From prehistoric Venus figurines to Gustave Courbet to Georgia O’Keeffe, the vulva has made appearances in art and literature for centuries.

In this illuminating conversation, science communicator and comedian Florence Schechter and academic Prof. Emma Rees discuss the history of vulvas and vaginas in art and how it speaks to society’s changing perspective on women and gender roles.

Schechter is the creator of the Vagina Museum, a pop-up museum dedicated to vaginas, vulvas, and the gynaecological anatomy, and Rees is the author of The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History, which examines the paradox of female genitalia in literature, film, television, and art.

About The Speakers

Emma Rees

Emma Rees is Professor of Literature and Gender Studies at the University of Chester, and Director of the Institute of Gender Studies. She has written extensively in the field of gender and representation, and her most recent book, The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History (Bloomsbury) came out in paperback early in 2015.

Florence Schechter

Florence Schechter is the Director of the Vagina Museum which she founded in 2017 when she discovered there was a penis museum in Iceland but no vagina equivalent anywhere in the World. She has also won the Women of the Future Award in the arts and culture category for her work.