On Saturday, 16 November 2019 the world’s first Museum dedicated to vaginas, vulvas and the gynaecological anatomy, opened in Camden Market, London.
Muff Busters: Vagina Myths and How To Fight Them is the first exhibition and it runs from 16 Nov 2019 — 28 Feb 2020. (Free admission) There is also different events running each week, go and check out on the Museum’s page for more information.
- Spread knowledge and raise awareness of the gynaecological anatomy and health
- Give confidence to people to talk about issues surrounding the gynaecological anatomy
- Erase the stigma around the body and gynaecological anatomy
- Act as a forum for feminism, women’s rights, the LGBT+ community and the intersex community
- Challenge heteronormative and cisnormative behaviour
- Promote intersectional, feminist and trans-inclusive values
The exhibition focuses on breaking myth surrounding the vagina, women’s sexuality and it stands for breaking the taboos. It is an inclusive place for women everywhere to come, learn, and share experiences and to create a supporting, safe place.
One of the myth the museum discusses is, “If you have a vagina then you are a woman.” This is not true in all cases. Not all women have vagina, and not all individuals with a vagina identify as a woman. When discussing the links between anatomy and gender it is important to first identify the two main terminologies used when identifying an individual – one being sex, and the other being gender.
It is important to understand that gender is a spectrum and people can identify themselves at a number of points along this spectrum between the binary gender norms of man or woman.
Labelling all people with vagina as a woman, as female or determining that in order to be a woman or identify as female you must have a vagina, you label the lived experience of many individuals as invalid or untrue. This is particularly damaging for those who do not associate with their birth sex, who are severely underrepresented in society and fight daily to live their lives as their true self.
I really enjoyed this exhibition and I am very grateful that the museum opened. I think it is really important for us to educate ourselves and I think London being a melting pot of so many people from so many cultures, it is indeed an amazing place to open the first, and hopefully not last vagina museum. I am coming from a country where we are not really being educated about our anatomy, we don’t talk about menstruation, women’s pleasure or masturbation. All these are taboos and certainly topics surrounded with shame.
I’m very grateful for Florence Schechter and everyone who is involved with this project. They are creating space for us, women to come together and embrace ourselves. The exhibition is absolutely educational and I will definitely keep coming back to support this unique and fantastic place.