Thursday, May 30, 2013

Would you change your gender, if you could never change back again?

Who are you calling a sequential hermaphrodite?!
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Hello you wonderful person you. How are you doing? How's that cold? I recommend Vitamin C and a hot toddy. 

I know, I've been neglecting you lately. 

My work has been mentally busy (appropriate I guess) and I've been a bit of a writerly tart, slutting about in online mags instead of here.

Fear not, I'm back blathering on about vaginas and nature and toilets again.

On the subject of vaginas and nature and toilets, did you know that some creatures can start life as one sex and then change into another? It's called dichogamy, and those creatures are referred to as sequential hermaphrodites.

No I'm not about to confess some major life-changing decision.

Sequential hermaphrodites can be born either sex and change to the other, or have both sets of gonads but perform either female or male functions during different stages of life. Thank you Wikipedia.

How terrific would it be if humans were sequential hermaphrodites?

What would the impact be?

Most sequential hermaphrodites can only change once, so it would probably be an all-or-nothing deal. 

Would we all be men? Or all women?

What would be the advantages of changing?

Fellas, imagine how much more wardrobe space you'd need.

Gals, imagine not having to sit down to pee.

Imagine what a different movie Finding Nemo might have been if Marlin had behaved like a real male clownfish. Male clownfish stay in their anemone and change to female if a mate is lost, so they can attract another mate and continue making perfect little sequentially hermaphroditic offspring.

Nemo who?

Would you change your gender, if you could never change back again?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

While you weren't looking... I was talking about child safety, mental health and vaginas (AGAIN)

Hi everyone!

Well, not everyone, because not everyone reads my blog.

Hi lots of people!

Hi some people!

Hi a small number of people approximating 0.001% of the Australian population!

I've been busy lately, tarting around elsewhere.

For example, I had a bit of a rant about the lengths we may - or may not - want to go to in order to raise awareness of racism over at The Shake.

Also over at the Shake I talked about Eurovision and weird bearded contratenors in sparkly black dresses.  As you do.

Oh and Margaret Thatcher's vagina.

For a change of pace I was NOT talking about vaginas, and instead talked about Seasonal Affective Disorder at the Modern Woman's Survival Guide.

So please go wander, read, comment and generally enjoy more discussion of politics, female genitalia and mental health.

Not necessarily in that order.

As I typed this post it occurred to me that Blogger was highlighting "vaginas" as incorrectly spelled. I called bullshit on this on Twitter:

The answer is "vulvas" or "vulvae".

You're welcome.