If you want further proof that we live in a sexually repressed society, just take a look at the background and history of The Museum of Sex in New York City. Also known as MoSex, Daniel Gluck had originally founded the project in an attempt to pay tribute to the evolution, cultural importance, and history of human sexuality itself… in the form of a museum. A sex museum at that. It successfully accomplishes this by focusing on many sexual themes and preferences ranging from BDSM, lesbian and gay history, pornography, erotica, and so on. Mind you, the museum exhibits these materials with due regard to professionalism and in an acceptable educational format. However, this doesn’t make it okay for kiddies under 18 years of age as it features plenty of explicit imagery and content.
It’s funny how the biggest thing that sells in our society’s media is the very thing we repress. Such as the example shown by the New York State Board of Regents when they rejected Gluck’s non-profit application to begin the project, stating that it was a disgrace that mocked the point of having museums to begin with. Even the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights jumped on the flaming bandwagon, arguing that the concept should focus on all of the diseases and negative side effects which has resulted from sex (I wonder how these people feel about violence in the cinema). Gluck’s sex museum was approved under one condition: That its location must maintain a distance of five hundred feet from any nearby churches or schools.
Following the museum’s grand opening, all of the opposition surrounding the establishment prior to its development had suddenly vanished. Ironically enough, The Museum of Sex once held an event which attracted many different religious leaders titled Faith in Latex. Not only does the museum teach about human sexuality itself, but its backstory displays a very strong underlying message about how many of us humans view sexuality from a public standpoint. I’d say it’s safe to say that Daniel Gluck helped to release a few media inhibitions and then some. The Museum of Sex remains open to this day on 233 Fifth Avenue near 27th Street in the borough of Manhattan, for everybody’s viewing pleasure (given that you’re over 18 years of age, of course). So if you’re in New York City and looking to find a fresh perspective on sexuality apart from all those sleazy adult entertainment shops, then by all means pay the Museum of Sex a visit.
The Museum of Sex
233 Fifth Avenue (near 27th Street)
New York, N.Y.