The controversy surrounding the “Sex: A Tell-All Exhibition” at the Canada Science and Technology Museum raises some troubling question about our society’s preoccupaton with sex and what we deem educational. We always hear that our culture is sex-crazed; sex sells everything today – even things that are completely nonsexual. And while this happens we discuss the effects of sexualizing women through pornography and modeling and wonder about our children and how this could damage them. But in all of our passive musings about the results of hyper-sexuality on society as a whole, the “thinkers” – the ones who have been given the right to speak on our behalf – always seem to arrive at the same conclusion. And that conclusion is that education will solve all of our problems.
What we have now sitting in the Canada Science and Technology Museum is a tax-payer funded educational display of soft porn. In case you didn’t know, porn has come a long way – from a dirty, secret habit to an open, dirty habit to educating your children. Don’t ever doubt what education can do. And in the spirit of progressive education, rather than teaching the dangers of the hyper-sexuality that we are all aware of, or instilling any sense of boundaries into the exhibit’s audience, the bright minds that be decided to “tell all” or show all quite literally. After all, what is education if not the removal of ignorance? Well an A+ for knocking ignorance out of the park! A+ for completely eradicating and annihilating all ignorance on the matter of a 12 year old’s sexuality. It’s a real epidemic of ignorance when the average teen doesn’t understand how to enjoy anal sex or masturbation isn’t it? Troubling really. What would we do without education?
Now, thanks to these people who really have your child’s best interests in mind, kids everywhere, if they are afforded the opportunity to witness the exhibit, will see and understand in vivid detail how wonderful and how natural it is to have sex at their age, experiment with themselves and others. Education wins again. Imagine what a touching scene it would be to watch teens and adults, side by side, viewing nudity, exploring new sexual methods and feeling sexually charged together. What parent wouldn’t want that for their child? What teacher wouldn’t want to give that gift of knowledge to their students? Isn’t this what education is all about?
Some questions to think about. If this exhibition in a Science and Tech museum what does it have to do with either? And don’t say science. In a culture of hyper-sexuality, sex is a topic that should be taken more seriously than a reason for a good old fashioned field trip. It is not a topic for kids to discuss as they watch an animation of a peer masturbating. I’ve been out of school for a while, does that pass for a science lesson these days? Second, opinions on sex and sexual propriety are hugely different from one person to the next. A teacher’s or a curator’s porn addiction should not be the motivation or the manner used to educate teens about sex. Third, even if you think this display is fine and actually educational, those who disagree shouldn’t have to pay for it.
Here is some education: the sexhibition is a bad idea!