Excuse to the prudes and conservatives but today, as the title suggests, I’ll be talking about the subject that everybody loves to do but are too afraid or reluctant to discuss in the open; sex. Last Friday, October 14, I joined three of my colleagues in a one-day-only exhibit called, What’s the Big Deal? A Sexhibit.
There’s no entrance fee and the sexhibit is open to the public, but of course you need to be at least 18 years old to get in. So what was it about? Well, as released by http://www.mb.com.ph,
“What’s the Big Deal? A Sexhibit,” the very first of its kind in the Philippines, will walk viewers thru the realities of sex with the aid of experiential displays and tools; as well as educate them on the pressing issues on sexual health. It is being mounted by Durex, a condom brand, to enlighten adults about responsible sex and how sex-related problem can be prevented with the use of condoms.”
If you’re curious I am pro RH Bill and sex education. The rise in the number of early pregnancies, abortions, and sexually transmitted diseases can no longer be ignored. I think it’s time that we equip our people with the knowledge that would save them from being irresponsible when it comes to sex. And this is exactly what the sexhibit was all about; to help propagate awareness on sexual issues.
The exhibit was set up at the open parking area of the mall. It was smaller than we thought. The song “Let’s talk about sex” by Salt N Pepa was on the loop, it was a surprise I didn’t suffer from an LSS. The sexhibit was sectioned into two, the first area, let’s just say, is where the fun is. There were five booths, each one representing sex, according to the five senses. The Taste Me booth had candies, which for some reason were not allowed to be eaten.
The Touch Me booth is where you could see and feel different types of vibrators and dildos. One of the vibrators was so big, it reminded me of a wellington, yes, I mean the black rain boots. I have a picture of it but I opted not post it here because I’m not planning to take the Not Safe For Work (NSFW) tag off my blog.
The Smell Me booth is where the perfumes are.
And do you know what’s in the See Me booth? If you thought a stripper, you’re wrong; if you thought porn, you guessed it right. It was wisely hidden behind these blinds. To see the aherm… steamy video, you have to take a peek through the narrow slot.
The porn video was just it, a visual presentation. Now for the audible part, you know all those moans and dirty talks, you can listen to them at the Hear Me booth.
The room is also filled with other important sex trivia and information displayed on the walls like the sexual positions from the Kama Sutra, the history of sexual awareness, sexual practices from different countries, and sexual oddities.
What I found most interesting; sexual oddities. These are sexual behaviors that are often taboo or what we view as “beyond the normal.” Let me share some of them here:
- Macrogynophilia – Sexual attraction to women who are over 6 feet tall
- Mazophilia – Excessive interest in breasts
- Agalmatophilia – Sexual interest to sculptures and monuments
- Morphophilia – Sexual attraction to fat or big women
- Burusera – Fetish for underwear
- Erotic asphyxia – Now this has got to be the freakiest fetish. It’s sexual arousal through asphyxiation or by deliberately cutting off air through strangulation
Of course, what’s a sex exhibit without the sex toys? They also have ’em on display, from sex dolls, vibrators, dildos, and other tools designed to enhance sexual experience such as lubricants, penis pump (said to enhance the length of the penis), and shrink cream (claims to tighten vaginal walls).
Now that’s the titillating and fun part of the exhibit; sex and all the pleasures it could give. To say that we were amused would be an understatement. Until we led ourselves to the second part of the exhibit.
We were greeted by this wall that showed one of the ugliest repercussions of unsafe sex; the sexually transmitted diseases (STD). Everything you need to know about STDs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HPV, candidiasis, and HIV were presented on this gallery. That’s just the beginning. The exhibit also showed the alarming statistics on unplanned pregnancies and sex-related diseases; the ugly aftermath of ignorance on sex.
- Aids is one of the leading causes of death in Africa.
- 1 out of 5 young people living with HIV worldwide is Asian.
- Half of sexually active people will have genital HPV at some point in their lives.
- Last year, DOH registered 5 new HIV cases per day and numbers are expected to rise.
- Only 4% of Filipino men use condoms regularly.
- 37% of patients will full-blown AIDS die instantly.
- The Philippines is one of the nations where HIV infections rose by more 25% between 2011 and 2009.
- In several Asian countries 20-40% of new HIV cases are wives and girlfriends of men who became HIV infected through paid sex, having sex with other men, or injected drugs.
- At least 10 mothers die during childbirth everyday in the Philippines.
- At least 50,000 baby die each year due to unplanned pregnancies and birth-related illnesses.
Even I was appalled by the information, which makes me wonder, why do we keep turning a blind eye to these facts. I mean it’s not like there is no solution, or a way to prevent these problems. So how come there are still people, especially the young ones, who still suffer from these horrible ordeals? I just find it so sad.
Finally we reached the end of the exhibit. I think we were there for like thirty minutes or so. The sexhibit wasn’t as big as I’d expected but I think it pretty much covered everything we needed to know about the joys and perils of sex. I think the project is timely and relevant, entertaining but quite informative. I am so glad I was able to see it ’cause as I mentioned before, the event was only for a day. That’s why I am hoping for a repeat, we could definitely use more of this. It’s time we educate everyone, especially the youth about the realities (the good and the bad) of sex.