Canada museum kills masturbation video after outcry

OTTAWA Thu May 17, 2012 12:20pm EDT

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OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's federal science museum has removed an animated video showing youth masturbating from an upcoming sex exhibit following a public outcry, a museum spokesman said.

The Canada Science and Technology Museum will open the "Sex: A Tell-all Exhibition" on Thursday as planned despite strong criticism from Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore, who has called it an insult to taxpayers.

But the facility has decided to remove the video and raise to 16 from 12 years the minimum age for unaccompanied children to tour the exhibit designed to answer questions youth have about sexuality.

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

"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."

The show includes life-sized, full-frontal nude photos of males and females at various stages of life, and Canada's Sun newspapers have described a "climax room" showing animations of aroused genitals with a voice of a man describing an orgasm.

Moore spokesman James Maunder said it was clear the exhibit fell outside the museum's mandate of fostering scientific and technological literacy.

"This content cannot be defended, and is insulting to taxpayers," he said.

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

(Reporting by Randall Palmer; Editing by Xavier Briand)

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Comments (4)
Eideard wrote:
James Moore’s political blather is an insult to science and our species.

May 17, 2012 2:42pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Spiffy wrote:
If James Moore doesn’t like it then he shouldn’t go to it.

Kids need answers to their sex questions and giving them someplace to go to check things out in a safe environment is a great idea.

May 17, 2012 3:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
janettetsmith wrote:
Perhaps I’m old, but when I was that age I seem to remember parents explained those things to us. Oh, wait, I forgot, parents today expect everyone else to do that job for them. Okay, well, hmm … now what to do. I seriously doubt kids were finding the masturbating science exhibit educational. I don’t think boys were ever at a loss on how to master that technique. It’s called intrinsic and it seems they catch on just fine all over the world. I guess that takes me back to my original comment, as crazy as it sounds, that parents spend time teaching their kids and not send them off to some exhibit to figure it out for themselves. But that’s just me.

May 18, 2012 2:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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