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Museum of Sex in New York City

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Of all the museums in New York City, the Museum of Sex has got to be the sexiest of them all. It is one of the more expensive of the museums in New York at a cost of nearly $20 (($16 with student identification), but for a one time visit, it is not so bad. Although photography is allowed inside the museum, there is no taking video allowed. When entering the second floor, it is easy to see why videos are not allowed as the walls are partially lined with sex videos, so they do not want visitors to take that away on their phones. But it is more interesting to read the words on the walls than to watch the sex videos anyways.

The Museum of Sex has three floors, but the museum itself does not start until the second floor. This was the “Objects of Desire” exhibit, where people could read about how people have adapted themselves sexually by using technology and people’s perception of anonymity or lack thereof when it comes to things like online searches, social media chats, emails, and sexting. This exhibit also outlined the top ten or so erotic searches as defined by Ogas and Gaddam’s research into online human sexuality. They later wrote a book about it called A Billion Wicked Thoughts. Also on the second floor, there is an exhibit featuring Linda Lovelace, who was the star in Deep Throat, one of the first developed pornographic movies. Although Linda paved the way for future female porn stars, such as Pamela Anderson, she was also first to go through and later speak out against some of the hardships women face when objectified in the porn industry, beginning with her marriage to Chuck Traynor.

The third floor is all about how animals have sex. Yes, there are even statues. Most intriguing was the similarities between humans and animals. In the animal kingdom, things like homosexuality, gender morphology, prostitution, and multiple genders do exist. While humans are still arguing about matters such as gay marriage and third genders on birth certificates, animals have been living amongst what some people consider to be outcasts since the beginning of creation!

On the first floor, there is a gift shop and a bar/cocktail lounge. The bar is pricey, considering it is a museum in New York City. But what was disappointing was the lack of sex themed drinks. However, one could have the Monkey Man, a tropical cocktail, in order to celebrate the new realization or a reiteration that humans are not so different than animals after all, including when it comes to sex.

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