The Highlights from 5 October 2011

In recognition of its significant contribution to the preservation of cultural treasures and technologies, the Museum of Contraception and Abortion was included in the Excellence Club – The Best in Heritage by the European Heritage Association.





“What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence,” was a famous statement by philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. In our case, it would make sense to add, “or speak about in euphemisms.” Behind seemingly innocent terms such as ‘Sicherheits-Ovula’ (safety ovula), ‘Frauendusche’ (lady’s shower) or ‘weibliche Störungen’ (female irregulatities) contraceptives and the services of illegal abortionists were hidden. Read more about such verbal camouflage and euphemism on http://en.muvs.org/.

 

Contraception methods developed over the centuries are just as much part of our civilisation’s techniques as the baking of bread, measurement of time and hygiene. In recognition of its significant contribution to the preservation of cultural treasures and technologies, the Museum of Contraception and Abortion was included in the Excellence Club – The Best in Heritage by the European Heritage Association. Read Dr Christian Fiala’s address entitled “The Struggle for Fertility Control” in the current Highlight: http://en.muvs.org/.

 

Visit the Museum for Contraception and Abortion (MUVS), Mariahilfer Gürtel 37, 1150 Vienna, open Wednesday to Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m., or visit our website on en.muvs.org and our facebooksite http://www.facebook.com/eMUVS.