Bodies…Exhibition or Exploitation?

The controversial touring show, “Bodies–The Exhibition”, has come to Winnipeg. I responded to the news with a very “visceral” reaction.  Is the show a scientific exhibition or crass exploitation of the vulnerable? While I can’t deny that the human form is indeed beautiful and mysterious in all its complexity, I’m not sure I want to see it so nakedly displayed. While I have some concerns about provenence and permission, I recognize that even if there were complete assurances that the dead had willingly consented to have their bodies displayed in such a fashion, it would still not sit well with me. I can’t entirely separate the respect due to the living, breathing loving person from that of the plastinated remains.

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