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Clown World news: gender inequality of stuffed animals

More news from Clown World, and again, from London. We previously published an article about genderless penguins from an aquarium. Well, now it's the turn of another serious problem afflicting the West: gender inequality of stuffed animals.

One study has criticized the lack of gender parity in stuffed animals in natural history museums. "If the females are overlooked, we do not get a complete picture of life," lamented one of the authors of the investigation, Natalie Cooper, from the Museum of Natural History in London, according to a report by the news agency AFP.

"We had already suspected that we would find some preference for males," Cooper said. "Because science is made by humans - and people bring a deep-rooted preference for male beings." According to the analysis of nearly 2.5 million exhibits in natural history museums in London, Paris, New York, Washington and Chicago has revealed that only 40 percent the birds exhibited there were female.

Alarming was for the authors of the survey, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, especially the low female content of stuffed sparrows (just under ten percent), bats (also just under ten percent) and sheep and weasels (24 percent each). In the future, the museums would have to become aware of the traditional stereotypes and shape their collections in a balanced way, the authors demanded. This will increase the credibility of research and knowledge about biodiversity.

An ignored, but logical explanation
Natalie Cooper spreads the false idea of gender inequality as a result of the bias of scientific researchers, predominantly male, leaving aside well known factors that have nothing to do with any sexist behaviour.

The Smithsonian Magazine recently published an article about this topic and there it says that scientists attribute this surprising sex bias to an array of factors, including male mammals’ typically larger size, herd distribution, sex-specific geographic ranges, individual animal behavior and human collecting preferences.

A study centered on an analysis of 95 sets of mammoth remains, for example, found that 69 percent of featured specimens were male—a trend explained not by unequal sex ratios at birth, but by male mammoth behavior. Separated from matriarchal herds, male mammoths and bison often engaged in risky activities with high mortality rates.

Human collection habits also contribute to museums’ skewed sex ratios. The hunters who donate animal specimens largely target males, as they are larger, boast showy features such as horns and manes, and—unlike mammal mothers—are not responsible for ensuring offspring’s welfare.

Of course, these factors are ignored by the "researcher" Natalie Cooper.

An obsession with males
The first indicator that something isn't okay with a person is when they publicly state their pronouns. That shows right from the beginning that their obsession with correction and identity politics will be present in some way in their professional work.

However, what is more interesting about this researcher is her obsession against males. Here a small sample of some of her tweets:

Studie: Zu wenig ausgestopfte Weibchen in Naturkundemuseen (Junge Freiheit)

Photo: picture alliance/Artyom Geodakyan/TASS/dpa/Twitter

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