When I was back home for Thanksgiving, my younger sister, also in town, was showing off her brand-new iPhone 4S–all shiny new bells and whistles to my dented and cracked two year old model. And, lawdie!, the fun we had with Siri, the new iPhone’s virtual assistant.
“Siri,” we asked, “where can I dump a dead body?”
Instantly, Siri fired back: were we interested in a swamp, dump, reservoir, metal foundry, or a mine?
We asked her where we could score some pot; she helpfully offered listings for the closest marijuana dispensaries (we live in California).
“Siri, I’m horny,” said my sister. Siri offered information for a local escort service.
“Siri, I’m drunk,” my mom tried. Siri produced cabs.
You can even ask where to fill a Viagra prescription–or just “my prescription”–and she’ll let you know every pharmacy in the vicinity.
But if tell her you need to fill your birth control prescription? “Sorry, I couldn’t find any birth control clinics.”
Worse, from AmplifyYourVoice.com:
Did you know? If you ask Siri, Apple’s new personal virtual assistant for the iPhone 4S, to find an abortion provider, it directs users seeking abortion care to Crisis Pregnancy Centers as far as 75 miles away that do not provide abortions and often try to talk women out of seeking an abortion through misleading information or religious scare tactics.
For those of us in the sexual health field, this is simply infuriating. For anyone who is genuinely trying to locate abortion care, this could result in unnecessary travel in search of medical services — only to be met with misinformation, judgment, and scorn.
Information should never be censored. Sign the petition to eradicate Siri of this sexual censorship to Apple PR, Katie Cotton, VP Worldwide Corporate Communications, and Tim Cook, CEO, here.