Sex toy maker blasts CES over award flip-flop

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Lora DiCarlo (a company owned by Lora Haddock) was awarded the CES 2019 Innovation Awards in the Robotics and Drones section for the Ose personal massager.

Every January, nearly 180,000 people travel to Las Vegas for CES, Consumer Electronics Show. But what makes the DiCarlo drama even more weird is that CES has also shown female-centric sex tech in the past.

But the award was rescinded weeks later by the CES organizer, the Consumer Technology Association, TechCrunch reported.

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Later, CTA told The Verge the award had been revoked because the Ose did not fit into any existing product categories and should never have been included in the first place. The sex toy Lora DiCarlo submitted sounds like a flawless fit for the show.

CTA Deputy General Counsel Kara Maser acknowledged Lora DiCarlo's frustration, but affirmed the product's ineligibility, "even if your submission was mistakenly allowed in the first instance".

"The fact is we went through a vetting process by the CTA then we followed that up with being judged by a panel of expert judges in robotics who decided we were at the top of the pile and they gave us an award", she said.

"CES and the CTA have a long, documented history of gender bias, sexism, misogyny, and double standards - much like the tech industry as a whole", Ms Haddock said.

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'From the exclusion of female founders and executives to the lack of female-focused products allowed to exhibit on the floor - there are demonstrable issues with diversity'.

She also notes that the organisers may well believe they had covered off "women's interests" through the other prizes awarded in the 2019 robotics and drones category, including two robotic vacuum cleaners, four children's toys and a shopping companion robot.

If you ask us, a product created to empower women's sexuality and health is far from "profane", and as Haddock made clear in her blog post, it practically screams robotics.

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