Museum’s sex show gets dressing down from feds
Ottawa Sun: Curators hosting a raunchy sex exhibit for schools are getting a spanking from the heritage minister.
The Museum of Science and Technology is hosting Sex: A Tell All Exhibition, which includes a climax room with a round leather bed, a screen showing aroused genitals, a man’s voice describing his orgasm, naked statues with light-up erogenous zones, and video commentary from adults singing the praises of multiple partners and “friends with benefits.”
It was designed for children 12 and older and school field trips, complete with follow-up quiz games for teachers. The admission age has increased to 16, but younger students can still see it on field trips.
“The purpose of the National Museum of Science and Technology is to foster scientific and technological literacy throughout Canada,” said James Maunder, spokesman for federal Heritage Minister James Moore.
“It is clear this exhibit does not fit within that mandate. This content cannot be defended, and is insulting to taxpayers,” Maunder said. “We have expressed our strong concerns to the president of the Museum, and we encourage Canadians who are concerned to do the same.”
The display includes signs with printed questions and push button audio answers to questions like, “Sometimes when I look at a handsome singer, my panties become wet. Is this normal?”
An animated video showing naked young people how to masturbate was originally included but was removed after parents previewing the display were horrified.
The exhibit was crafted by the Montreal Science Centre with input from sexologists, and organizers hoped it would “fill in gaps” left by changes to the province’s sex ed programs in schools. It cost $800,000 to build. The Museum of Science and Technology gets about $30 million from federal taxpayers per year.
From the Museum’s website:
- Why did the Canada Science and Technology Museum decide to show Sex: A Tell-all Exhibition? The human body and sexuality are subjects of broad appeal and fundamental concern, especially for young people, an important audience for the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
- Won’t Sex: A Tell-all Exhibition encourage young people to have sex? No. The exhibition informs visitors and helps them understand the issues surrounding sexuality so they can make enlightened and responsible decisions.
- My child will be visiting the exhibition on a school field trip. Will they automatically visit this exhibition? School group visits are planned by the teacher. …As such, if this exhibition is a part of the teacher’s plan, it can be enjoyed fully by the group.
Catholic Canada has more details on some of the “exhibits”:
- “Watch a colourful multimedia presentation on the four phases of sex: excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution. Once again, the brain sets the stage, but it sometimes gets overtaken by events…”
- “Join an unusual social network where the more friends you have, the less protection you have and the higher your risk of contracting an STI. Take part in a funny but accurate presentation on how to use a condom, based on a real instruction manual. Find the right contraception method for you.”
- “What is that called? P*ssy, sn*tch, b*sh for girls. Pr*ck, c*ck, d*ck for boys. The language used to talk about sexuality – especially the words used to identify genitals – is astonishingly creative.”
See an interview with students and exhibits here. Kids in the video said they don’t talk to their parents about sexuality. Why aren’t these parents doing their job?
Only in a platform under the guise of “sexual education” could one get away with exposing minors to this. Anyone else off the street and they’d be arrested.
Wonder if the exhibit has a section on abstinence?