The World's First Vagina Museum Is Coming To London
Plans for a world-first museum dedicated to the female reproductive anatomy are underway in London, UK.
One of the museum's founders, Florence Schechter, came up with the idea in 2017 after hearing about Iceland's Phallological Museum which features wall-to-wall displays of hundreds of animal penises.
Schechter decided it was high time to shine the spotlight on female genitalia and so the concept behind the Vagina Museum was born.
But it's not just about keeping up with the boys, as it were.
By creating a safe space to educate people -- young, old, male, female -- about everything from the history of period products to "art of the mighty vulva," Schechter and her team aim to dispell the age-old taboo attached to 'lady bits.'
"It's really important because it's a hugely stigmatised part of the body and that leads to some real-world consequences," she told the UK's Mirror.
The Vagina Museum has been given the green light to set up shop in a space at London's famous Camden Markets and is currently crowd-funding to get the build underway.
To date, the team had raised $65,000 (about £35,700) of their $236,000 (£130k) goal.
How's this -- those who donate are in for the chance to win a knitted clitoris.
In March, a group of "vulva volunteers" -- dressed in anatomically-accurate costumes, of course -- hit the streets of Camden to raise awareness for their cause.
Once the museum is up and running Schechter plans to hold workshops, talks and social events to address sensitive issues like female genital mutilation, rape, domestic abuse and sexual health.
Visitors will be able to nibble on vulva cupcakes and sip 'vagacchino' coffees as well as browse the gift shop for official Vagina Museum merch, feminist books, jewellery and "all wonderful things vag-related".
Child-friendly programs for schools and families will also be offered to help kids and their carers feel more comfortable talking about female genitals from an early age.
"Just anything and everything that's taboo with that part of the body is what we're going to be addressing," Schechter said.
According to the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation, 43 percent of women are not having regular Cervical Screening Tests (previously known as Pap Tests.)
Almost half of women the ACCF surveyed admitted that "emotional discomfort" such as awkwardness or embarrassment was the reason they put off their tests.
In contrast, physical discomfort was the reason given by just under a third of women.
Feature image: Instagram/@vagina_museum.