The Science Museum has removed a trans-inclusive display after complaints that it was pushing propaganda and disregarding biology.
According to The Telegraph:
A cabinet titled Boy Or Girl? displayed quotes describing the transition from the “wrong body” as a “hero’s journey”, and labels characterising gender as something “difficult to define” which “may not match your biological sex”.
The display which featured a fake penis and chest-binding equipment has been taken down by the museum following complaints the information provided was “not science, but propaganda”.
Complaints were lodged by Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, who wrote to the museum’s chairman Sir Ian Blatchford to argue that the display “promotes social and medical transition in a way that is not neutral”.
The controversial Boy Or Girl? cabinet stands in the Who Am I? gallery, which covers various aspects of biological identity from genetics to facial expressions.
The now-empty cabinet displayed a fake penis to be worn under clothing as a “packer” to provide a male appearance, as well as a compression vest to flatten the chest. Testosterone patches worn to induce bodily changes through hormone treatment were also displayed.
The display also includes an information panel which states that “sex usually refers to someone’s biological characteristics”, whereas “gender is more difficult to define”.
The panel continued: “Your gender identity is our sense of yourself as male or female, or, for some people neither or both. It may not match your biological sex.”
The cabinet also included testimony from a transgender person named “Alex”, whose displayed quotes state they knew they were born “in the wrong body” – a concept trans campaigners like Mermaids themselves have moved away from – and that addressing this “wrong body” is a “hero’s journey”.
The Telegraph previously revealed that this display was not deemed to go far enough by some visitors, who complained that it made no direct mention of “transgender”, and the Science Museum agreed to review the display as a matter of “inclusion”.
However, conflicting complaints were made by Baroness Nicholson, who wrote that educational material needed to be “age-appropriate and evidence-based”, and argued that the fake penis and chest binding exhibits were not.
The Science Museum has confirmed that the display has been taken down “as part of ongoing work to review displays across the museum to ensure they reflect current scientific research”.