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Geez...we females are even underrepresented as a demographic in urban horticulture...at least when it comes to sexual diversity in planting trees.

An Atlas Obscura article (link below), orginally published in 2019 and titled "Botanical Sexism," * discusses the efforts of Tom Ogren, a horticulturist, to publicize the fact that, in the United States, almost all sexually dimorphic trees planted in urban settings are male, which has caused an overabundance of pollen....and, an overabundance of problems for humans subject to pollen allergies.

Ogren calls this phenomona "Botanical Sexism," although other horticuluralists disagree with the label, claiming that it trivializes the problems women face. Frankly, I like the label: it draws attention to the possibility of everyday male sexism, a sexism that relentlessly (and, sometimes, unconsciously) seems to create a heirarchy in which males always come out on top, or even create a female-free world in which males alone exist...in complete self-sufficiency.

Didn't know whether to post this in the Gardening Circle...or the Women's Heath Lounge Circle...or, of course, in Gender Critical (but, I get tired of posting in gender critical...I'm always posting there, and sometimes need a break).

https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/seasonal-allergies-blame-male-trees?utm_source=Atlas+Obscura+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=96f4cab8ea-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2021_04_05&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f36db9c480-96f4cab8ea-72883617&mc_cid=96f4cab8ea&mc_eid=4543485c14

*Atlas Obscura seems to be displaying a little "Terfiness" here...asserting an understanding that the sexual binary is real (at least among some, but not all trees), and that this understanding might be important to human health.

Geez...we females are even underrepresented as a demographic in urban horticulture...at least when it comes to sexual diversity in planting trees. An Atlas Obscura article (link below), orginally published in 2019 and titled "Botanical Sexism," * discusses the efforts of Tom Ogren, a horticulturist, to publicize the fact that, in the United States, almost all sexually dimorphic trees planted in urban settings are male, which has caused an overabundance of pollen....and, an overabundance of problems for humans subject to pollen allergies. Ogren calls this phenomona "Botanical Sexism," although other horticuluralists disagree with the label, claiming that it trivializes the problems women face. Frankly, I like the label: it draws attention to the possibility of everyday male sexism, a sexism that relentlessly (and, sometimes, unconsciously) seems to create a heirarchy in which males always come out on top, or even create a female-free world in which males alone exist...in complete self-sufficiency. Didn't know whether to post this in the Gardening Circle...or the Women's Heath Lounge Circle...or, of course, in Gender Critical (but, I get tired of posting in gender critical...I'm always posting there, and sometimes need a break). https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/seasonal-allergies-blame-male-trees?utm_source=Atlas+Obscura+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=96f4cab8ea-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2021_04_05&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f36db9c480-96f4cab8ea-72883617&mc_cid=96f4cab8ea&mc_eid=4543485c14 *Atlas Obscura seems to be displaying a little "Terfiness" here...asserting an understanding that the sexual binary is real (at least among some, but not all trees), and that this understanding might be important to human health.

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[–] [Deleted] 1 points (+2|-1)

I think the term botanical sexism is extremely silly. Most people don't even know what sex trees are and most trees have both male and female parts.

[–] Avadavat [OP] 6 points (+6|-0)

You are, of course, entitled to your own opinion. But your opinion does not address the point that Ogren makes...that most trees planted in urban settings are male...

[–] [Deleted] -1 points (+0|-1) Edited

How many of the trees planted are even single sex?

BTW, the sex binary is obviously real in trees, just because trees have both male and female parts doesn't mean they don't have only two sexes

[–] Mikkal 2 points (+2|-0) Edited

My parents bought a "male" tree specifically to have one that wouldn't littler their lawn with seed pods, they got a female one in error. It's totally a selling point/thing people really do.

Look at images of "sweet gum pods" to see why they don't want those in their yard... they hurt if you step on them. (I just checked - and it turns out the tree has both male/female flowers on it - but they were sold a "male" tree that "wouldn't litter seed pods" - pre-internet days to look those things up.)

[–] [Deleted] 1 points (+1|-0)

Well, yeah, some people definitely know about this but most people don't. I think it's similar to how people want hens instead of roosters because a hen will give them eggs. I don't think it's sexism