Discover The Museum That Will Be Dedicated Solely To Vaginas
1 de febrero de 2018Maria Suarez
It will be the first museum of its kind, presenting the vagina through a variety of perspectives in order to "demystify and destigmatize the vagina."
“There was a study in the UK done by the Eve Appeal, a gynaecological cancer charity, that found that half of young British women can’t locate a vagina on an anatomical diagram. People are using euphemisms instead of calling it what it is. People are not going to the doctor because they’re too embarrassed. I want to just have the information there, freely available. Anyone can walk in and just come and learn about it. There will be free entry. Even if you don’t have a place or people to talk about it with, you can come to the museum and talk about it with us.”
Image by Allison Honeycutt
“I’m a science communicator and one of the things that I do is I make videos about science. I made this one which was top ten animal penises. It was really fun and it did well. I thought okay I’ll make a vagina one. But I went on the Internet to do my research and there was barely any research at all. I found that there’s actually a bias against vaginas in scientific studies.
A friend of mine had just been to the Penis Museum in Iceland, so I thought if there’s a penis museum there’ll be a vagina museum that will have research that I can look up. But there wasn’t an equivalent to the penis museum. There was like a virtual museum but they’re wasn't a physical museum. It was mostly art, then there’s a medical museum, and lots of women’s museums, but there wasn’t a vagina museum. I was really upset about this. And I was like 'well, anyone who wants to change it has to make one.' You can actually see on Twitter when I came to this thought process.”
“One of the major aims is to demystify and destigmatize the vagina. It is something we don’t talk about."
Image by Tammen Terhi
I want it to be an encyclopedic museum, so anything and everything to do with the vagina is going to be there. From science to art to sociology to history.”
“Gender inclusivity is one of the major values and always has been since the inception of the museum. The party line isNot everyone with a vagina is a woman, not every woman has a vagina.”
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“Some people have said things likeI fought hard for women’s rights and I don’t like that you’re reducing women to vaginas. I never claimed it to be a women’s museum. So, I don’t understand that side of it. You can have a museum about one particular body part. If someone opened a lungs museum nobody would be like,ugh why don’t you do a whole body museum?The other side is people who don’t like the fact that we’re gender inclusive. There was someone who produced a poster for a temporary exhibition and someone said,Could you tell me why you’ve used the words people instead of women?And I so wanted to reply,Do you not think that women are also people?Is it not accurate?”
“People who don’t have vaginas still have to learn about them because they know people who have vaginas. They probably work with people who have vaginas. They need to be understanding of those issues so that they can interact with them more appropriately. How many times have you been annoyed at a man who’s asked jokingly if it’s your time of the month? It’s so frustrating. The flipside is that you don’t just interact with people who have vaginas. Vaginas will also directly affect your life. If you want to have a baby, you’re going to have to get that baby by putting something up a vagina, and its probably going to come out of a vagina. If you want to care about that baby, you need to understand the issues surrounding that process.
It’s not intended to be a scientific learning experience where you’ll point at the cervix or uterus and that’s it. The museum will include sociological things as well. Men need to be a part of changing the world for the better. They need to be part of stopping child marriages and FGM. They need to learn how we can change our society so it’s less transphobic, homophobic, and misogynist. The only way they’re going to be a part of changing this world into the wonderful feminist utopia we all hope to it would be, is if they learn and talk about these issues.”
Image by Kylah Reed
“The vagina is amazing. It’s wonderful thing and we should all be celebrating it.”
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