Crowdfunding helps set up the world's first vagina museum in London
The first museum in the world dedicated solely to the vagina will open in London in November this year, after raising about $62,000 (almost Rs 44 lakhs) through a crowdfunding campaign.
The museum aims to educate the visitors about vaginas while eliminating the stigmas surrounding them. Founder Florence Schechter decided to set it up in 2017, after discovering that a museum in Iceland is dedicated to penises but there is no counterpart for vaginas. The aim, she says, is to erase the stigma around the body and gynaecological anatomy for everyone, regardless of their race, sex or gender. Subsequently, she and her team launched a crowdfunding campaign.
The museum will open on November 16 in a temporary location in London's Camden Market with an exhibition titled Muff Busters: Vagina Myths and How to Fight Them, which aims at challenging myths about the vagina.
It will feature art exhibitions, plays, workshops and comedy nights all centred around vaginas. The mission statement of the museum asserts that it will also act as a forum for feminism, women's rights, the LGBT+ community and the intersex community and will promote intersectional, feminist and trans-inclusive values.