Ottawa Sex Exhibit Controversy

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Well, finally. Something too sexy for Ottawa. And wouldn't you know it. It's in a museum. And paid for by taxpayers. A truly Canadian controversy. The exhibit entitled Sex: A Tell-All Exhibition, won't be telling all, after all, because it's been declared just too graphic for some to see. We tell you why and hear from both sides of the divide over what's appropriate to tell our kids, and when.


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Ottawa Sex Exhibit Controversy

If the people in Montreal and Regina attending the museum exhibit called Sex: A Tell-All Exhibition found it too raunchy and shocking -- they didn't bother to complain. In Ottawa, however, people are bothered -- enough to get the exhibit changed.

The audio clip we aired narrating an orgasm is just one part of the exhibit. Other elements deal with body image or how to put on a condom. Heritage Minister James Moore said young people shouldn't be viewing such explicit material without the consent of their parents. A spokesperson for his office called the exhibit "insulting to taxpayers."

The show was designed for younger teens, but following the criticism, the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa won't allow anyone under the age of sixteen to attend without a parent.

As well, an animated video depicting masturbation was removed. The exhibit opened to the Ottawa public this past weekend. We aired a clip with some reaction from a few of the first people to catch a glimpse of it in the nation's capital.

As we mentioned, the same show has visited Montreal and Regina ... where it apparently came and went without controversy. Sandy Baumgartner is the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Science Centre, where the exhibit was shown for close to four months last year.

But if the reaction in Ottawa has been any indication ... not everyone in the nation's capital would agree. Andrea Mrozek is with the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada, which is against the exhibit. She was in Toronto. And Brandy Wiebe is a sexual health educator who works with kids and teens in Vancouver.

This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath and Shannon Higgins.


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