Which brings us back to kid sex robots. In this case, there is no issue of anyone, a child or otherwise, being subjected to bodily harm in the strict sense. Nor is there any party to whom consent must be given. It ought, according to standard harm-principle reasoning, be a straightforward case of Let ‘er rip!.
Yet one imagines that Lin speaks for most people when he says that this cannot be countenanced. One could say that this is because it is possible that indulging in these appetites in an ostensibly harmless manner will sooner or later encourage pedophiles to seek out the real thing. But I doubt it.
The truth is that all of us at some level or another understand as if by instinct that certain desires are in and of themselves wrong.