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Subject:Whitechapel "Women's History Museum" scam
Time:11:20 am
I heard about this from a friend a few days ago, then received an email about it today. Someone got planning permission to set up a museum of "Women's history" in Whitechapel then opened it as a Jack the Ripper gore-fest. There's a petition to get it closed or force the owners to repurpose it:
A new museum gained planning permission by promising ‘the only dedicated resource in the East End to women’s history’, but has now been unveiled as a venue dedicated to the violent crimes of Jack the Ripper

Originally billed as a celebration of East London women and the suffragettes this museum now celebrates the life of the serial killer who viciously murdered women across London's East End, from 1888 and 1891.

The original application for the museum said: “The museum will recognise and celebrate the women of the East End who have shaped history, telling the story of how they have been instrumental in changing society. It will analyse the social, political and domestic experience from the Victorian period to the present day.”

The document cited the closure of the local Whitechapel’s Women’s Library in 2013 to stress that the “Museum of Women’s History”, as it was billed, would be “the only dedicated resource in the East End to women’s history”.

Now we are faced with a museum that celebrates gory violence against women.

The founder (a former Head of Diversity at Google) claims "It is not celebrating the crimes of Jack the Ripper but looking at why and how the women got in that situation in the first place”. This victim blaming attitude is unacceptable and cannot be condoned.

The petition against it is here - please spread the word

http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/celebrate-suffragettes-not-serial-killers
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hotfoot_jackson
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Time:2015-08-15 02:53 pm (UTC)
Signed. As a museum professional I found this utterly disgraceful, not just sensationalist but downright dishonest, those involved should frankly be prosecuted for fraud.
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curiouswombat
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Time:2015-08-15 02:54 pm (UTC)
I read an article about it a few days ago, can't remember where, and it made me want to spit nails. I'm really glad 38degrees have set up the petition and have been and signed.
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skipp_of_ark
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Time:2015-08-19 10:46 am (UTC)
Jesus. American here, don't know if it would do any good for me to sign the petition, but that is despicable, both in the bait and switch and the victim-blaming. Poor taste and sexist double standards, it would seem, recognize no national boundaries in the English-speaking world.
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Heather McCrillis
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Time:2015-08-25 12:55 am (UTC)
Signed. Well, that's going to help with fundraising in the future. :p
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