She was so worried she made her Mum take her to a doctor to explore the option of surgery. Kathy, now 18, is part of a new pilot study aimed at understanding why a growing number of Australian girls, as young as 11, are seeking cosmetic surgery on their otherwise normal genitals. While the research study is still in its early stages, with eleven interviews so far, Ms Barnard says those she has spoken to had little sense at the time of what a normal vulva looked like. And that uncertainty can sometimes begin with their mothers. None of them was abnormal.
More surprising to visitors might be the statistics and facts displayed in the museum. For curator Creed, who has 10 years of experience in museums in the U. It has a rich events program planned, ranging from plays about enjoying sex while living with the medical condition of vaginismus, to a dinner in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance, an internationally-observed day each year in memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. Creed says there has already been interest from several schools about visits. Given that the number of people attending cervical cancer screenings has hit a year-low in the U. Yet in the s and s before the widespread availability of contraception, particularly in the U. That awareness of and commitment to promoting social justice issues is a conversation several historic museums are grappling with, evident during a controversial international debate around the definition of museums in September. The Vagina Museum, along with several other museums in the U. Write to Suyin Haynes at suyin. World U.
Lots of women have.
One of the most consistent corrections HuffPost Women gets comes any time one of our writers uses the word "vagina" to refer to a woman's entire genital area, as opposed to the more anatomically accurate "vulva. Look, we get it. There is a difference between the vagina and the vulva and indeedy, loyal readers, we know what it is.
F irst things first: the documentary Vaginas Channel 4 was not about vaginas — it was about vulvas. They were photographed up close and personal by the artist Laura Dodsworth with their owners invited to sit, look and talk about them afterwards as part of a project that follows on from similar ones she has done involving breasts and penises separately, for the avoidance of doubt. Presumably the powers that be thought calling it Vulvas would lead too many unsuspecting viewers to settle down in anticipation of a programme about the history of Swedish engineering. It was not.