One would think that the forward-thinking minds behind the International Consumer Electronics Show( CES) in Las Vegas would be well beyond cowing to outdated doubled standards when it is necessary to sexuality. But, unfortunately, they’re not.
Lora DiCarlo, a woman-run start-up “determined to change the face of pleasure products” was selected as a CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Robotics and Drone product category for the Ose personal massager.
According to Lora DiCarlo, CEO and founder Lora Haddock, this revolutionary hands-free sexuality plaything for girls uses “new micro-robotic engineering that simulateds all of the sensations of a human mouth, tongue, and thumbs, for an experience that feels just like a real partner.”
The product also promises to help women achieve a merged orgasm which happens when clitoral and vaginal orgasms occur simultaneously.
No small-scale feat.
The Ose personal massager was developed almost completely by a female squad of engineers.
After receiving the honor “My team wallowed and celebrated, ” Haddock wrote in an open letter.“A month afterwards our excitement and preparations were cut short.”
Administrators with the Consumer Technology Association revoked the award, stating 😛 TAGEND
Entries deemed by CTA in their sole discretion to be immoral, obscene, indecent, pervert or not in keeping with CTA’s image will be disqualified. CTA reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entering at any time which, in CTA’s opinion, jeopardizes the security or well being of the person or persons, or fails to comply with these Official Rules .</ blockquote>
Haddock responded by calling the CTA out for gender bias saying, “a literal sexuality doll for men launched on the flooring at CES in 2018 and a VR porn company exhibits there every year, allowing men to watch porn in public as consumers stroll by.”
So this is ok? But a Ose personal massager for women is “ immoral, obscene, indecent, profane or not in keeping with CTA’s image”?
“Men’s sexuality is allowed to be explicit with a literal sexuality robot in the shape of an unrealistically proportioned woman and VR porn in point of pride along the aisle, ” Haddock continued. “Female sexuality, on the other hand, is heavily muted if not outright banned. You cannot pretend to be unbiased if you allow a sex robot for men but not a vagina-focused robotic massager for blended orgasm.”
Lora DiCarlo has asked people to respond to the dispute by sharing their believes on twitter at #CESGenderBias.
CES: you’re a sexuality tech company? Hi-five! How big are the tits on your robot?
Lora DiCarlo: oh. No, we want to show off our new vibrator.
Lora DiCarlo: you know, for women. #
— AnotherCol (@ anothercol) January 9, 2019
@CES Way to uphold the stereotype of a male-dominated tech industry. Banning a female sexuality toy while showcasing tons of male-oriented sexuality products. Will be glad to see the downfall of you and other organisations with outdated stances like yours. #CESGenderBias.
— Joseph Moog (@ MihalyMosonyi) January 9, 2019
Weird that @CES has allowed sex playthings is targeted at boys at the prove( find Harmony the sex doll and a VR porn experience targetted at humen in previous years ), but decided to ban a product that they awarded a prize to which is designed for women … #CESGenderBias
— Daravel (@ Daravel_Fox) January 9, 2019