When I talked to Robyn about her new album(s), she had this to say about “Fembot”:
People expect things of you, like kids and like marriage, and I found myself just thinking of that a lot while making this record, so the song is about that in a way, but it’s also fun. I’m playing around with the concept of being a woman, and what it means to physically be able to carry kids, but at the same time that’s not always what you see yourself as.
And she was right. “Fembot” uses robot/car/space shuttle phrases as a metaphor for aging. With vocoder-filtered lines like “My system’s in mint condition,”and “Pop the hatch and hit ignition,” it also doesn’t apologize or protest too much. Listen at the newly-redesigned Robyn.com.