Visit the Women’s Museum in Aarhus!
Imagine a workplace lead only by women employing only women offering insights in the history of women’s life focusing on the feminists’ and LGBTIQA+ movement following them on their way to equality. If you think this is just some kind of computer simulation or it can happen only in sci-fi movies, you are wrong! Welcome to the Women’s Museum (Kvindemuseet) in Aarhus, Denmark.
All started in 1982. The founders summorized their vision in the first museum’s folder: “Aside from leading generations onward, women’s work has often taken a perishable or transient form. To build a museum on women’s lives is also to search after them, because as a rule they have been consumed—worn out and eaten up. In the same way, it has been the spoken word more than the written one that has transmitted women’s knowledge and traditions between generations. To inquire about women’s lives, then, is also to ask people about them, people who so easy are made to shut up!”
At present there are not only permanent exhibitions providing the visitors with knowledge on the history of the women’s live specifically in Denmark but also internationally. However, the museum today doesn’t concentrate only on women’s topics distinguishing between “traditional” gender roles division, but it rather acknowledges that the biological sexes are not decisive in the question of gender roles and equality. Moreover they see the formation and development of genders as a social construct. In this regard, there has been a new permanent exhibition introduced in 2016 – Gender Blender .
With Gender Blender the museum examines the history of gender and gender culture. During the exhibition the visitors have the opportunity to explore the role of genders and their impact in our society throughout time. The purpose of the exhibition is to encourage visitors to think about questions like: What is gender equality? What does ‘queer’ mean? What is normal? How do I feel about my body? What does it matter if I was born male – or female? Does it matter at all?
Gender Blender tries to point out that in today’s modern society the boundaries between genders are slowly breaking down, the traditional view of gender roles vanishes. More fluid view on gender is taking over which is also demonstrated by showing the visitors the gender spectrum with all kind of different genders. Apart from this, one part of the exhibition is dedicated to body positivity, which is finally becoming the leading value within our society.
Body positivity movement addresses the acceptance of all bodies regardless their form, size or appearance. Through the spread of the ideas of body positivity, the movement tries to fight against the unrealistic beauty standards that are prevailing in our society which are putting enormous pressure especially on the young generation regardless their gender identities.
To other current exhibitions in the Women’s Museum in Aarhus are Girls’ and boys’ stories, Sex education through time or The forgotten triumph (telling the story of the forgotten football World Cup 1971, when the Danish women football team won the gold medal).
With the following video we are inviting you to find out more about the Women’s museum and/or research on other museums with a similar theme! So … when there will be an actual women’s museum in Slovenia?