Female sex toy firm slams CES for gender bias after losing award

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

The comment was made after Samsung's archrival LG Electronics impressed the world with the industry's first rollable organic light-emitting diode TV on Monday. Not only had the CTA revoked their award, but the company wouldn't even be allowed to showcase the Osé, or even have an exhibit at CES 2019.

Apple doesn't usually shy away from a chance to battle with its competitors, but it hasn't used a trade show to make an argument, let alone even a public presence, for many years.

Thus keeping in view CTA's image, the organisers chose to disqualify the product.

CTA President and CEO Gary Shapiro and Executive Vice President Karen Chupka reportedly followed up with a memo stating that Lora DiCarlo's product-designed with university robotics engineering labs and a team of engineers-was "actually ineligible" for the robotics and drone category.

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However, Haddock pointed to other sex-related tech that appeared at CES in the past. "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".

The Consumer Electronic Association has rescinded its Innovation Award given to a sex toy, disqualifying the personal massager because they deemed it to be "immoral, obscene, indecent, profane".

The product does not fit into any of our existing product categories and should not have been accepted for the Innovation Awards Program. So why did it rescind this award and risk further accusations of gender bias? "CES does not have a category for sex toys".

It certainly seems like a case of double standards.

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