Vagina Museum's woke gender-neutral 'crash course' on ovarian cancer
Vagina Museum sparks outrage with woke gender-neutral ‘crash course’ on ovarian cancer – which states ‘most people’ who get disease are women
- Social media users accused the Vagina Museum of ‘belittling’ women
- Only biological women can get disease because men are not born with ovaries
Britain’s Vagina Museum has sparked outrage by posting a woke, gender-neutral ‘crash course’ on ovarian cancer.
It said on Twitter ‘most people’ who get the disease are women.
Social media users quickly tore into the post, accusing the museum of ‘belittling’ women and being ‘immensely disrespectful’.
Only biological women can get ovarian cancer because men are not born with the organs.
Trans men can be diagnosed, unless they undergo surgery to remove them.
The Vagina Museum, which opened in 2019, is currently looking for a new home. Its site in Bethnal Green closed at the start of February, after the landlords asked the museum to vacate. Exhibits over the years have included ‘Muff Busters: Vagina Myths and How To Fight Them’, which have adorned the walls alongside giant glittery red tampons, menstrual cups and vagina-themed bunting
Britain’s Vagina Museum has sparked outrage by posting a woke, gender-neutral ‘crash course’ on ovarian cancer. It said on Twitter ‘most people’ who get the disease are women
Similar woke advice is already peddled by the NHS, with advice pages on ovarian, womb and cervix cancers having the word ‘women’ removed from them.
The Vagina Museum’s Twitter thread, posted earlier this week, said: ‘We’re going to give you a crash course in ovarian cancer awareness.
‘Each Wednesday we’ll be updating this to discuss topics including the basics of ovarian cancer; symptoms; causes; risk factors; diagnosis and treatment; and myth-busting.
‘Throughout this thread we will be using gender neutral language.
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‘While most people who get ovarian cancer are women, it can affect anyone with ovaries, including trans men, non-binary people and intersex people who have ovaries.’
The Vagina Museum, the world’s only museum of its kind, had to turn off replies to the thread.
It said: ‘Some individuals are determined to derail this thread about ovarian cancer awareness with their ideological beliefs.’
One user said: ‘My dad’s never been checked for ovaries, where does he go to find out if he has them?’
Heather Buell said: ‘Only females can get ovarian cancer.’
Another added: ‘This is a serious topic affecting women. As such the language used needs to be clear, factual and accessible.’
One said: ‘The common denominator here is all that are mentioned are biologically the same, regardless of their gender identity.’
Around 7,500 new ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed in the UK each year, with up to 20,000 in the US.
No clear figures exist on how many of the cases are in trans men.
Here are some examples of the woke language changes that have engulfed NHS communications. Some of these examples have been taken from national NHS communications while others are used by individual hospitals
The old version of the NHS ovarian cancer page as of December 30 2021 (left) mentions women specifically twice, whereas the new version (right) omits them
It comes after NHS chiefs were last week urged to start using ‘women’ and ‘woman’ again on health pages online.
Ministers, including ex-Health Secretary Sajid Javid, had pledged to crackdown on the practice — but action has yet to be taken.
Experts have long warned that de-gendering medical advice could be dangerous for women by over-complicating vital health messaging.
The Vagina Museum, which opened in 2019, is currently looking for a new home.
Its site in Bethnal Green closed at the start of February, after the landlords asked the museum to vacate.
Exhibits over the years have included ‘Muff Busters: Vagina Myths and How To Fight Them’, which have adorned the walls alongside giant glittery red tampons, menstrual cups and vagina-themed bunting.
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