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'The Family Sex Show' — sex-ed production aimed at kids as young as 5 that features 'non-sexual nudity' — canceled in UK after 'unprecedented threats'

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"The Family Sex Show" — a sex-education stage production aimed at children as young as 5 years old that features "non-sexual nudity" — has been canceled in the United Kingdom after "unprecedented threats" launched at the company putting on the show.

What are the details?

The show "features non-sexual nudity and explores topics such as consent, pleasure, queerness, and gender," BBC News said, adding that it targeted "children as young as five."

In response, more than 38,000 people signed a petition calling for the cancellation of the show, which was set for May performances at Bristol's Tobacco Factory, BBC News reported in a follow-up story. The petition called "The Family Sex Show" "profoundly irresponsible" and "wholly inappropriate."

With that, the theater said on its website that "performances of The Family Sex Show by ThisEgg at Tobacco Factory Theatres have been cancelled ... due to the unprecedented threats and abuse directed at our building and team."

The show's creators — ThisEgg — tweeted that it's "regrettable that violent and illegal threats and abuse directed at the company and venues by a small group of people with extremist views has prevented families from opting to attend something that was transparent, consensual and legal."

ThisEgg added that "these public performances would have offered safe and positive learning to children, young people, and guardians about rights, bodies, sex and relationships, advised by safeguarding and educational specialists."

In addition, ThisEgg said it created a website outlining what "The Family Sex Show" is all about. The topics include Bodies & Touch, What Is Sexuality? What Are My Pronouns? and Loving Ourselves.

Anything else?

BBC News reported that some parents anonymously said they were OK with the show and would be happy for their kids to see it, including one Bristol mom who said it was a "great idea" and that her children "would laugh the whole time and put their hands over their eyes and then say to me, 'Why on earth did you bring me here?'"

Bristol therapist and sex education specialist Stephanie Healy told the network she understands why the show would seem "scary" for some parents but urged them to "be brave."

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