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What 12 Years At The Museum Of Sex Teaches You

By Heidi Stevens
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Sarah Forbes has collected her findings from her 12 years as a curator at New York’s Museum of Sex and put pen to paper. Her new book, “Sex in the Museum: My Unlikely Career at New York’s Most Provocative Museum” (St. Martin’s Press) walks readers through more than a decade of exhibits, some highly scientific, some heavy on pornography, others with an eye cast mostly toward history, and explains some of the larger curiosities, including the fact that such museums exist in the first place.

Chicago Tribune

Twelve years as a curator at New York’s Museum of Sex placed Sarah Forbes somewhere on the spectrum, she says, between Dr. Ruth and a porn star.

“It allowed me to understand our human species more than any other fieldwork I’ve ever done,” Forbes, who holds a master’s degree in anthropology, told me.

She collected her findings in a new book, “Sex in the Museum: My Unlikely Career at New York’s Most Provocative Museum” (St. Martin’s Press).

In the book, she walks readers through more than a decade of exhibits, some highly scientific, some heavy on pornography, others with an eye cast mostly toward history, and explains some of the larger curiosities, including the fact that such museums exist in the first place.

“Most of us don’t have a frame of reference for something like this,” she writes. “Museums are highbrow; sex is base. Museums are public; sex is private. The two just don’t go together.”

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