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Vagina Museum sparks outrage with 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 the disease because men don’t have ovaries

Britain’s Vagina Museum has sparked outrage by posting a woke, gender-neutral ‘crash course’ on ovarian cancer.

It said on Twitter that ‘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 ovaries.

Trans men can be diagnosed unless they have had surgery to remove their ovaries. 

The Vagina Museum, which opened in 2019, is looking for a new home after the landlord of its Bethnal Green venue asked it to leave at the start of February

The Vagina Museum, which opened in 2019, is looking for a new home after the landlord of its Bethnal Green venue asked it to leave at the start of February 

Britain's Vagina Museum has sparked outrage by posting a woke, gender-neutral 'crash course' on ovarian cancer. It said on Twitter that 'most people' who get the disease are women

Britain’s Vagina Museum has sparked outrage by posting a woke, gender-neutral ‘crash course’ on ovarian cancer. It said on Twitter that ‘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. 

‘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, which is based in Bethnal Green, east London, and is 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 insisted: ‘Only females can get ovarian cancer.’ 

A third respondent added: ‘This is a serious topic affecting women. As such the language used needs to be clear, factual and accessible.’

Another said: ‘The common denominator here is all that are mentioned are biologically the same, regardless of their gender identity.’

Around 7,500 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 among trans men. 

Examples of the woke language changes that have engulfed NHS communications

Examples of the woke language changes that have engulfed NHS communications

NHS ovarian cancer page in December 2021, featuring two mentions of women

The new page, updated in January, omits the word women

The old version of the NHS ovarian cancer page on December 30, 2021, (left) mentions women specifically three times, whereas the new version (right) omits them 

It comes after NHS chiefs were urged last week to start using ‘women’ and ‘woman’ again on health pages online. 

Ministers including former health secretary Sajid Javid had pledged to crack down on the practice — but action has yet to be taken.

Experts have long warned that degendering medical advice could be dangerous for women by over-complicating vital health messaging. 

The Vagina Museum, which opened in 2019, is looking for a new home after the landlord of its Bethnal Green venue asked it to leave at the start of February.

Exhibitions over the years have included ‘Muff Busters: Vagina Myths and How To Fight Them’, displaying giant glittery red tampons, menstrual cups and vagina-themed bunting. 

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