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According to Google…
W.E.A.M. ticks all those boxes. This lil South Beach gem is a socio-cultural powerhouse!💥 💪🏾 One afternoon there takes you on a trip through just a piece of the many erotic art movements.
The narrative note cards at the start of the path tell the story of pre-WW1 Germany in which peculiar patrons and well-to-do busy bodies were creating in their curios the foundlings of erotic art collections. Then there were bombs 💣 , and then there wasn’t a lot of free time 👩🏾🎨, and then basically everything was illegal🙅🏾♀️.
Practicality and nationalism ate up all the cool stuff. 😒
Fortunately, the museum’s founder was able to cobble together her collection through alleyway purchases in the seedy underbellies of antique stores and bizarres. With help and networking she continues to amass interesting and eye-opening pieces from all over the world.
There were informative installations from so many cultures throughout time. So many societies older than ours that held sex in different regards and explored it in so many different ways.
It was all treated with the weight and gravity of cultural arts. I really appreciated the time, effort, and message encapsulated in each scene: pleasure, dominance, submission, and closeness.
Sex is all around us. My “date” was so painfully awkward and uncomfortable with the same-sex depictions. “Why so many penises?” As if they’re not half of all genitalia!? But truthfully, why were the purses, handbags, and cigar containers depicted as vaginas, while the knife handles, and smoking pipes were penises? Also, why were the phallic symbols so frequently used by seemingly heterosexual males?
What I learned:
1. Men the world over, despite culture and time, have grossly overestimated the sizes of their junks!
2. There is massive underrepresentation in the other kinds of sexual orientations.
3. It makes no sense to to create taboos around something so natural and ubiquitous. To do so makes it forbidden, and seemingly inaccessible, which in turn forces people to pursue it in dangerous and uninformed avenues.
4. We need to talk more openly and objectively about sex.
5. Porn cannot be your introduction to sex!
6. Dudes are nasty.
7. Why was the woman of color the one in the cage?
8. Didn’t that orange painting give you Rihanna vibes?
9. If you’re gonna place a giant penis near the exit, Roze is gonna climb it!
If you’re ever on South Beach, look up the World Erotic Art Museum. The exhibits change frequently, and it’ll spark one hell of a conversation. It’s a great first date to break the ice, and cut straight to the questions you want to ask.
It’s an inexpensive and informative afternoon out of the sun in some tooth-chatteringly effective air conditioning. Maybe don’t bring your kids. Or your super-religious mom. Or do bring her. I don’t know y’all’s relationships. Maybe it’ll bring you two closer. 🤷🏾♀️
Learn, love, and be safe!