Let's Talk About Sex

Let's Talk About Sex

Thursday, February 13, 2020 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm


The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Adults
  • Evening
  • Members
  • Public

Adults 21+ featuring Cash Bar
Inspired by the popular Science After Hours comes a new intimate, boutique-style event.

Take a deeper dive into the science of sex with an intimate evening designed to open your mind...and hearts. Explore research about the complex biological and psychological components of sex, gender, love, attraction, and relationships.

Featured Programming:

Drag Queen Story Time with Brittany Lynn
Join Miss Brittany for a unique, adults-only edition of their popular Drag Queen Story Time. Enter each reading with the mindset that you are attending story time at your local library, either as a parent or a kid yourself, complete with props and sing-along! Each reading will be followed with a Q&A hosted by The Franklin Institute's Environmental Scientist, Rachel Valleta on the role drag story time has in discussing gender with audiences at an early age and hear some of Miss Brittany's favorite story time experiences.
Drag Queen Story Time will be taking place in the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial.

Clown Sex Ed. with Tribe of Fools
Local theater group Tribe of Fools brings excerpts from their 2019 production, Clown Sex Ed., to the museum this evening to take us on a hilarious romp through some of the challenges, failures and horrors of the American sexual education system.
Clown Sex Ed. will be taking place in the Atrium along with roving encounters in select exhibits.

The For-Play area
Step right up for a mini carnival of carnal delights. Take part in activities that engage the senses and provide opportunities to learn more about your friends or make some new ones.
Activities Include:
      Whipped Cream Flip: A quick and dirty physics experiment that involves whipped cream.
      Sensory Meet Cute: Tactile encounters that look at new ways we may meet that special someone. Similar to a romantic comedy...but with more comedy.
      Let's Get Physical: Test physical chemistry with a nifty device that produces different tones and sounds according to the intensity of your physical response to different stimuli.
      And More!            
The For-Play area will be taking place in Franklin Foodworks. Doors for For-Play will open at 7:45 pm.

Featured Experts:
Expert interactions are ongoing throughout the evening and include short presentations + flash talks, opportunities for more intimate conversations and hands-on interactives - each a unique experience with the presenter.

Timaree Schmit, Ph.D. | Sex with Timaree
Science of Desire, Arousal and Love – Taking from research in the fields of biology, history, cross-cultural behavioral studies, and psychology, Dr. Timaree describes what we know and what we don't - about the science of arousal, desire, love and orientation. This entertaining and interactive experience covers the brain chemistry of love, the cultural practices around mating and keys to long-term relationships. Science of Desire, Arousal and Love will be taking place in the Your Brain exhibit.

Alex Bove, Ph.D.
The Audacity of Rope: Shibari You Can Use – Dr. Bove will discuss both the history of Shibari and how to incorporate it into your life. Physical and emotional safety will be addressed, and basic techniques will be demonstrated - try out simple ties for yourself and learn more about the science of arousal! The Audacity of Rope: Shibari You Can Use will be taking place in the Changing Earth exhibit.

Janielle Bryan, MPH CHES
Sex Tech: The Future of Sex & Technology – Sex tech is a multi-billion dollar industry that's only growing. Together we'll learn more about the industry and how it's changing the sexual wellness market. Get a sneak peek of the new products at the cutting edge of sex technology! Sex Tech: The Future of Sex & Technology will be taking place in the Tech Studio.

Lorraine T. Dean, ScD | Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
PrEP’d for Good Sex – Did you ever think that taking a pill could keep you from getting HIV? This talk will cover research on some of the new methods that can keep you healthy before and during sex. PrEP'd for Good Sex will be taking place in the Giant Heart exhibit.

Co-curated by local sexologist, columnist, and podcaster, Dr. Timaree Schmit, this hands-on event is designed to provide guests with rational, empirically-based, and scientifically-focused knowledge about gender, sex, and sexuality in an entertaining and judgment-free environment. This evening includes access to some of the most iconic exhibits including The Giant Heart, Your Brain and SportsZone along with a Cash Bar.

Adults 21+

Non-members $20
Members $15

The Franklin Institute offers a welcoming environment in which all guests can freely delight in the fanciful, the frightening, and the just plain weird reaches of science.  We maintain that guests have the right to fully experience and enjoy our programming regardless of their age, background, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic situation, religion, or abilities. Discrimination or harassment of any form will not be tolerated.

All times and locations are subject to change. A full program of the evening including presentation times and locations will be provided upon check-in at the event.

Participating Partners

  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • Bearded Ladies Cabaret
  • Temple University
  • Phillydragmafia.com
  • WOAR
  • Sex With Timaree
  • Drexel University
  • Tribe of Fools
  • Sexploratorium
  • EgoPo Classic Theater