Woman reading while striking a typewriter key, 1920s. The typewriter-girl gave rise to a new cultural fascination with gendered roles, with how well those roles became firmly and strictly adhered to, and how they became deeply conflicting and problematical. The typewriter embodies the muddying of concrete gender roles: the “masculinity” associated with the realm of business, financial independence, and continuous labour becomes integral to the typewriter-girl’s cultural significance.
The secretary bird is the only bird of prey who does more walking than flying, up to 20 miles a day. With very large, broad wings, secretary birds are also strong fliers and use thermal air currents to rise and soar. When hunting, they stamp on the ground to flush out small animals, then run in a zigzag pattern, flapping their wings to confuse their prey. Endemic to Africa, it is usually found in the open grasslands and savannah of the sub-Sahara