This is the Ose personal massager. A female-centric sex toy that can mimic the feel of a human mouth, tongue, and fingers, created by an almost exclusively female team and selected for a Consumer Electronics Show( CES) accolade in robotics- until that award was revoked and the product was banned from display at the conference, sparking talk of sexism and gender bias.
On the company website, Lora DiCarlo describes the product as “the only product designed for hands-free blended orgasms”. It uses advanced micro-robotics “for an experience that feels just like a real spouse, ” adapting to the user’s body for a personal fit. Features that clearly impressed the magistrates, who selected Ose as one of its honorees for the CES 2019 Innovation Awards in the Robotics and Drone product category.
Lora Haddock, founder and CEO of Lora DiCarlo, called this distinction a “feather in our collective cap”. Regrettably for the company, nonetheless, this particular feathering was soon withdrawn. Just one month subsequently, the company was told that Consumer Technology Association( CTA) administrators( who own and run CES) would be repealing the accolade and that the company would not be allowed to exhibit their product at CES 2019.
The reason? In the words of the CTA: “Entries deemed by CTA in their sole discretion to be immoral, indecent, indecent, profane or not in keeping with CTA’s image is likely to be disqualified.”
While this could be prudishness on behalf of the organiser, it is interesting to take a look at some of the products not considered “immoral” or “obscene” in previous years. 2018, for example, ascertained both the unveiling of a new sexuality doll that an unnerving resemblance to a real-life human woman and pole-dancing humanoids, which can perhaps best be described as feminine-looking terminators. And as for virtual reality porn, that seems to now be a regular feature of the show where punters are even given a chance to try it for themselves, popping up once again in 2019.
So, does that signify a handless vibrator is considered “immoral” and “obscene”- but humankinds having sexuality with a female-looking robot or drooling over scantily-clad women is not?
“Clearly CTA has no issue allowing explicit male sexuality and amusement to be ostentatiously on display, ” Haddock wrote in a statement. “Other sex dolls have exhibited at CES and some have even won accolades, but apparently there is something different, something threatening about Ose, a product created by women to empower women.”