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Sex: A Tell-All Exhibition

Sex: A Tell-All Exhibition

After a pub­lic out­cry, an ani­mated video show­ing a boy and girl mas­tur­bat­ing has been removed from Canada’s fed­eral sci­ence museum, just in time for a sex exhibit to open.

The Canada Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Museum will open the Sex: A Tell-all Exhi­bi­tion on Thurs­day as sched­uled despite harsh crit­i­cism from Cana­dian Her­itage Min­is­ter James Moore.

The cen­ter has decided to remove the video. It’s also rais­ing to 16 from 12 years the min­i­mum age for unac­com­pa­nied chil­dren to tour the exhibit, which was designed to answer ques­tions youth have about sexuality.

The museum has received a higher than expected amount of expres­sions of con­cerns from the pub­lic,” said spokesman Yves St-Onge.

We take the feed­back of our com­mu­nity seri­ously, and so we have care­fully con­sid­ered their sug­ges­tions, and taken appro­pri­ate action that we believe will best serve our audiences.”

About 50 com­plaints were received from par­ents who dis­agree that the show is edu­ca­tional in nature.

Canada’s Sun news­pa­per chain described a “cli­max room” show­ing ani­ma­tions of aroused gen­i­tals, accom­pa­ny­ing by a voiceover of a man describ­ing an orgasm.

James Maun­der, a spokesman for Moore, said it was obvi­ous that the exhibit fell out­side the museum’s man­date of assist­ing sci­en­tific and tech­no­log­i­cal lit­er­acy: “This con­tent can­not be defended, and is insult­ing to taxpayers.”

Replied St-Onge: “The exhi­bi­tion is designed to present infor­ma­tion in a sci­en­tific, frank and acces­si­ble man­ner, an approach that the Canada Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy Museum supports.”

The exhibit is on loan from Montreal.

The Web site of the Saskatchewan Sci­ence Cen­tre, where the exhibit will also open Thurs­day, says: “Decid­edly mod­ern in its approach, the exhi­bi­tion will rely on video, com­puter ani­ma­tion, real-life pho­tog­ra­phy, inter­ac­tive elec­tronic plat­forms, and sur­pris­ingly real­is­tic mod­els, and on advice from experts to com­mu­ni­cate its message.”

The museum said it’s gone a step beyond the rec­om­mended 12-and-up age limit.

Said another museum spokesman, Luc Founier: “The exhi­bi­tion does not pro­mote sex at all, the exhi­bi­tion pro­motes sex­ual aware­ness and sex­ual edu­ca­tion. In our case, we’ve decided (ages) 16 and over gain access unac­com­pa­nied but any­one under 16 must be accom­pa­nied by a par­ent or adult.”

Sex­u­al­ity PhD stu­dent Joce­lyn Went­land said she took a group of teens to see the exhibit. She rec­om­mends that oth­ers see it them­selves and make up their own minds.

The best thing would be as teens to walk around it with your par­ents, split up and then talk about what sur­prised you and what you liked,” she said. “It’s all about hav­ing those con­ver­sa­tions and they should be tak­ing place at home first.”

Sex: A Tell-All Exhi­bi­tion runs until Jan­u­ary. The exhibit won’t be a part of sum­mer camps or school pro­grams, the museum said.

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