Written by Adora & Teddy Behr Friday, 08 October 2010 00:00
Adora: So Teddy, what did you like best at the Miami Beach World Erotic Art Museum (WEAM)?
Teddy Behr: Well, they have a lot of different things I liked, but those assorted ancient Chinese boxed jade dildo sets in assorted sizes kind of stood out. Having different sizes and a nice box to keep them in seemed so smart. I certainly haven't seen any sets like that in all the big sex emporium shops we have nowadays.
A: Well maybe they were a special order. You know…by an Empress back in the Ming Dynasty or something. I liked the little carved ivory Japanese porno sculptures that people carried around to show others they were flirting with what they liked to do in bed. They weren't supposed to talk about sex, but it was ok to show somebody a little ivory carving so they could get an idea of what they were getting themselves into. It's so much more practical than all those handkerchief signals. When I see a guy with a handkerchief in his back pocket, I can never remember which pocket or handkerchief means what.
T: Yeah, too much memorizing. What is so cool is the way the museum has so many sex-related things from so many different cultures: Western/ European, Far Eastern Asian, pre-Columbian, African. You can see the way people related to sex in the past and in different cultures.
A: I loved the special exhibits on Marilyn Monroe and Catherine the Great. I hope they eventually do one on Madonna! I think it's great when women express themselves freely because they've had so many unfair restrictions on their sexual expression and that's one thing, like the fascination with sex, that's been true for most cultures. I admire Naomi Wilzig for collecting all these objects and creating the museum in the first place. It was a great idea and it needed to be done.
T: They also show movies like the Marilyn Monroe movies. They're obviously not pornographic, but they are beautiful reflections of the joyful sensuality she exuded. There are some pictures of here in the Museum I had never seen as well and for Art Basel in December, they're doing an exhibition called “From Pompeii to Pin-up”.
A: Oh yes! I love those Betty Page Pin-Ups from the 1940's and 50's. They're so mid-century modern and they give sex such a nice innocent flavor. I like that!
The World Erotic Art Museum
1205 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tel: (305) 532-9336 • WEAM.com
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