• Devyn Molina

The world’s first Vagina Museum sets out to educate and erase stigmas surrounding women’s anatomy

The Vagina Museum has finally debuted in London and is ready to debunk any myths and ultimately educate those any and all vagina related taboos.

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With a tampon and menstrual cup clad in red glitter, the world’s first Vagina Museum opened its doors in the heart of the Camden Stable’s Market in London. Despite the lack of space, the museum manages to pack as many vagina myth-busting displays and educational illustrations on gynecological anatomy as possible.

The museum’s director, Florence Schechter, got her inspiration for the museum after she visited a penis museum in Iceland. Realising there wasn’t a vagina equivalent museum anywhere around the world, in 2017, Schechter started holding events which would lead to various pop-ups. She simply couldn’t wrap her head around the fact that there was not enough attention on the anatomy of half of the worlds’ population. With the help of well-known museum curator, Sarah Creed, the Vagina Museum made its first real home in London.

Dubbed as the pop-up sex education class, the museum focuses on mainly spreading knowledge and awareness as well as tackling any stigmas about the vagina. Its current exhibit, Muff Busters: Vagina Myths and How to Fight Them, is set to run until the end of February, highlights many of the common misconceptions on topics like menstruation, cleanliness, overall appearance, contraception, sex and political issues.

While the exhibit is laced with humour, it makes it a point to also draw attention to the societal pressure and unrealistic body standards women are faced with in regard to their anatomy.

One of the museum’s missions is to promote intersectional feminism and female empowerment, museum-goer and self-proclaimed feminist, Caroline, 29, stated: “The museum itself is small but manages to pack a lot of information in. There’s still a lot of ignorance surrounding vaginas and women’s health in general, so any effort to educate people is a good thing.”

She followed up with: “Knowledge is power and female empowerment is a positive movement that benefits us all.”

Besides the iconic glittery tampon and menstrual cups, one of the most notable and shocking displays that seemed to draw peoples’ attention were two large Coca-Cola bottles. In the 1950s and 1960s, some women believed that using a glass Coca-Cola bottle as a douche after sexual intercourse would act as a form of contraception. They believed that due to the acidity of the soda, it would in turn act as a spermicide.

Schechter hopes to continue spreading awareness through education and destigmatizing vaginas in more cities across the globe.

University student, Shannon, 25, noted: “The concept is good and what people, especially younger girls in the UK should know about. But I think it would benefit more in other countries where vaginas are really considered taboo. I think countries that have predominant problems with myths like these would really benefit from the museum.”

The Vagina Museum continually holds weekly events such as book clubs on feminist literature, vagina trivia nights and bingo and a discussion and Q&A with Florence Schechter.

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