If you've ever been to any sort of male-heavy convention, such as comic book/sci-fi or tech ones, then you've probably seen the anachronistic phenomenon known as booth babes. For the uninitiated, booth babes are women who are dressed in as little clothing as possible for the sole purpose of attracting more attendees to their vendors. They're essentially signposts with boobs. That this advertising model is cheaper and easier to deploy than traditional ones, has led to its inclusion on convention floors around the world. Still, it hasn't come without its criticisms and some have chosen to leave this practice in the past altogether.
Kyle Bachan is a freelance writer from Toronto, Ontario. His work has also appeared in Torontoist, Gender Across Borders, and Ms. magazine.
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