Roaming around New York as a solo traveler has its advantages. When you are roaming around and see something that piques your curiosity, well you pony up the $17.50 and check it out and you don’t have to worry about someone else not liking your choice of destination.
That is how I spent a couple of hours wondering around the Museum of Sex. I took human sexuality at San Francisco State University when I attended (to satisfy requirements of course), but that one semester was fascinating. So to find a small and rather unassuming museum blended into the rest of the city block that happens to be about sex, well you just do it.
There are a lot of things to think about, reflect upon and just absorb when visiting most museums. In a lot of museums it is OK to just stare at works of art for long periods of time. I have to say, while I found the history of sexual tools fascinating and read a lot of interesting tidbits about them, I found studying large, and what I would categorize as lewd, pieces of art awkward. For me, I guess I would summarize it as watching a porno flick in public. I really wouldn’t do it. Watching it in the privacy of my own home is one thing, but the museum did have an exhibit that centered around moving images, so porn films were playing in some areas of the museum and watching that while others were around was a little uncomfortable for me.
One thing that stimulated me (ummm, not literally) was the display of the first vibrators. Also the stories of physicians that would use them on female patients treating of them of hysteria. I had never heard of this practice before, so again, you do really learn something new every day. I learned more about this period of medical intervention when I watched the 2011 film “Hysteria.”
Let me just expand upon those vibrator inventions though, can I? Clever hubbies in the Midwest really had a knack for rubbing their wives the right way. Using motors and other parts from machines that did more mundane chores like vacuuming and drying clothes, these “inventors” were dedicated to the perseverance of making household chores a little more salacious. Well, God bless ’em. I took a picture of turn-of-the-century vibrators then for the juxtaposition I have some late century inventions — people get very creative!
Vibrators have come a long way since then. Now a husband traveling in Europe can access an app on his phone and stimulate his wife back home (We-vibe.)
If you plan to go to the museum, check out what exhibits you will be in store for.
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