Last year, a man named Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe— former Google diversity chief, clear supporter of women’s history, and ostensible all-around stand-up guy— proposed a plan to build “the first women’s museum in the UK.” The museum was slated to be a celebration of women from London’s East End, and received a green light (and funding) from a London borough council for its creation.
Huzzah! A great step towards the long-overdue acknowledgement of the role of women in all aspects of history, right? RIGHT?
Except that that wasn’t what the museum turned out to be. At all. Instead, the museum, which opens next week, was revealed as a space devoted to the history of Jack the Ripper. Yup, a museum about women turned out to be a museum about a dude who murdered a bunch of women.
Uh oh. Strap in.
As proposed, the “Museum of Women’s History” promised to “retell the story of the East End through the eyes, voices, experiences and actions” of women from the area, chronicling their contributions to local and larger history. But apparently Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe couldn’t find any of those. Or, you know, got bored. Or was just terrible. According to Palmer-Edgejerk,
We did plan to do a museum about social history of women but as the project developed we decided a more interesting angle was from the perspective of the victims of Jack the Ripper.
OH REALLY? You wanted to talk about women but decided the better angle was to talk about women murdered by an anonymous man who super hated women? So he TOTALLY wanted to tell women’s stories, but the only stories he found worth telling were those of poor women, mostly prostitutes, and how they were brutally murdered by a man? Good to know we women can still do one thing to make sure we’re considered history-worthy. We just have to fall victim to a centuries-old, sensationalized anonymous male murderer!
Oh course, Palmer-Assface says that’s not it at all. It’s not about what the man did. It’s about what the women did to put themselves in that situation. Duh.
It is absolutely not celebrating the crime of Jack the Ripper but looking at why and how the women got in that situation in the first place.Which is funny, cause from where we’re standing, it sure does look like it’s celebrating Jack the Ripper. Photo via.
Despite this clear bullshittery and locals coming out saying they feel “hoodwinked,” the Tower Hamlets council says that at this point there’s nothing they can do. So in short, the TL;DR of it all basically boils down to a big old:
Via the Evening Standard.