Sex in the Museum: My Unlikely Career at New York's Most Provocative Museum

Sex in the Museum My Unlikely Career at New York s Most Provocative Museum Sarah Forbes was in graduate school when she stumbled upon a museum dedicated to sex The anthropology student hesitated when her boyfriend suggested she apply for a job but apply she did and it wasn

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  • Title: Sex in the Museum: My Unlikely Career at New York's Most Provocative Museum
  • Author: Sarah Forbes
  • ISBN: 9781250041678
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sarah Forbes was in graduate school when she stumbled upon a museum dedicated to sex The anthropology student hesitated when her boyfriend suggested she apply for a job, but apply she did, and it wasn t long before a part time position at New York s MUSEUM OF SEX lead to a gig as the museum s curator That was over twelve years ago Now Sarah a married mother of twoSarah Forbes was in graduate school when she stumbled upon a museum dedicated to sex The anthropology student hesitated when her boyfriend suggested she apply for a job, but apply she did, and it wasn t long before a part time position at New York s MUSEUM OF SEX lead to a gig as the museum s curator That was over twelve years ago Now Sarah a married mother of two proudly sports her title as Curator of Sex In SEX IN THE MUSEUM, Sarah invites readers to travel from suburban garages where men and women build sex machines, to factories that make sex toys, to labyrinthine archives of erotica collectors Escorting us in to the hidden world of sex, illuminating the never talked about communities and eccentricities of our sexual subcultures, and telling her own personal story of a decade at The Museum of Sex, Sarah asks readers to grapple with the same questions she did when it comes to sex, what is good, bad, deviant, normal Do such terms even apply If everyone has sexual secrets, is it possible to really know another person and be known by them And importantly, in our hyper sexualized world, is it still possible to fall in love

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    1. This was a fascinating and enlightening memoir. Well written and highly informative even if you think you know all there is to know I guarantee you will be surprised by at least a few of the facts found in these pages. I grew up in an age where talk shows were more than just celebrity gossip and tests for paternity, so I was probably 16 the first time I saw a chubby man waddle onto a tv stage to proclaim he was leaving his wife because he found a woman willing to change his diapers and breast fe [...]

    2. I must be grouchy. the material worth reading in this book, about the museum, is scanty and is embedded within the breathless self-centered narrative of the author.Why include the sub-plot about her hunt for a husband in NYC?a big MEH

    3. Even though Sarah was a little hesitant to take the job at the Museum of Sex (“MoSex”), she soon developed a real passion for the job and was instrumental in the development of many landmark exhibits. While the book contained some pretty extreme content, the author’s narration was always matter-of-fact, never judgmental, and very respectful. And whoo-boy, did I learn a lot of new terms("merkin") and, well, preferences ("furries"). (If curious, Google them--but not at work.) At times it was [...]

    4. Sex in the Museum is easy to read, thought provoking and funny, but also warm and touching. I never even thought about what a curator does and this book certainly explained that. I can only imagine how many difficult situations Sarah must have lived through when she was introduced to a new person and her profession was announced. The book leaves you wanting to go to the Museum and play with some of the displays. Enjoy!

    5. Automatic 5 stars because I know this author. :)I'll write a real review when I'm done reading, but this much I know: memoirs about working at sex museums are awesome. Period.

    6. I didn't know what to expect, but it had me at the title of the first chapter: "Please Don't Touch, Lick, Stroke, or Mount the Exhibits". Part memoir, part anthropological examination of sex throughout the world, "Sex in the Museum" puts a young, lively, contemplative and female voice to the exhibition of sex in a contemporary museum with topics chosen from the human and animal kingdoms. My only disappointment after reading the Kindle edition of "Sex in the Museum: My Unlikely Career at New York [...]

    7. Reads more like the diary of a love-struck teenager seeking romance and a lifelong partner than an account of the museum. Some interesting entries on the exhibits and content in the museum but not a very coherent delivery as it is too often interrupted by her juvenile rambling. Maybe a 1.5 at best.

    8. I liked this book, but it wasn't very well written. It jumped around a lot. The animal sex chapter was fascinating though.

    9. What would happen if a Jane Austen heroine wound up working at a sex museum while searching for love in New York? Pretty much, this.

    10. A fun read in a similar style to Mary Roach. Forbes kept me laughing, interested, and wanting more for the entire book.

    11. More like 2.5 stars. I listened to this book on Audible, so the narrator became a factor. Though I finally got used to her, I found the narrator to be overly perky and pseudo-dramatic, which may have brought my enjoyment of the book down some. I loved the parts about the Museum of Sex (MOSEX). The accounts of the exhibits Forbes curated were fascinating, and I found myself wishing that I could have visited the museum more than a few times. I learned a lot just by listening to the variety of exhi [...]

    12. Paikoin hyvinkin kiinnostavaa luettavaa siitä kuinka nuori parikymppinen hieman plus tyttö valmistuu kulttuuriantropologian laitokselta ja jatkotutkimusaihetta miettiessään päätyy hakemaan töihin seksimuseoon ja päätyy lopulta paitsi museon kuraattoriksi ja naiseksi joka kiinnostaa mediaa. Sisältää museon ja näyttelyiden historian lisäksi myös Sarahin oman elämän tarinaa aina vähän noloihin unelmahäihin. (Jos amerikanirlantilainen mies ja meksikolaisjuutalainen newyorkilaisna [...]

    13. Enlightening & eye-opening! Much of this read like fiction - Ms. Forbes has had a life that could well be translated into fiction or something like chick lit or romantic comedies. How she stumbled into this job is the perfect example.It went deep without getting raunchy - I was worried about the 'taste' factor, but I needn't have worried as it was all very tasteful and even restrained.

    14. msarki.tumblr/post/1427993The promise was certainly there for an exciting read. The question posed to me would be the degree of honesty Sarah Forbes would muster regarding her own personal story of her surprising emergence as a sort of “sex worker” coming unlikely on the heels of her graduating from a conventional academic study in anthropology. Forbes provided herself with an entire book in which to elaborate and explore, in what was hoped to be in the spirit of jeopardy, her tenure as sex [...]

    15. Kirja joka jäi mieleen omituisuudessaan. Millainen seksi-museo voisi syntyä Suomeen? Mäntsälän seksimuseo olisi jo erikoinen tapaus. Kuka lahjoittaa oman huolella keräilemänsä kotikirjastonsa kokoelmiinatisi melko mustan huumorintajun jos joutuisi sitä aineistoa läpi käymään.

    16. I gotta say it: this book was just OK. The thing is it isn't a bad book per se but the author is a curator in a sex museum and somehow makes that role the least sexy thing you've ever read about. I understand the conundrum because while the author has one of the more interesting jobs one can imagine, she is still a researcher, a cultural anthropologist, so she talks about her work in an approachable but analytical way. You will not get even remotely hot or bothered reading this book.Most readers [...]

    17. As evident by the popularity of Romance Novels, the best-selling book (and movie) “Fifty Shades of Grey”, or even letters in the newspapers to “Dear Abby”, etc sex is a popular subject. And then of course, there’s a shadier side of sex, involving porn, S&M, bondage, and bizarre sexual devices, which isn't commonly discussed in mixed-company. This book, "Sex in the Museum" tends to bridge these two areas, without unnecessarily emphasizing the latter. Having lived in New York City, I [...]

    18. I've been reading more memoirs recently, so when Sex in the Museum popped up on Netgalley, it sounded like something interesting and a little bit different from what I'd been reading. Of course, I happened to get approved for five galleys in the same week, and I also had five library books come in from holds at the same time, too. This all happened as I was starting a new class for the first time in three years, and I was traveling. Needless to say, it was quite a bit going on at the same time, [...]

    19. This is a small, fast, fun memoir by the curator of the Museum of Sex in NYC. Sarah seems like an incredibly fun and energetic person, full of unashamed curiosity about many aspects of life, and that seems to have served her well in her ascent to and current work as the curator at MoSex. I enjoyed reading her story, not only for the random, often titillating bits of sexual trivia, but also for a peek at the work entailed in curacy and exhibit designs. I can only imagine that, as portrayed, Sarah [...]

    20. Well, the distance – and Tripadvidor reviews – mean I'm quite sure not to visit the Museum of Sex in New York for any time to come, but this book from one of the main staff-members was still an interesting read. Dipping in and out of autobiography, a description of the nature of the work (she got the job while probably more geared towards women's rights in Latin America, or some other anthropological cause, but could still transfer academic skills across) and the subject matter of the establ [...]

    21. I definitely had higher hopes for this book. I enjoyed learning about the Museum of Sex, and I aspire to visit one day! The exhibits sound well thought out and fascinating, and I enjoyed hearing the odd facts and learning about the behind-the-scenes museum work. What wasn't as enjoyable was the author's memoir. Yes, she has an interesting job and is a decent writer, but she just isn't that interesting. She isn't quite Sex and the City, and doesn't exactly have a unique or refreshing perspective. [...]

    22. author went to same college as one of my sisters, and seems like a pleasant thoughtful person, so I wanted to like this but it was just ok. Anthropology grad student gets a job in NYC museum of sex. Some fairly interesting anecdotes about interactions with eccentric collectors who want to donate their stashes of porn or what not, but for the most part actually kind of a boring book. I could see it as an interview segment on a talk show ["so tell me, how do guys react when they hear where you wor [...]

    23. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book!This book had me saying WHAT THE HELL did I just read?!! It was probably the most different scene/scenario of any book I've ever read (and I read A LOT)! It had me captivated from the beginning and I didn't want to put it down!Sarah was in graduate school when she stumbled across a museuma sex museum!! At the suggestion from her boyfriend to apply for a job there, she does and lands the job!! That was 12 years ago, now married with ki [...]

    24. LOVED THIS. Intersperses her personal story along sexual activity (dating, marriage, getting pregnant) along with her tenure as assistant-curator-to-curator at the Museum of Sex in NYC. This book combines two things I love: information on sexuality and nerdy librarian themes. Instead of thinking about how you develop a collection for your library community, you think about how you curate and design shows that will both be engaging and informing. With sexuality being a banned and/or private manne [...]

    25. I was given a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed reading this. I found it to be quite interesting. Many of the things I had never heard of before, and I found myself highlighting a number of things to look into further. The only downside is I wish there had been pictures included as well. I think that would have added to the book a bit to be able to see exactly what the author was referencing to. I ended up googling things later, but that added edition would ha [...]

    26. Being a museum curator is serious business. When your museum is devoted to the study of sex, you've got to keep a sense of humor about things. This is the wonderful tale of Sarah's journey from naive anthro major to confident curator of exhibits devoted to animal sex, condoms, and pornography. Along the way (in which you learn some hilarious and rather fascinating tidbits about human sexuality), you find that despite the sense of humor Sarah brings to this job, it's deadly serious business, and [...]

    27. The author shares a decade of experience curating exhibitions at MoSex, intertwined with stories of how it affected her personal life -- all in an educated, straightforward and non-exploitative manner. If you're open and curious about sex in all of its permutations, this is a collection of tidbits that will fascinate you so much that you won't want to turn the last page. I hadn't heard of the Museum of Sex before now, but it just shot to the top of my list of things to do in NYC.*** I received a [...]

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