The Voices of American Sexuality Magazine blog posted yesterday about an exhibit about sexuality directed at the 9- to 14-year-old set at the French museum Cite des Sciences. You can experience some of the exhibit in an on-line, English-language form: Sex – Wot’s the big deal?
Now, looking over the exhibition site, it is highly evident that this kind and extent of content would never make it into the sex ed classrooms of most 9- to 13-year-olds in America.
I have to admit, I feel pretty ambivalent about some of the exhibition. Check out the “keep an eye out” section and you’ll see what I mean…the video had good verbal content, but I found the animation truly gratuitous in some places. I also found the computer animation of the in-utero experience occasionally creepy (it’s filed under “making babies.”)
But I really liked other parts of it – including the frank and funny discussion of birth control – condoms, the pill, and the morning after pill. I also really liked their presentation on “the panorama of love.” It’s funny, it’s engaging, it’s informative.
All in all, I think it’s a pretty good site for 13-year-olds. And maybe for the occasional 9-year-old. Take a look, and let us know what you think in the comments section.