You are right to some extent. Though, I think to some extent men want to be good to any woman, by showing some affection. I think robowaifus are meant for being treated as girlfriend, of course not with the same rights, but still to treat her nicely. Of course, one could look at them as purely as as slave with the option of being used for sex.
The robowaifus in anime are often quite submissive. I'm sure there are stories where the guy takes advantage of that, but these might be rater hentai (porn) or some are just cheesy by having a bad story. But you're right, most stories I recall are way to much on the side of shy guy not making use of the situation and treating her like a human which needs to be seduced.
>Maybe, it's because the Japanese view dolls as things with souls?
Good idea, but my guess it's rather because it is meant for teenagers, and there might be youth protection laws or cultural taboos, which can be ignored but then it's most likely rather ecchi or hentai for adults. So it might be a problem of categorizing it, and also there aren't enough shows. I would like to see something were the guy is just the master of her, without doubts about his right to be that way, maybe still mostly nice, but clearly not searching for some kind of confirmation. Where she isn't questioning her role, though optionally maybe be a bit sarcastic about it. Then, please without having a silly story.
> literal feminists that push the "robots are going to kill you because they will become sentient" trope
They are not the only ones, but yes I think so. The western movies and shows I consider to stand out positively are Terminator: SCC, Turbo Kid, and Tomorrowland (please hide spoilers if you answer). They are at least showing them positively and human bonding to them not as something negative. FYI, the one in Tomorowland is a child and the bonding to a (young) guy is only a small part of the story.
>does anyone know if a politically incorrect robo story exists
Problem is, I don't remember details very well, even for shows which I watched twice or three times. As I wrote before, there might be ones which I don't really like, "Indian Summer" comes to mind. The anime which comes closest while being good might be "Clockwork Planet".
This list here is from me >>9161
, btw. In "Unbreakable Machine Doll" she's in love with her master and quite aggressive about it, but he doesn't want her, though he might still treat her quite like a human for all I remember. The human character in "Pandora in the Crimson Shell" is a girl, but she doesn't care about consent when wanting to hug her robowaifu. Related: >>8759
. I don't really remember about Butobi CPU, but I liked it.