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Today’s hot topic: Sex and the museum


THE world’s leading natural history museums, including the one in London, are accused of being sexist because they have more male than female specimens in their collections. 

Researchers who combed through two million exhibits found that male birds outnumbered females by 60 per cent to 40 per cent, while mammals were 52 per cent male to 48 per cent female (where have I heard that 52 to 48 per cent is not a majority?)

Should the scientists who want to redress the balance go out and shoot additional female creatures? Is there any area of life free from meaningless retrospective accusations of ‘isms’ and ‘phobias’? Discuss!

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