Cervix with a smile: Vagina Museum opens in Camden Town
First exhibition is 'Muff Busters: Vagina Myths and How To Fight Them'
21 November, 2019 — By Helen Chapman
“Ovary and out” is how founder of the Vagina Museum Florence Schechter signs off her emails.
She launched the project to open the Vagina Museum after discovering there was a penis museum in Iceland, the Icelandic Phallological Museum, but there was no equivalent for the vagina or vulva. It opened last week with their first exhibition – Muff Busters: Vagina Myths and How To Fight Them.
Running until the end of February, it looks at anatomy, periods, sex and contraception.
Ms Schechter said: “It’s really interesting seeing the different ways that people approach it. Some come in and they are curious or pensive. Some people come in and they just start laughing.”
Musuem director Florence Schechter
Curator Sarah Creed said: “We want this to be a community space for everyone, LGBT+ people and intersex people, to come and have these conversations in a safe and reassured way.”
The exhibition quotes a YouGov survey in March, which found that more than half of the British public surveyed could not describe the function or visibly identify the vagina, labia or urethra. Alongside a giant sequin sculpture of a tampon are items of Ms Creed’s underwear in a glass frame.
She said: “The fact your vagina is acidic during reproductive years… that can lead to bleached underwear. This is my underwear in this box. That is how much I advocate this.”
Muff Busters: Vagina Myths and How To Fight Them
The museum exists thanks to a public fundraising drive, with more than 1,000 people collectively donating almost £50,000.
Leader of Camden Council Georgia Gould said that Camden has a proud and radical history of challenging prejudice and orthodoxy, adding: “We are therefore incredibly excited that the Vagina Museum is seeking to establish in Camden, and hope that it is funded to provide an inclusive and intersectional centre for learning, creativity, activism, and outreach that will add immeasurably to our collective understanding of our bodies.”