CES: Sex-toy firm revoked for hands-free device slam 'sexist' awards

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But the efforts may now be overshadowed, after the organisers took back an Innovation Award from a women-led company with a rare female-dominated engineering team.

Furthermore, Haddock has also stated that this isn't the only reasoning that CES has given for revoking the award and keeping them from showing off their product on the CES showfloor, but she doesn't really touch on any of these "other" reasons in a massive post that she published on the official Lora DiCarlo website. It can not be simply for the fact that we make a product that is for women's sexual health, because CES has given recognition to similar products from our competitors and allowed them to exhibit at the show'.

To be determined by an independent panel, these awards are awarded to products that get a high enough score for becoming an honoree.

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More than 4,500 companies will operate booths at the convention, about 18 times the number of exhibitors in NY during the first CES in 1967. Numerous products won't be available to the general public for at least a couple of years.

We don't know when the billboard in question appeared, but it's clear that it's aimed at CES attendees and exhibitors. Indeed, plenty of other sex toys and VR demos have often been showcased at CES, including an oral sex simulating device. "We've seen token concessions, like the attempted 50/50 split of female and male keynote speakers in 2019 after an all male lineup in 2017 and 2018 - but sadly it's just cosmetic".

She is claiming CES and CTA are preaching a double standard.

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Moreover, show organisers and Consumer Technology Association alleged that this product is obscene, indecent and immoral.

In a November letter to Lora DiCarlo, CTA CEO Gary Shapiro and the executive vice president of CES, Karen Chupka, said: 'We are very sorry that we've gotten this far into the awards process and wish we had been aware earlier that your product was ineligible for entry in the Robotics and Drones category. "CES does not have a category for sex toys".

Pictured above: a promotional image on the Lora DiCarlo device for women.

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