    Men already deceive to make themselves more attractive to women. It generally takes the form of lying about their job. Courts have said that does not constitute rape. However, if I recall correctly, misrepresenting oneself as her husband in order to have sex with a woman has been considered rape by the courts.

  2. Jeff V Says:

    make up = rape?

    Isn’t that what holography is, just very advanced make up?

  3. William Says:

    I agree with Jeff… to a point. But if you get a pro make-up artist who can make you look like someone completely different, that’s another level entirely, don’t you think? The average person can use makeup to cover minor blemishes and make themselves look better (or at least theoretically…) but holography would allow you to apply makeup to your whole body, essentially, and do things that makeup could never do, such as add muscle. Or at least, visually.

    All of this is fairly moot unless you’re talking about a force projector linked together with a holography system.

  4. Cyde Weys Says:

    William: I don’t think the force projector is really necessary. A lot sizable aspect of attraction is just in how the face looks, and differences between one face and another are physically rather small (unless we’re trying to cover up a huge nose). You could probably get away with having the projected face not match up perfectly with the actual physical face underlying it by up to several millimeters, which is more than enough to completely change someone’s appearance (just imagine what several millimeters of make-up can do!). I think it’s something you’d have to be on the look out for to ever notice, as you’d have to be touching the face while looking carefully at it. In the low light situations this guise would probably be employed in (bars, clubs, bedrooms, etc.), it’d be nearly impossible to notice.