Echoing Barbara Kay’s sentiments in Full Comment a few days ago, I wanted to chime in with my strong disapproval of the Tell-all Sex Exhibition opening on May 17th at the Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa. An e-mail is going around describing the various exhibits which is far too graphic and offensive to even mention on this blog, aimed at adults. The Tell-all Sex Exhibition, which will be at the Museum until January, is aimed at children as young as 12.
Do we really need to have our children exposed to more sexually explicit material? I was building forts and playing ‘capture the flag’ in the back yard when I was 12, not thinking about my ‘sexual orientation,’ creating new names for genitalia or having an abortion if I got pregnant from doing all the sexually explicit things that the exhibition promotes! Not surprisingly, the exhibition’s main objective is to push for acceptance of homosexuality and abortion. Let children be children and stop the propagandizing! Really.
As Barbara Kay puts it, “Please, Mr. Sophisticated Curator, don’t tell us this is “educational.” Where I come from, that’s soft porn.”
Addendum: I just had to include this quote from the formidable Michael Coren in his brilliantly written article, “Ottawa’s award-winning way of killing off childhood“:
The exhibition itself is a mixture of the clinical and the prurient. Juxtaposed with scientific depictions of eggs and sperm and explanations of procreation are tales of why abortion is so important and, hard to believe really, videos of boys and girls masturbating. Whatever we think of self-abuse, and I regard it as one of those mortal sin things, kids have been able to get the hang of it for quite a long time now. They don’t need instructional videos. But I’m sure that a few adults would like to take a look — it’s what is known as child pornography, and the police spend enormous amounts of time and money trying to stop it and incarcerate the perpetrators.
What the exhibition is actually about, of course, is normalization. There are no barriers, no right and wrong, no absolutes, and no “normal” in the brave new post-Kinsey world of sex studies and sexual freedom.
I think this is one of those occasions where we really should be contacting people like the Heritage Minister, the Public Affairs Director of the Museum and obviously the Curator. I registered my disapproval last night.
Andrea adds: My take on the museum exhibit in the Ottawa Citizen. We went on a field trip yesterday to check it out.by