Few industries have felt the same pushback as SexTech. It seems that no matter how valuable, unique, or innovative a product or service is—involving SexTech in the equation inspires prudes to throw up roadblocks. The SexTech industry is resilient and made up of passionate designers, creatives, marketers, and others who simply aren’t willing to take No for an answer. That has led to some fun an...
Sex is largely considered a private matter, which is why some people simply don’t discuss it. Like any vital issue that impacts most people—silence is never a good thing. One prominent sex tech entrepreneur thinks the only solution is to stand up and speak out.
According to Forbes, Lora DiCarlo suffered an injustice at the 1029 CES Awards. Her product, called the “Ose” was selected as an honoree in the Robotics and Drone category. It’s a robotic device for women designed to produce a “blended orgasm,” or that which involves both clitoral and G-spot stimulation. Sounds awesome, right?
Sadly no. DiCarlo’s award was rescinded using words like “profane,” and “indecent.” How physical pleasure can be “profane” was not expounded on. To add insult to injury, robotic RealDoll sex dolls were displayed at the same event without incident. One can only assume that sex toys aimed at men are thrilling innovations while those made for women are “immoral” and “obscene.” After speaking up about this obvious and infuriating double standard, the award was reinstated.
DiCarlo’s thinking is that sex should be discussed freely within the context of general health. Sex is part of general wellbeing, and it’s silly to pretend it isn’t. Opening up about sex and sexuality removes stigma and can obliterate persistent stereotypes that are hurtful in real-world ways. Normalizing the discussion around preferences, or using sex toys to enhance relationships and personal pleasure is beneficial for individuals and society at large.
Sex tech products are now booming, even at CES. Rather than feel nervous about the competition, DiCarlo feels a sense of community with other sex toy developers and vendors. Despite competing products, the retailers are united in the idea that open, informed sexual discussion benefits everyone. By raising collective voices, the prominence of the sex tech industry will only increase.