There’s a penis museum in Iceland but there is no permanent, dedicated vagina museum anywhere in the world. Nope, not even in the Netherlands.
Science vlogger Florence Schechter discovered this further proof of gender inequality while researching animal vaginas (as you do) for a YouTube video.
Outraged after failing to find anywhere dedicated to our beloved lady bits, she set up a fundraising page to bring the world’s first Vagina Museum to London as soon as possible. Hell, she’s so dead set on this idea that she’s going to do it herself, if she can raise the dollar.
If you’re wondering what exactly Florence would put in her museum, the possibilities are endless. She’s already promising art and history exhibitions, feminist comedy nights (she hosted the first one earlier this month) and a cafe selling vajay-themed cupcakes, along with touting the idea of launching community outreach programmes to support survivors of sexual violence and encourage young women to pursue careers in male-dominated industries.
Shevolution caught up with her Schechter to find out more about her mission (which we are fully behind, naturally):
How did this idea come about?
“I run a YouTube channel about science and was making a video about animal vaginas to complement my penis one but found information difficult to find. I heard there was a penis museum ,so thought maybe there is a vagina museum that would have information. There was not. There’s a website called the vagina museum, but there’s no building anywhere in the world dedicated to vaginas. I was upset at this inequality. There was only one way to rectify this – make one.”
Is there really no such museum already?
“There are travelling art pieces (e.g. Great Wall of Vagina), small exhibits as part of wider museum (e.g. at MONA), a small medical museum at the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a virtual museum. But there is no physical space wholly dedicated to the vagina and the people who have them.”
How do you feel about the vagina’s place in society?
“I think it’s terrible the vagina is still so taboo. We’ve come so far in many parts of the world but we’ve still got a long way to go. There are too many people suffering from sexual assault, FGM and oppression. The first step in addressing a problem is naming it, so let’s talk about vaginas.”
How has the response been so far?
“Mostly very positive! Lots of people seem to be on board from the general public to FGM activists to charities to scientists.”
If you want to support the cause, you can donate online here.