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NDP backs museum sex exhibit

SEX: A TELL-all EXHIBITION opens at the Canada Science and Technology Museum on May 17 and exhibition is a rare opportunity for adolescents 16 and older to get reliable answers to their questions about sexuality.

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KRIS SIMS | QMI AGENCY

OTTAWA - Controversy over a raunchy sex exhibit at an Ottawa museum erupted in the House of Commons Thursday.

The Museum of Science and Technology is hosting the program, Sex: A Tell-All Exhibit, a show crafted for school trips by the Montreal Science Centre and costing $800,000. It's on loan to the capital for a year.

An NDP MP accused the ruling Tories, who have criticized the exhibit's content and cost, for being "prudish."

The exhibit includes a climax room with a round leather bed, red drapes, and a video showing aroused genitals while audio plays of a man describing an orgasm.

There's also a naming post asking students for alternative terms for penis and vagina. Words like c--- and p---y are used for women's genitalia, and c--k and d--k are used for men's. The words are displayed in large text on a screen.

Wooden dildos sporting various condoms include descriptions like "for the chocolate lover" for flavoured ones, and "for those long winter nights" for ones that heat up.

Listening posts offer advice to students on everything from anal sex to getting abortions without parental knowledge. The show was created for those 12 years old and older with input from sexologists.

The museum got a flood of complaints from parents who saw previews, as did Heritage Minister James Moore.
Moore looked at the exhibit and told curators they were out of line, and insulting taxpayers by spending money on it.

The NDP pounced on the issue and chastised the feds in parliament.

"They are climbing on their high horses over a museum exhibit, my gosh they are prudish," Quebec MP Rosane Doré Lefebvre said. "This exhibit was in Montreal and it was very successful and no blushing virgin was offended; sex education is not the work of the devil after all."

"I believe in the independence of our museums and I believe in sex education," Moore told the House of Commons. "I have seen the exhibit and in my opinion, it's not appropriate for young, underage children to be exposed to sexually explicit material without the consent of their parents."

After question period, Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett dismissed complaints from parents as a "couple of letters" and offered to telephone them all to tell them "that their children need to learn these things for a healthy sex life."

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