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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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I would think this largely depends on what you are growing the trees/flowers for. I have been searching for a male possumhaw for going on a year. Only female possumhaws are sold because they produce the beautiful red berries in fall/winter—as king as they have a male to fertilize them.

Everyone buys the females increasing their demand and no one buys the males because they don’t produce berries and are essentially used as a stud in the plant world.

I do think ascribing this to sexism is a little... obnoxious. If we ONLY had female producing trees you could also make the argument that people are commoditizing the female tree for its fruits. The point being that applying human oppression to plants just doesn’t make sense.

This IS a good argument about how humans utilizing nature to control aesthetics often goes awry. I hope we will move towards more ecologically friendly gardening in city scape which means moving away from something just because it appeals to us and moving towards sustainable native plants that are both male and female.