Yes, there's actually a Vagina Museum. Located in London's Camden Market, the Vagina Museum is the world’s first bricks and mortar museum dedicated to vaginas, vulvas, and gynecological anatomy. We have a vision of a world where no one is ashamed of their bodies, everyone has bodily autonomy, and all of humanity works together to build a society that is free and equal. This is our podcast. Spoiler alert, it's about vaginas.
In the first season of our podcast, you'll get six episodes that take you deep into the past and present of the vagina.
Ever hear of yoni steaming? We investigated its history. Like saying the word c**t? We’ve got a whole episode about it. Ever wondered if there were any transgender saints from the medieval ages? We’ve got the story. Merkins? Check. Placenta? Check. Desperate to know the real story of the vibrator’s invention? We’ve got you.
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Trans Saints and Gay Vikings: Notes on Queering the Past
“Queer people and trans people have always existed and we will always exist.” In this episode, we’re exploring trans and gender-nonconforming saints, gods, and everyday people from the ancient and medieval past (and why their stories are so relevant to the present). Our guides on this journey are Dr Jonah Coman, a historian of medieval queer history and trans theology, and Amy Jefford Franks, a historian of Viking age religion and queerness. Notes & transcript: tinyurl.com/vmpod6
On Eating Your Placenta
As you may know, some people advocate for eating one’s placenta after the birth of a child. The placenta can–according to proponents of the practice–be steamed, stir-fried, blended in a smoothie, or dried and encapsulated in pills. A whole host of benefits have been claimed, as has an ancient and global precedent. In this episode, we look for historical evidence of human “placentophagy” and ask scientific and medical experts to weigh in on the trend. Sources/Transcript: tinyurl.com/vm-placenta
The Myth of the Victorian Vibrator
People with clitorises have been solo paddling the pink canoe since perhaps even before actual canoes were invented. Early on they invented tools to ease their burden. The greatest of these, the vibrator, has a wild origin story concerning Victorian doctors...which unfortunately isn’t true. In this episode, we explore the true history of the vibrator with historian Dr Fern Riddell...and its future with the owners of the Glasgow sex shop Luke + Jack. Sources & transcript: tinyurl.com/vagina6
Muff Busters: Vagina Myths (Part III)
Coming to you from lockdown in London, this is Part III of a special mini-series on vagina myths! In this episode, we bust some myths around hygiene.
Muff Busters: Vagina Myths (Part II)
Coming to you from lockdown in London, this is Part II of a special mini-series on vagina myths! In this episode, we bust some myths around contraception and pregnancy.
Muff Busters: Vagina Myths (Part I)
Coming to you from lockdown in London, this is Part I of a special mini-series on vagina myths! Myths busted in this episode: 1. It's called a "vagina." 2. If you have a vagina then you are a woman. 3. The clitoris is impossible to find. 4. If you have lots of penetrative sex your vagina will get loose and your labia will get longer. (ALL FALSE). Please visit our website or social media sites to learn how you can help us survive COVID-19 and continue our mission.
This podcast is very informative and covers a wide range of topics. They discuss historical hygiene practices for people with vaginas, vagina-inspired art, terminology through the ages, and everything in between. The hosts spend a lot of time busting vagina myths as well! If you want to know more about vaginas, this is the podcast for you!
They achieve their goal of being inclusive while still encouraging proven hygiene practices. The hosts are fun to listen to and not condescending at all.
Some reviews dislike the second episode since it discusses vaginal steaming. The podcast mentions how this is a phenomenon through time and around the world, but it is an antiquated and potentially dangerous practice. They discuss the reasons why and mention what you can do to feel and be cleaner. Some reviewers think they degraded the practice and other cultures. I don’t believe that is the case. They definitely discouraged some practices since they are not scientifically proven to be helpful and in some cases have been proven to be harmful.
I see it like someone telling me to burn my hair to get rid of the split ends. Sure it might work but I could make things worse or get seriously hurt in the process.
Poorly researched, misinformation, “fake news”
Sorry not sorry - what a shame! This could have been a very interesting and informative podcast about a common traditional medicinal practice used in many cultures throughout history up to the present day.
Instead we get vitriol, sarcasm, superiority, racism, limited mainstream medical model viewpoints and disparagement of anyone who may want to look beyond that to take care of their feminine organs.
Just don’t bother.
While the people doing this podcast may like to think that they are doing their best to share researched advice to people with vaginas, their ignorance is palpable. Why on earth would you interview someone, and share a podcast labeled as Vaginal Steaming to only have an MD on there bashing what they say? The interviewers have the audacity to state how women who promote vaginal steaming and other “non medically sound” practices are exploiting the market of people who have reproductive related ailments, but yet what has the medical profession done for women with reproductive issues? Give them artificial hormones, cut their organs out or absolutely nothing. That Dr. Is clearly coming at the thought of Vaginal Steaming with her narrow vision of western medicine and has absolutely no business offering her advice on this topic.
Just because research is limited (people studying traditional wisdom can not afford the biased studies of pharmaceutical companies) does not mean these practices do not offer benefits.
Also, the interviewer clearly states that they have a tilted uterus but then scoffs at the idea of the wandering womb. Perhaps you need to broaden your idea of what wandering means, because your womb, has wandered, and what has your trusty OB offered for that?
I do believe that the list of benefits may have been a bit overkill, and I do also believe in the uterus being a self cleaning organ. But if your uterus is tilted in any way, it CAN NOT properly self clean and can cause symptoms that one may not even relate to their reproductive health.
If you are someone who does not like to think for yourself and who only listens to what the person in the white coat thinks is good for you, then this podcast is for you.