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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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[–] SarahTheGreen 2 points (+2|-0)

The trees where I am don't normally have fruit and I have no idea what sex the deciduous trees are. The spruce are hermaphrodites monoecious, with female cones at the top and male cones at the bottom.

With the rise of permaculture, female fruit-bearing trees may come into fashion. I mean, why grow anything that isn't edible when you can grow something edible?

Also, I was wondering how you know the sex of a sapling, but if they're mostly clones, that would explain it. Could we not clone trees? Could we just go with native species? Maybe transplant saplings from the wild or from farms weeding out saplings to encourage genetic diversity?