have we talked about how cities plant only male trees and there aren't enough female trees to trap pollen and that's one of the reasons everyone's allergies have been getting worse— Jessica Price (@Delafina777) January 6, 2020
why are you sneezing? tree sexism
reality continues to be more absurd than fiction https://t.co/8GZb1yAaSp
Yes, it's true, cities have been planting only male trees. All this time I had thought that the increase in pollen in the air to the point that it coats the car and is giving even people who never had them before allergies was due to global warming. While that still may have been a factor, the biggest reason was apparently that cities think female trees "litter" too much with seed pods and stuff and they didn't fucking think ahead.
Like, I am not making this shit up. https://t.co/s789Qqh01c— Jessica Price (@Delafina777) January 6, 2020
Arborists often claim that all-male plants are “litter-free” because they shed no messy seeds, fruits or pods. In the 1949 USDA Yearbook of Agriculture, which focused on trees and forests, this advice was given to readers: “When used for street plantings, only male trees should be selected, to avoid the nuisance from the seed.” In the years following, the USDA produced and released into the market almost 100 new red maple and hybrid-maple-named clones (cultivars), and every single one of them was male.
Not just city planners, even. Arborists. The USDA. None of them considering where the fuck all the pollen from the "male" trees would go if there were no "female" trees around to suck that shit up.
So this wasn't the result of direct sexism, just another case of how humans fail to consider the ramifications of their fucking with nature all the goddamn time. However, Jessica Price does make the case that the idea of female trees being "messy" could still be tied to real human sexism. And she does it in a really funny way.
Like, do we want to talk about the parallels between the old Victorian idea of the "male" body as clean and the "female" body (menstruation and childbirth) as dirty and the idea of male trees (which jizz pollen on your car & nostrils) as "clean" and female trees as "littering."— Jessica Price (@Delafina777) January 6, 2020
I lost it at "jizz pollen on your car & nostrils."
Thank you, Jessica Price, for this comic relief in the middle of what was a generally very bad day.