The female-led team that made a robotic “Personal Massager” for Women has won a prestigious CES award. Then the organizers won.
Its creator, startup Lora DiCarlo, was also banned from exhibiting on the show floor at CES 2019 – the Consumer Electronics Show is the tech conference in Las Vegas that showcases new gadgets, innovations and technologies every year.
The show’s host, the Consumer Technology Association, said in an email to Lora DiCarlo that it reserves the right to disqualify any entry “deemed by CTA in its sole discretion to be immoral, obscene, indecent, profane or not consistent with the CTA image. “
An independent jury selected Lora DiCarlo’s Ose vibrator last fall to win an innovation award at CES 2019 in the robotics and drone category.
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But later Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CTA, apologized in a separate letter and said the company should have been informed that the masseur was “ineligible for entry”. CTA declined to provide the Associated Press with further comment on why the product was ineligible.
The creators of Ose say it’s sexism, noting that “a literal male sex doll launched to the floor at CES in 2018” and virtual reality porn company Naughty America has been exhibiting there for years.
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Naughty America spokesman Jack London said the company “has not had any issues allowing adult content to be shown at CES.” Lora Haddock, CEO of Lora DiCarlo, says this puts a double standard on the tech show already criticized for not including enough women.
“While there are sex and sexual health products at CES, it seems the CES / CTA administration applies the rules differently for companies and products based on the gender of their customers,” she said. written in a letter to CTA.
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