Museum of Sex

Have you ever smugly thought “I’ve seen it all. There’s nothing that would surprise me anymore.” And then, one night, poof – you see things you never dreamed possible?

That’s what happened to me last night when I attended a benefit for Planned Parenthood of New York City at the Museum of Sex in Manhattan. There I was viewing exhibits of outrageous and outrageously funny sexual nature and content with 400 people I never met before – not exactly a touchy-feely sort of experience 😉 I saw things last night that I am sure will either give me nightmares or send me to therapy. And I have one lingering question – who has the time to dream up all those weird machines?

But one thing was without question. Summer, Sex & Spirits, the benefit for PPNYC, was a gargantuan success. The benefit committee , made up of members of the Activist Council, sold the place out. There were raffles for gifts throughout the night and a very cool array of choices in the super-popular silent auction. Original art and photography by top artists, spa sessions by Providence Day Spa & Euphoria Spa, a night at the Gershwin Hotel along with dinner at Philippe, goody baskets provided by Babeland and the Pleasure Chest, private yoga lessons, a cooking lesson from professional chefs Nancy Wong & Alice Levin – along with a bottle of Barolo! A signed “Sex and the City” script was a big winner as were a wine tasting party, and strip tease lessons.

There was even a lunch for 4 with Dr. Ruth auctioned off – I actually wish I had won that one – I now have some issues I need to discuss with her.

The catering provided by Apartment 138 in Brooklyn was great – the dates wrapped in bacon were hot, savory & sweet, and the veggie burger sliders were out-of-this-world. And there was lots of wine and beer flowing all night long.

This might have been the coolest party in town this week. Congrats to everyone at PPNYC who helped pull this off. The crowd was super diverse with a wide range of ages – all coming out on a hot & muggy night to help support the great work of Planned Parenthood.

Oh, the best part of the museum for me? The film with Smally Paulie – but that’s all I’m telling you – you’ll have to go see the ending for yourself!


  1. Ange
    Posted July 30, 2008 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

    And I’d heard there was nothing to see there……

    Glad to hear the benefit was such a success.

  2. Evelyn
    Posted July 30, 2008 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Nothing to see?! Beside the beautiful people last night, the Museum of Sex has three galleries. The latest exhibit The Sex Lives of Animals is about the diversity of animal’s non-reproductive sexual behavior, just as diverse as humans. The exhibit also has life size sculptures of animals in sexual positions. The other two galleries have exhibits just as fascinating. Come and see for yourselves.

    Posted August 1, 2008 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    We also really wanted to win that lunch with Dr. Ruth!

    Here’s our ‘recap’ of the event (with some silly photos):
    Summer, Sex and Spirits: The Blog

    So much fun. And such a good cause.

  4. Naomi
    Posted August 9, 2008 at 12:37 am | Permalink

    Glad to have this blog forwarded to me from NYC PP. Congrats on great success. Just posted “SAFE SEX: Fund-Raiser Thrills Museum Crowd” about how remarkable it was, particularly to our elder eyes.

    Encourage you to use the button for on your site, so people can make one like the one I wore that night…hope you saw it.


  5. Roger
    Posted August 10, 2008 at 2:02 am | Permalink

    Many thanks to “a little red hen” for their great post…

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