Tue May 15, 2012 - 5:31 pm EST
Sex exhibition aimed at teens set to open in Ottawa museum
OTTAWA, May 15, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A sex exhibit opening this week at the Canada Science and Technology Museum is receiving heat from conservative commentators, who say that, despite its claims of being “scientific” and objective, it is disturbingly explicit and promotes a vision of sexuality that is anything but moral.
Conservative journalist Patrick Meagher, who recently attended a preview of “Sex: A Tell-All Exhibition,” told LifeSiteNews that included in it are graphic presentations of masturbation, nudity, and condom use.
“The exhibit includes nude images and an animated video of masturbation. Other videos include a woman who says she approves of multiple partners, a young woman who shares sexual favours among friends, and a video on sexual orientation in which not one of the 12 people interviewed are heterosexual,” Meagher said.
“Another station answers questions on what to do about an unwanted pregnancy. The option of adoption or keeping the child is not mentioned. The advice is to have an abortion as soon as possible.”
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According to Meagher, when asked why such a heavy focus on sex for children, the museum’s director of public affairs, Yves St.-Onges, said that experts have found that the earlier you tell children about sex the later they will engage in sex.
“When immediately told that his conclusion was not true and that research says the opposite,” Meagher observed, “St.-Onges had nothing to say.”
The exhibit was created by Louise Bertrand at the Montreal Science Centre in 2010 and had a short stint in Regina before moving to Ottawa. While the Montreal Museum opened the exhibit without restrictions to adolescents 12 and older, according to its website the Ottawa museum will require that youth under 16 be accompanied by an adult. The exhibit is scheduled to remain at the museum until January 2013.
Bertrand was quoted by the Ottawa Citizen to say the reason behind the creation of the exhibit was that children do not get correct sex information.
(Watch an introductory video about the exhibit here.)
“We felt we had to give them the right information, because what they have access to is the web or the schoolyard” with information “that is maybe a bit doubtful. So the science centre is a safe place to learn about sex,” Bertrand said.
A Q&A on the museum’s website says the exhibit “imparts what science has to say on the topic, conveys a positive image of sexuality and, ultimately, helps young people hone their judgment skills so they can make responsible and informed decisions.”
But Barbara Kay of the National Post said she has “no idea why this exhibition was thought to be necessary. Our children are bombarded by sexual content in their lives from a too-early age. Some of it is informative and appropriate; much of it is intrusive and unwholesome. The last thing students need is more sexual graphics, more full-frontal life-size nudity, another invitation to early experimentation.”
Kay observed, “Unlike animal sex, human sex is a private activity. When it goes public, it is always a trigger to the prurient side of our natures. Please, Mr. Sophisticated Curator, don’t tell us this is ‘educational.’ Where I come from, that’s soft porn.”
Conservative blogger John Pacheco of Socon or Bust is urging concerned people to call or email the museum’s acting director, Luc Fournier.
“As a scientific exhibit, the museum has irresponsibly represented moral issues as scientific fact,” Pacheco wrote. “Nowhere does this exhibit express a Christian perspective of sexuality, that of procreation within marriage, never mind the fact that many of us find contraception, masturbation and homosexuality to be gravely, morally offensive, … topics which are highlighted in this exhibit.”
“We urge you to send an email to Luc Fournier at firstname.lastname@example.org to file a complaint about this exhibit and forward this email to friends and family. The museum needs to hear that we don’t want our children exposed to this!”
Canada Science and Technology Museum
P.O. Box 9724, Station T
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 5A3
Phone: 613 991-6090
Fax: 613 990-3636
Luc Fournier, Acting Director
Denise Amyot, President and CEO
James Moore, Canadian Heritage Minister
(responsible for the Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation)
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