The sexist tech goof-up we hate from CES 2019

Jan 15, 2019, 5:54 AM EST

The hidden, subtle and implicit sexism in the technology industry has been an open secret. But the Consumer Electronics Show 2019 didn’t even bother to veil its loathsome gender bias as it banned a robotic sex toy for women after honoring it with its prestigious Innovation Awards.

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which runs the show, initially found Lora DiCarlo’s product qualifying for its definitions of “immoral, obscene, indecent, profane or not in keeping with its image,” only to take a U-turn on this “bizarre” judgement, notes Dezeen.

The “prudishness” on the part of CTA to ban an “obscene” toy is indicative of its contempt for women’s sexual pleasure and their need to orgasm. The sexist goof-up isn’t an aberration from high-profile tech giants who see nothing wrong in planting skimpily dressed “booth babes” to display their products.

The whole drama was not only a blow to the all-women team behind the toy, but also ironic given that the trade show has a history of showcasing sex tech geared toward men, reports Digital Trends.

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