Never been that interested in animals, but an observational interest in birds has led to paying more attention to the stuffed bird collection than the other animals when visiting museums.
The dusty museum exhibits have been there for years, decades have passed and its stuffed inmates are sitting there, immortaslised, posed, constantly objectified, gawped at in glass cabinets. The derogatory terms used to describe women are akin to the way describe birds, on display, fanning their feathers to attract opposite sex...
The exhibits, birds, using metaphorically to point out how they mimic the stereotypical terms used to describe women. Stereotyping, sexism is everywhere, seemingly light hearted, but derogatory, demeaning nontheless. So lets feed the birds with pastiche, a parody on femininity – See the character in that pose, taxidermy objectifes the dead creature, decide how to preserve it's form, represent the species, where goes the gaze?
Think of representations of women in print media, fashion, magazines etc... Why stuffed in that pose? The gaze, the glass case reflection of being looked at for decades. Forever dead. Someone though how that bird should be stuffed? Pretty little thing, all wide eyed and legs akimbo! Shaking your tail feather! Cock of the North!
Terminology – representation – description