Museum of Sex

Museum of
Web site review by Erica Sagrans
Walking the line between reputable museum and purveyor of all
things sexual is no easy task, as New York City’s Museum of
has begun to learn. MoSex, as it is known, opened early
this October with the exhibit ‘NYC Sex: How New York City
Transformed Sex in America.’ After’s columnists decried
its lack of raunch, the museum’s head curator explained that the
project may have erred on the side of too much museum: ‘This first
exhibit is meant to show that we’re serious.’ While MoSex’s Web
site features an interactive map of Manhattan on which to record
one’s own sexual exploits, and the museum includes the history of
police raids on bathhouses and examples of early abortion tools,
some critics are yet to be convinced MoSex is not pure smut. As
Louis Giovino from the Catholic League wonders, ‘Who would want to
pay $17 dollars (for MoSex admission) when they can get the same
thing for 25 cents (at a peep show in Times Square)?’
–Erica Sagrans
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