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Corpse Sex Exhibition?

Posted by on May. 8, 2009 at 8:53 AM
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Thoughts?

 

(CNN) -- A controversial exhibition featuring preserved corpses having sex opened Thursday in Germany's capital.

Gunther von Hagens' controversial "Body Works" shows have traveled throughout the world.

Gunther von Hagens' controversial "Body Works" shows have traveled throughout the world.

Part of his traveling "Body Works" exhibition, "The Cycle of Life," is showing at Berlin's Postbahnhof and features 200 human bodies at various life stages -- from conception to old age, including embryos and fetuses taken from historic anatomical collections.

In one exhibit a male body is lying on his back with a woman sitting astride him with her back towards his head.

Torsten Woehlert, spokesman for Berlin's Culture Ministry, told CNN that there has already been a number of complaints from the public in the press, though none have come to the ministry itself.

He said: "As it is not against the law, only against good taste, there is not much the government could do anyway."

Conceived by Gunther von Hagens -- dubbed Dr. Death in Germany -- the exhibition displays the bodies with their muscles, nerves and tendons on show using a preservation technique he pioneered called plastination.

This process involves replacing all body fluids and soluble fat with specially manufactured plastics.

On his Web site, the anatomist describes the exhibition's purpose and goal "to reveal and expose the anatomical structure of the human body and its function, in a unique lesson, and to teach us about the complexity of the human body, its anatomy, and the importance of leading a healthy way of life."

He added that the source of the exhibition is from donors -- people, who during their lifetime, declared their willingness, by informed consent, to display their bodies at the exhibition for the "benefit of education, health and the awareness of the wide public to the different systems of the human body."

When asked about the coupling of sex and death, von Hagens told Germany's Bild that "death and sex are both taboo topics. I'm bringing them together. Death belongs to life." He added that "without sex no life would exist."

Von Hagens' work has divided opinion in the past, with critics often doubting his scientific motives and accusing him of shocking people to gain publicity.

His public autopsy in 2002 for British broadcaster Channel 4 -- the first in the UK for 170 years -- received hundreds of complaints. The authorities also threatened to arrest him after declaring the procedure illegal.

Von Hagens justified his actions as "demystifying the post mortem examination," and likened the medical profession to "medieval priests who would not allow ordinary people to read the Bible," The New Scientist reported

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dueoctober8
by on May. 8, 2009 at 8:54 AM

that exibit came to my town i believe I dont remember hearing anything about the sex positions though thats quite creepy!

2gud2btrue
by on May. 8, 2009 at 8:57 AM

I think its a new addition to the exhibit.

Quoting dueoctober8:

that exibit came to my town i believe I dont remember hearing anything about the sex positions though thats quite creepy!


vegepunkstr
by on May. 8, 2009 at 9:04 AM

Ive gone and seen his exhibit before and I thought it was very interesting, I say if you dont like it then dont go see it.

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TattedMommyof2
by on May. 8, 2009 at 9:08 AM

I agree.  I didn't see the sex positions but I did see the body world exhibit before they had them.  They still had babies and fetuses in different stages.  There were people complaining about it then.  It's like, you knew what the exhibit was, why did you come see it if you didn't agree with it?  Makes not sense.  I thought it was incredible.  If it ever comes back, I would go see it again.  I thought it was just amazing. 

Quoting vegepunkstr:

Ive gone and seen his exhibit before and I thought it was very interesting, I say if you dont like it then dont go see it.


143myboys9496
by Gold Member on May. 8, 2009 at 9:10 AM

I saw this exhibit 2 years ago when it was in Boston. My son's (then) 7th grade class went there...I found it extremely interesting. The only down side was that their class trip was on the last day of the exhibit, so it was completely, and totally mobbed!

No offense, but it's very interesting, the exhibit shows cancerous lungs, cirrhotic livers etc...If the babies bother you then don't go into that area. It was a separate area in Boston, so you could skip it if you wanted.  

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