The Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa was forced to raise the age of admission to its new "tell-all" sex exhibit for kids from 12 to 16 after they received more complaints from parents than expected. "Sex: A Tell-All Exhibition," which opens today, features several controversial elements that rubbed adults the wrong way.
The exhibit includes floor-to-ceiling photos of nude toddlers, children, teens and adults, and an array of heated, flavoured and textured condoms rolled over wooden dildos. There's also a 'climax room' with a round, low, leather bed, red curtains, a video screen showing animations of aroused genitals, and the voice of a man describing an orgasm.
Next to close-up photos of adult genitals are video screens using animations to explain masturbation.
That video has since been removed at the request of previewing parents.
Other points of contention among early exhibit-goers: A Q&A station that tells girls to "go ahead" and have anal sex if they want to, and a response to a question about abortion informing listeners that it isn't necessary to tell their parents if they are over 14.
Also hot and bothered by the exhibit is Canada's Heritage Minister James Moore, who, through a spokesman, blasted the museum for featuring content that "cannot be defended and is insulting to taxpayers."
Some parents who spoke with the Sun didn't see the big deal, feeling instead that the exhibit provides an important and necessary service.
Said father-of-four Mike Hallas: "You can never have enough information about those kinds of things and with everything that goes on in a kid's life, they don't need the hassles of unplanned pregnancies...or disease."