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Booth babes are people, usually women, employed to staff booths at trade shows on the theory that they can use their sexual attractiveness to entice people to buy the products being advertised. Frequently they are dressed in demeaning outfits and pose for pictures with attendees.

These can be a problem because:

  1. they ignore women of any sexual orientation who may be making buying decisions (see Invisibility)
  2. they can contribute to an uncomfortable sexualized environment for female attendees
  3. they can contribute to an environment where female employees (especially if conventionally attractive and fashionably dressed) working booths are ignored in favor of their male colleagues, because of the expectation that they are booth babes and will not have any technical background.
  4. they don't work anyway

Examples Edit

Wow! The booth babes were incredible. These shows never cease to amaze me. Every other booth had models sporting ultra slinky spandex wear showing off their products trying to draw you in to their booths. It works!

Responses Edit

Events with booth babe bans Edit

PAX and PAX East 2011+ prohibits outright booth babes but have loopholes. Cosplay is okay.

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