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Old 10-07-2005, 12:02 PM   #1
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London To Get Sexual Theme Park

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(AP) -Developers announced plans Friday to open a multimillion dollar sexual "theme park" near London's Piccadilly Circus, home to the much-photographed statue of the Greek god of love.

Backers say the London Academy of Sex and Relationships, due to open next spring, will not be a sleazy sex museum, but an educational multimedia attraction that will teach visitors to become better lovers and provide valuable information about disease and sexual problems.

Located within the Trocadero entertainment center — just around the corner from Soho, London's red-light district — the $8.3 million project will feature unspecified "high tech and interactive exhibits."

Alex Rayner, a spokesman for the project, said it was "committed to avoiding the sleazy image that the sex industry usually conjures."

"Titillation is not the goal," he said. "It's meant to be educational. It's meant to be informative."

The privately funded project has support from sexual health organizations including the Sexual Dysfunction Association and AIDS charity The Terrence Higgins Trust.

"It is long overdue that the U.K. faces up to its responsibilities in the sexual arena — we cannot simply avoid mankind's leading preoccupation and the issues that go with it," said the academy's director of exhibits, Dr. Sarah Brewer. "The academy is the perfect vehicle by which to address these important matters in an exciting, amusing and yet educational way."

Several cities around the world — including New York, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Paris — are home to erotic museums. Typically, they exhibit everything from pornography to high-minded paintings exploring local sexual attitudes and culture.
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Huh huh.... you said "titillation".

Gotta' wonder about those "interactive exhibits", though.
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omg. Madame Tussauds and the crown jewels isnt enuff, no?

what a bunch of freaks
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does anyone think the English know a lot about sex???

if you asked Bono he would tell you about IRISH guys I guess
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So what makes it a 'theme park'?

I went to that museum in Barcelona.
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"Titillation is not the goal," he said. "It's meant to be educational. It's meant to be informative."
What BS. The goal of the Academy is $$$. Simple as that.
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I wonder if there will be an interactive spanking exhibit--I hear that's big stuff over there.
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I wonder if there will be an interactive spanking exhibit--I hear that's big stuff over there.
You think Blair likes to get spanked?

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What BS. The goal of the Academy is $$$. Simple as that.
Substitute "academy" for "church" and we'll be on the same page.

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Substitute "academy" for "church" and we'll be on the same page.

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I disagree I dis dis disagree

Sometimes you agnostics really exaggerate. You have a point, I do admit, regarding the Vatican and maybe several "religious" institutions that preach hate. But think of the many, many social movements in different churches and religions. Think of people celebrating rites which are thousands of years old. Think of the red cross. The whole phenomenon of people believing, and going to churches, has nothing to do with a sex museum and your post is intended to provoke, but it is a poor provocation. A view without much relevance.
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I'd visit the museum/theme parks.
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Sometimes you agnostics really exaggerate.
I dislike the word "agnostic," because it presumes that I can't make a decision. I already believe in a good deal of whose beliefs are right and those who are wrong.

But back to the sex museum, if people don't like it, they don't have to visit it. If enough people dislike it, it'll close on its own. Economic Darwinism!

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I dislike the word "agnostic," because it presumes that I can't make a decision. I already believe in a good deal of whose beliefs are right and those who are wrong.
You didn´t reply to my main argument though.
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Substitute "academy" for "church" and we'll be on the same page.

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Based on many of your posts here, it seems you haven't been to one in a while (I may be wrong). As an elder who serves in many capacities, and assuming positive intent, I'd say your suggestion is wrong.
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Based on many of your posts here, it seems you haven't been to one in a while (I may be wrong). As an elder who serves in many capacities, and assuming positive intent, I'd say your suggestion is wrong.
I think a good test of this would be if all congregants plain stopped giving money to the Church. Then let's see how "benevolent" they are.

I remember in my old church where the priest was so far right-wing that most people just plain stopped attending. And so what did he do from there? I heard then he started bitching at the few congregants there for more money with good old fashioned threats of hellfire if they didn't. And the only times I ever even heard a peep from the cardinal of the archdiocese was when he was begging for money on TV.

There's days where I wish I could like conventional religion, but it's really nothing more than an organized heterosexual nationalist organization. You know "white nationalists," right? The ones who extol the virtues of being white, lament the loss of "white culture," and then blame all the non-whites for all the problems in society using preposterous, illogical reasoning? That's what I see church as, substituting the racism for homophobia. As long as you're straight, married, and have your 2.3 children, you'll never see a reason to question the status quo. I can't imagine Jesus ever wanting an organization like that, so you'll see why I take offense to the term "agnostic." I'm not questioning the existence of God, and I don't even need to question the vast majority of His believers. No, I already know they're wrong.

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Here I thought this had to do w/ a sexual Disneyland or something

I wonder if there's a single thread I could make around here that wouldn't go back somehow to the same old "discussions"

Well I think it sounds like an interesting place and if it could actually educate people how to be responsible about sex, that could be good.

Also if there will be cute British males there who would be the sexual equilvalents of Mickey Mouse and Goofy, that wouldn't be bad either
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Also if there will be cute British males there who would be the sexual equilvalents of Mickey Mouse and Goofy, that wouldn't be bad either
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I think a good test of this would be if all congregants plain stopped giving money to the Church. Then let's see how "benevolent" they are.
I understand where you´re coming from. The Catholic church in Austria goes as far as taking a (small) percentage of the earnings of all Austrian Catholics, in order to pay for Priests, renovate chruches, and maybe hand over some of the money to the Vatican. This is a law that was introduced by Hitler (to reimburse the Church for the land he "stole" from them, since everything had to be "national". The Church accepted. After the war, they got their land back, but kept the payments up. Not bad, hmmm?).

Yeah, figure that out, the Austrian Cath. Church still follows a rule of Hitler! Nice, huh? When you don´t pay, you will get problems sooner or later, ok, I have ignored them for the last four years, but they always write me letters, and one day they will make a serious appraoch, I guess Yep, you can get excommunicated for it. And if you don´t pay, the Church may take you to the court.

However, one good thing is that you can force them to give half of the money to the Caritas (which is also an org. by the Church, just to explain to you, Melon, that there are many great religious organizations).

I also understand where you´re coming from when you look at the scandals ie. of the banker Sindona in Italy; apparently the money was bunkered along with some mafia profits, coming from drugs, prostitiution, smuggling etc.

The Vatican has been in so many scandals over that, it is a shame. It is also a shame when members of the congregation still feel they have to pay, because if not, the Priest and/ or community will look at them badly.



Still, melon, to compare the two things is oranges and apples. I hope at some point you will find the inner strength to admit that. The Catholic church is so multi-faceted, you can´t sweep over with generalizations.

When you speak about the "vast majority of believers", do you include the vast majority in third world countries? They aren´t white.

You think they are wrong when they talk about values of family? You come here to compare racism to homophobia very easily. But hunderds of thousands of people died because of racism. The gay issue is not an issue like this, gays were not murdered systematically. Yes, there is the Christopher Street day, but please don´t tell me you are one of the homosexuals who are so sound up in their cause that they think they can equal homophobia to concentration camps.

The church has family values. You can belittle them by speaking about the average 1.3 baby marriage or anything, which is fine. I am not a conservative and I don´t have anything against your view, since I´ll probably never get married anyway. But if you think a little logical, you will agree that a gay relationship is not very family friendly. Why? Because 2 men can´t get a child. K, they can adopt (when allowed). Anyway. Thjis is not the family model the Church is talking about. Everyone shall have his own free will and do what he/ she wants, but you know, I still think the best for a child is to have a mother and a father.
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