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The Consumer Electronic Association has rescinded its Innovation Award given to a sex toy, deeming the personal massager 'immoral, obscene, indecent, and profane'.
The Ose massager, created by mostly-female startup company Lora DiCarlo, is a tool to give a hands-free blended orgasm by using advanced micro-robotics to mimic a human partner.
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The CEA, which is currently holding its CES showcase in Las Vegas, granted a CES Innovation Award in the robotics category to Lora DiCarlo for its sex toy, but according to owner Lora Haddock the award was taken back a month later.
Now Haddock is appealing the decision, which she calls a double standard and says has potentially cost the startup investors.
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A CES spokeswoman said in a statement: 'The product does not fit into any of our existing product categories and should not have been accepted for the Innovation Awards Program. CTA [Consumer Technology Association]has communicated this position to Lora DiCarlo. We have apologized to the company for our mistake.'
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. We made an error in processing your application.'
'Why - CES - Women - Products - Lora
'Why is CES threatened by empowered women and the products that empower them?,' Lora DiCarlo said in a post Tuesday.
Haddock said her lawyer advised that CTA has breached its contract. She responded in a letter to Shapiro and Chupka.
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'Your letter claims our product is ''ineligible,'' yet you never explain why. It cannot be simply for the fact that we make a...
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