China to lay bare birth control at museum

December 19th, 2011 - 3:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Dec 19 (IANS) China, which has the world’s largest population of over 1.3 billion, would soon come up with a museum-cum-theme park that tells the story of contraception in the country through the ages.

The National Museum of Contraceptives would probably be built in Rudong county in Jiangsu province, the Shanghai Daily reported.

According to the Modern Express newspaper, the museum would include a 10,000-square-metre display hall, an education centre and a contraceptive-themed park.

The proposed museum would also tell the story of contraception in China through the ages and detail the achievements of birth control in Rudong County, government officials told the newspaper.

However, teenagers receive military training at a base in the county, and the plans to build the museum have run into controversy.

Nearby residents said it would be “inappropriate” to build the museum there.

“Most of visitors to the base are teenagers or younger children, and I don’t think a contraceptive museum and theme park is suitable for them,” said one resident.

The newspaper, however, said very few people visit the area near the base, with the exception of the teenagers sent by their schools to receive military training.

Some people supported the museum, arguing that teenagers would learn about sex education by visiting the museum.

“Some Chinese parents find it awkward to teach their children about sex, so the museum may help them in this task,” said a blogger named Maomao on

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