Techie Reads

I’ll be posting here about interesting companies and articles I’ve read related to health and technology, specifically related to women’s health & hospital at home.

Female-Focused Sex Tech + Breaking the Double Standard

Female-Focused Sex Tech

CES Innovation Reward revoked for Female Sex Tech Product (Wired):

A year after awarding Osé with an innovation award, CES (the largest Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas) has decided to revoke the award and prohibit them from exhibiting in 2019. Osé's device uses micro-robotic technology to mimic the sensation of a human mouth, tongue and fingers in order to produce a blended orgasm for women. The CTA explained that entries deemed “in their sole discretion to be immoral, obscene, indecent, profane or not in keeping with the CTA’s image will be disqualified." Keeping in mind that CES allowed a virtual reality porn company to exhibit in 2017 and a sex toy robot for men in 2018, this seems like quite a double standard. Check out Tech Crunch's coverage here.

MTA bans (female) sex toy advertising on subways (Vice): After months of proofs and edits, the MTA has decided to not let Dame Products run ads for their products on the subway system and updated their policy to exclude ads that promote sexually oriented businesses. This decision might be fairer if they didn't run ads for erectile dysfunction medication and condom providers, Hims and Roman, respectively. The MTA has also previously disapproved ads for "period-proof" underwear brand Thinx, citing concern that that children might ask their parents what a "period" is. Check out that article here.

CES 2019 Video with three female Sex Tech founders (Cnet): An interesting discussion with the female founders/CEOs of OhMiBod, Dame & Lioness about their products and the technological advances in the field. They discuss how their role in making female-focused sex tech a non-issue and how they hope to make their exhibits appropriate (instead of CES’ infamous “booth babes” that show off new wearables at the conference.)

Netta Levran