Beyond Titstare: 8 More Sexist Moments at Tech Events
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5. DefCon: NSA not invited, boobs are cool.
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DefCon, a massive hacker conference held each year in Las Vegas, features a nighttime game show event called " Hacker Jeopardy," where participants "drink their way through tough questions, meaningless trivia and nearly X-rated pictures." This event also includes the hostess, Vanna Vinyl, a "beautiful babe" who is asked to take her clothes off (and sometimes does.) As Elinor Mills wrote last month at PandoDaily, "Yeah, 'that’s just Vegas,' you might say. Unfortunately, this isn’t just a case of an out-of-control beer bash. It’s an annual tradition at the largest gathering of hackers and security professionals in the world."
6. "Let's say hello to Jenny and her [drunk] girlfriends!"
In March of this year, Samsung launched its Galaxy S4 phone in a bizarre hour-long presentation— broadcast live in Times Square—that was tacky at best and sexist at worst, according to some commentators. Molly Wood, executive editor for CNET, noted that "The Brazilian woman was hot (duh). A bride-to-be arrives on stage with a chirpy, "check out the ring!"…Once you get hit with 5, 6, 8, or 10 [crappy female stereotypes] in a row, it really starts to feel a lot less hilarious." Jeff Calhoun, one of the producers for the event, told The Verge, "To not have a woman of authority up there [on stage] was a big mistake — there were a lot of women on the Samsung side." To see one of many strange portrayals of women, watch the clip above.
7. This hackathon advertisement:
In an advertisement for the 2012 API Jam, a hackathon-like event held in Boston, a New York-based deals site called Sqoot ran the above advertisement. The controversial statement obviously had to do with the line advertising that if coders showed up, women, "a great perk," would bring them beer. Several sponsors dropped out of the event and Sqoot was forced to apologize for what it considered a " fun, harmless comment."
8. This advertisement for...hard drives?
At the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, HyperJuice (formerly HyperMac), which makes hard drives, had a booth that featured a display of women standing on pedestals wearing nothing but pasties, thongs, and body paint. After the models sparked a protest, the Consumer Electronics Association revised its guidelines for next year's convention so that participants are aware that they should use " thoughtful consideration" when hiring "booth babes."