Dead things don’t have sex

Gunther von Hagens has lost an appeal to display his more sexually explicit plastinated corpses – the court in Augsburg, Germany, say the exhibit in his Body Worlds (freak) show would breach public decency. It’s not the fact that he displays dead people stripped of their skin in strange poses. The indecent part is that he has arranged the poses in sexual positions. (Austrian Times, The new Body Worlds exhibition (with corpses having sex) has already been displayed in other German cities.


Fascinating that the earlier exhibitions were not seen as indecent but placing dead things on top of each other in a particular order is indecent. If the courts accept the fact that bodies can be plastinated, stripped and displayed then I don’t really see what’s wrong with putting them in sexual positions.