Banned Sex Toy Gets CES Organisers All ‘Hot & Bothered’
A CES sex toy designed for women and given an Innovation Award has suddenly been banned from the Las Vegas tech show.
Now being described as “Proods” the Consumer Technology Association organisers of the show and the same people who granted the award, said it had included the device by mistake and could withdraw any immoral or obscene entries at any time.
The makers of the device are now clapping their hands in glee after the ban generated worldwide publicity for the device.
CEO Lora Haddock said there was a double-standard at CES when it came to sexual health products targeted at men versus women.
“Men’s sexuality is allowed to be explicit, with a literal sex robot in the shape of an unrealistically proportioned woman and VR porn in point of pride along the aisle,” she said.
The products she is referring to are the RealDoll sex robot Harmony, which debuted at last year’s event, and a room showcasing virtual reality porn off the main conference in 2017.
The excuse given by the CTA was that the product did not fit into any of their existing product categories and “should not have been accepted”.
“We have apologised to the company for our mistake.” a spokesperson said.
But, in a statement on the Lora DiCarlo website, CEO Lora Haddock cites several examples of other female-oriented products included in the award category the vibrator was in.
The product was designed in partnership with a robotics laboratory at Oregon State University and had eight patents pending for “robotics, biomimicry, and engineering feats”, Ms Haddock said.
“We firmly believe that women, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and LGBTQI folks should be vocally claiming our space in pleasure and tech,” she said.
“Two robotic vacuum cleaners, one robotic skateboard, four children’s toys, one shopping companion robot – looks like all of women’s interests are covered, right?” she said.
“Ose clearly fits the robotics and drone category – and CTA’s own expert judges agree.
This year, an unofficial shuttle bus is taking people from the conference site to a legal brothel for a sex-video experience controlled by an Amazon Echo speaker.