An academic today warned the owners of a Jack the Ripper museum that a “women’s death brigade” was on its way to protest at it this weekend.
Dr Lisa Mckenzie, a research fellow at the London School of Economics, branded the museum sexist in its portrayal of women killed by the Ripper.
She said the owners could expect to be surrounded by up to 200 protesters while she will be in the ranks of the so-called Women’s Death Brigade, whose slogan is “f*** capitalism f*** patriarchy” .
And if the name sounds familiar, yes, she is indeed the same fragrant flower of femininity pictured at the recent ricekrispallnacht…
“It is pretty horrific and glorifies the events. There is also the issue of gentrification here. This museum is not at all helping the local community. “
Really? So it won’t be attracting tourists to the area, or employing local people, or paying rates?
”We do not want to force the museum to close down — just for it to become what we thought it was going to be and that is a celebration of the lives of women of the East End.”
‘We have to destroy the museum in order to save it…’
Still, at least the museum is, for once, refusing to be cowed:
The Jack the Ripper museum said it would be “business as usual” on Sunday and that staff and managers had been briefed by police. A planned counter-demonstration has been cancelled.
Museum spokesman Joshua Walker said: “I don’t see much logic behind Class War targeting a museum whose mission is to tell the story of East End women and to support locals. I think they believe that we are glorifying Jack the Ripper and thus the murder of women. Nothing could be further from the truth. The museum is a memorial and tribute to those women — women who for 127 years have had no voice.”
Expecting logic to have anything to do with it is an exercise in futility. As is expecting these harridans to care about any other voice than their own.
Scotland Yard said: “We will work with the organisers as appropriate and ensure an appropriate policing plan is in place.”
Well, so long as everything is suitably appropriate…