The world’s first vagina museum has been established in London, United Kingdom. The museum was built through a crowdfunding campaign that raised Rs 4,665,212 Lakhs ($65,000) from supporters across the globe.
The museum aims to educate the people and spread awareness about female gynecological anatomy and inclusivity. Also including other things like cleanliness, appearance, periods, sex, and contraception.
The vagina is a vital female organ that is often stigmatised. There is a blank space in public discussions when it comes to talking about a female vagina.
Hence, the vagina museum aims at addressing and breaking the taboos surrounding the female body and its parts.
The project was first incepted in March 2017.
Founder and director Florence Schechter received over 1,000 donations from around the world to build her dream project.
The idea first struck her when she found out that there were plenty of penis museums. There is one Penis Museum located in Reykjavik, Iceland but no vagina museum even in the remotest part of the world.
She ran events and exhibitions for two and a half years, after which, she was finally able to establish a physical premise.
It is the first, one of its kind, bricks and mortar museum specially dedicated to vaginas and vulvas
The exhibition is also available to view online here: https://www.vaginamuseum.co.uk/collections/all
Events like stand up comedy, theatre, and talk shows will take place in the museum.
The museum also has a shop that sells vulva postcards, earrings and vagina museum cups.
But how far is India in following London’s lead in getting a Vagina Museum?
The most pertinent question that arises is will India ever allow the coming of such a museum because we Indians are such hypocrites that even though our population may be skyrocketing but we will never address the underlying issue.
We are a country where we are still fighting age-old stigmas attached to periods and if mensurating women should be allowed to enter Sabarimala.
On the other hand, we have millennials who are breaking boundaries and challenging traditionalists ideas.
Till then, it will be interesting to watch when will India get its own vagina museum.