The job description for a booth babe sounds pretty harmless, doesn’t it? All you do basically is spend a couple of hours at a noisy convention, dressed in whatever little outfit is provided for you, walk around talking and showing off a product, and then crash in your room at night. Sounds simple enough. However, while the job itself my not be very depending, it certainly seems to push these girls to borders of awkwardness and uneasiness that the attendees may realize.
Sure, most of them are models. Sure, they know they’re pretty hot. Sure, they know men are going to ogle over them. Though does this give someone the right to be disrespectful towards a booth babe just because she’s showing some cleavage?
Gizmodo produced a short four minute documentary where they interviewed a few booth babes that worked the passing CES. The documentary takes a look at what it’s like to be in the heels on the floor. While some women are simply there because it was an easy modeling job to get, others are there due to actually liking technology and wanted the job as a way to see some new products. Others didn’t care and just happened to be pretty and got the job to make a quick buck. But despite their true intentions of being there, they all told stories of how some male attendees act towards them as they see them more as products than people.
It seems as if some men forget that these women are being paid to be looked at and lure them to a booth and instead, see them as being there for sex-for-hire. The stories are interesting; some even a bit disturbing.