What happens in Las Vegas…
Everyone knows the rest of the phrase, and comedians capitalize on it, as if nothing erotic in Las Vegas should be taken seriously.
But did you know that Las Vegas is the home of the Erotic Heritage Museum? The museum opened its doors just off the Strip one year ago and is celebrating its first anniversary this weekend with a series of fabulous events, culminating tomorrow with Sex on the Streets, their First Anniversary Fundraiser offering live entertainment and a tour of the museum. Other offerings include classes by Dr. Susan Kaye on erotic massage and Tantra – “Living from the Neck Down.” Wish we could be there!
Both halves of Adriana were privileged to participate with other e-pubbed authors of erotica and erotic romance in a book-signing at the museum last March, sponsored by EPIC. A print copy of our erotic romance The Merry Widow (Whiskey Creek Press Torrid) is now a part of the museum’s official archives!
We were impressed with the range and depth of the beautifully displayed exhibits and highly recommend the experience to anyone interested in erotica and especially the history of the American Sexual Revolution. Here’s a little information from the museum’s brochure:
“The Museum seeks to bridge the gap between that which is commercial and often misidentified as pornographic, with that which is aesthetic, often identified as folk, pop, and fine art through a common visual language.
The Museum encompasses over 24,000 square feet of permanent and featured exhibits designed to preserve wonders of the erotic imagination as depicted through the artistic expression of acts of sex and love.
In keeping with the legacy of the American Sexual Revolution, the Museum is dedicated to the belief that sexual pleasure and fun are natural aspects of the human experience, that such pleasure must be made available to all, and that our individual sexuality belongs to each of us.”
Amen to that! I think our favorite exhibit is the Heroes wall, a display of brief biographies of Americans who faced stigma and often legal challenges to confront sex-based restrictions on freedom of speech and freedom of the press and usher in the freedoms we now enjoy to write, publish, view and share erotic materials.
One example: Phil Harvey is founder and owner of the on-line toy store Adam & Eve, a great place to find any sex toy on your wish list. But did you know that he fought U.S. mail restrictions to start his mail order condom business, with the goal of making inexpensive birth control available to third world countries? He spent personal funds fighting law suits and won, and still devotes a portion of the company’s profits to sex education and birth control resources in underdeveloped nations.
If you’re in the area, drop by the museum this weekend and sample its offerings. If you’re not, consider a donation to help preserve our heritage and our freedoms.