It was nothing new to Madame Cholet but Bungo learned a lot.
A 15-strong WBD team spread across the firm's London and Newcastle offices has acted pro bono to find
the clitoris new premises for the world’s first museum dedicated to vulvas.
The Vagina Museum opened in Camden Market in 2019 with a mission to tackle taboos surrounding women's bodies, but was forced to relocate to Camden and then again after its property guardianship ended.
Thanks to the Wombles, it has now reopened in a larger location in Bethnal Green after the firm secured the lease to the new property.
WBD associate Nazmin Akthar said, "We are all thrilled that this deal was able to complete smoothly and we have been able to help the Vagina Museum and ensure this critically important cultural spot can continue operations.”
Founded by Florence Schechter, the museum stages exhbitions such as Muff Busters: Vagina Myths and How to Fight Them, alongside a collection of menstrual cups, tampons, artworks depicting female anatomy and even Schechter’s own underwear, displayed to show the normality of vaginal discharge.
There were some objections from scandalised locals when the museum opened, but the main source of controversy has arisen from the museum’s refusal to describe vaginas as a body part exclusive to women, so as not to alienate females who identify as men.
As part of its opposition to gender critical people, who believe that trans-identified females are also women, the museum now sells “PROTECTION FROM TERFS” stickers in its gift shop which it promises will “slay the TERFs away”.*
But not Wombles. Zoe Williams, head of communications and fundraising at the Vagina Museum, said, "We couldn't have reopened without the help from Womble Bond Dickinson. As a charity, we have very limited financial resources at our disposal, and wouldn't have known where to start. Thanks to the kind and practical pro bono support we received, we reopened last week, and almost 1000 people have already visited".
*Incidentally, Wombles also has a gift shop.