NEMO Science Center: Teen Facts

Posted on 16th February 2009 by Ryan Somma in Adventuring

I could not imagine the reaction, if an American Science museum were to have a section that dealt with sex as honestly and explicitly as the NEMO science center. From French Kissing displays, to novelty condoms, to pictures of insect genitalia, to dolls in a wide variety of sexual positions… there was plenty of heart-attack inducing material for members of the religious right, but for normal people, this was a very amusing series of exhibits.


Cartoon About Hormones that has a boy and a girl put into chamber while a narrator describes the changes occuring to their bodies. Covers mestruation and ejaculation.

Cartoon About Hormones

My favorite of these exhibits by far was a cartoon on hormonal changes in teenagers, where a boy and a girl are put into chambers and a narrator explains everything that’s happening to their bodies. The photo above is a frame from this exhibit, where the young boy is experiencing his first ejaculation. I found the cartoon online, and you can watch the above animation here, and ask yourself whether we’d see this kind of educational material here in America.

Is this kind of education a good or bad thing? How does it compare to our American-brand, “Abstinence Only” education? Vicky did some research on Amsterdam teen pregnancy and abortion rates, and found the following empirical data:

  United States Netherlands
Births per 1000, women ages 15-19 52.1 6.2
Abortions per 1000, women ages 15-19 30.2 3.9

Source: 2001 Unicef Report

The conclusion I can’t help but draw from this data is that people who aren’t educated tend to exhibit uneducated behaviors.

See the complete flickr set here. I’m curious if some of these photos, which I consider innocent enough, get flagged.

2 Comments

  1. Someone needs to get Sarah Palin to read this…

    Comment by ClintJCL — February 16, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

  2. […] cultural values in the Netherlands, as well as demonstrations of enlightenment values. I previously covered the NEMO Science Center, a children’s science center that had sex displays. There were Obama posters everywhere, wind […]

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