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Imagine if Montreal promised to open a museum of women's history, and instead dedicated it to Marc Lépine.
Something similar has happened in London. A museum that was promised to be “the only dedicated resource in the East End to women’s history” opened last week, opened to reveal this:
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A document sent by the museum's architects to Tower Hamlets council last summer, to get permission to convert an empty Victorian shop into a museum, "included pictures of suffragettes and equal pay campaigners and designs for a museum called the Museum of Women’s History," reports the Guardian.
Instead, they got a place dedicated to an anonymous serial killer who targeted women sex workers and mutilated their reproductive organs.
The businessman behind the tourist trap, Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe, told the Standard:
“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. 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.”
And what, exactly, is that supposed to mean? More shockingly, the Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe quoted is a diversity and corporate social responsibility expert who has worked with Google, Barclays, and the Global Diversity List, (associated with The Economist).
His LinkedIn profile reads, "I am passionate about all aspects of diversity and corporate social responsibility and believe that all individuals should have the opportunity to fulfil their potential. For me diversity and CSR are key business issues that I am adept in utilising to add financial, commercial and reputational benefits to organisations - as well as creating a great company for employees and customers."
He also mentions that he was voted to the top 25 most influential LGBT people Globally by the World Pride / Guardian Powerlist in 2012, and that he is the Chairman of Board of Trustees at The Inclusive Foundation "a UK based Charitable Foundation aimed at helping young people to realise their full potential."
Is this really the same person? What the hell is going on over there?
(Thanks to Patrick for the tip)