Most international cities _ New York, Shanghai, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Kyushu _ have sex museums. The Eros Museum, displaying public cultural sex, was opened in Seoul on May of 2003. Kim Young-soo, director of the museum, collected approximately two thousand of sexual bequest objects here and there around Asia including Korea.
There are the relics related to Folk-customs of Korea, Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism on the second floor. On the third floor, Chinese facilities for foot-binding are displayed. It was a restriction of Chinese women but it also was meant to allure husbands by emitting the smell of foot-binding.
And there is traditional underwear containing our ancestor's wisdom of life on the fourth floor. Also, the Eros Museum has Western sexual bequests including a famous photographer's nude picture album and unique condoms.
Sex is not a tabooed thing anymore but part of human culture and a recognized field of study. Sexual studies are called Sexology and are centered around America and Australia. Sexology's range includes to Psychology as well as Moral Philosophy.
On the other hand, sex is a shy field in Korea; so sexual education is at a standstill. Some Korean teenagers have more knowledge about sex than the teachers who educate them. It is common for teachers to tell students that having sex before marriage is like committing a crime. As the result, teenagers who get pregnant don't think of their embryo as a life but as a lump of cancer to abort.
Bae Joeng-won, Chief Director of Harmonious Sex & Culture Center, explained that abortion is very harmful to the mothers because it can shorten a women's life by five years. She pointed out that Korea's sex education skips courses on intimacy such as petting and foreplay leading to sexual activity and how to prevent conception. Intimacy Courses are good preparation for unexpected situation.
Teenagers should learn that "Life & sex are precious." by getting adequate sex education. Ms. Bae is offering sex education to single adults in the belief that education adult is linked to children's education. And many citizen organizations are focusing sexual education on adults for the same reason.
"Sex Workshop for Married couples" was held under the auspices of Dongducheon Woman's Counsel Center (DWCC) beginning last winter. At the workshop, participants share intimate thought between husbands and wives while opening their hearts to each other. "It was embarrassing to take part in this workshop because of discussing intimacy publicly, but my relationship with my husband grew stronger," one of the participants said. The object of the workshop is to remove lewdness from sexual discussion and to put sex in a sunny place. According to Han Wan-sou, the head of DWCC, these workshops can decrease the rate of divorce among couples because of sex problems.
Also, new events related to sex are appearing during the university's May festival. Students of the festival write their thoughts about sex or stick roses on menstruation pads. And the festival give out condoms to the participants for free.
Under the influence of Confucianism, Korea has been maintaining a conservative sex tradition. So some people worry that the current sexual-freedom trend might create a culture that regards sex as vulgar and no more than physical pleasure. But the more sex is concealed the more licentious it gets. Most young people can easily access vulgar things such as pornography or junk e-mail via the Internet. The absence of a healthy sexual culture can lead to confusion. A sound culture in a sound mind. It is time to break down fixed ideas and set up a sound understanding about sex.
The Eros Museum tries to show how Asia has been recognizing and expressing sex through the historical remains of its sexual culture. It also provides opportunities for modern people to realize the new values of sexual culture. The museum was originally established as the Oriental Sex Museum, in Samcheongdong, and moved to Insadong this February with a changed name. The museum is open from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm. The entrance fee is 5,000 won; 20% off for university students. For further details, please visit www.erosmuseum.net.
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