Wednesday Vignette – Patriarchal Pollination

Given this past week’s hair raising, red state affirmation of restrictive, misogynistic enforcement in regards to women’s bodily autonomy, my blogger pal Becca over at FlowerAlley wrote a post that highlights the effects of the proposed wing-clipping of women residing in the fertile age bracket, and beyond. Last week’s shenanigans left me rather speechless… Leave it to say I have not felt this incredulous since I learned that insurance pays for Viagra more often than it pays for birth control. This is all SO, so wrong…!


First, I want to say that I don’t think there is such a thing as being “pro-abortion” – unless maybe if you’re an insurance bean counter figuring out how much you can charge for one. I know of NO ONE who has ever gotten pregnant so they could have an abortion. Conversely, I know of many who have had sex. Whether voluntary or not, sex is both requisite and precursor to pregnancy as well as abortion, so this observation brings up a gnarly truth; here, an ounce of prevention is worth a shitload of redemption. Yet, the same states signing these bills into law, are the ones that refuse a sex ed curriculum from being taught in school, and preach abstinence as the alternative. You just KNOW that’s a recipe for disaster. But, I digress…


Borrowed from the interwebs, courtesy of Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press.

I tend to think that humor and mockery is a worthy way of a) pointing out the ridiculousness of, and b) dealing with this nationwide onslaught of priggish adherence to medieval norms, so Becca’s brilliant analogy inspired an idea. Of course one should never generalize, but I’m guessing that anyone reading this blog on a regular basis is probably a fellow gardener. And, as gardeners often are, they are probably standing with both feet firmly rooted in a belief system that leans more toward maintaining our hard-fought female autonomy, and they know the value of planting the right plant in the right place – however and whenever they choose to create life – in wombs or in gardens.


I welcome you, dear commenters, to express your indignation in slogans (I say that in plural, because I’m sure our collective minds can come up with several catchy ones) that point out the sickening societal regression currently being signed into law in several states, shamelessly baiting for an eventual Supreme Court reevaluation of the 1973 federal, legislative landmark of women’s rights – Roe v. Wade. Below are a few results of our combined and rather indiscriminate brainstorming. Feel free to add to the list. So, have at it, friends – formulate your own, witty, venomous verbiage into thoughtful statements that suffocate the madness of our time with the healing grace of humor. Time is overdue for some indignation, and profoundly felt protesting. Let the brainstorm begin – for no other reason than that it should make us feel better, despite the bewildering situation. And heck – at some point, I might even make myself a t-shirt! (Obviously, some of these are terrible, but no matter – blurt it out now, and edit and refine later!)

  • Ovaries against Patriarchal Pollination
  • Flowers Against Forced Pollination
  • Buzz off!
  • Beware of Parasitoid WASPs!
  • Bees, not Bastards (Disclaimer: I can totally see how this one could be perceived as an undeserved poke at anyone born outside of the WASP sanctioned institution of marriage. It isn’t meant to be. In this context, the possibility is great that the same people that sponsor and pass these draconian laws are the ones who would pass such a judgement, and who ironically fulfill the alternate meaning of the word. Still, I can totally see it might be misconstrued.)
  • Birds, Bees, Blooms, Babes – not Bastards
  • Germination is the easy part
  • Not all that germinates is good
  • No stinger, no sting
  • Fly-by makes bye-bye
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Snagged from the Interwebs – not sure who is behind this one. Pretty much sums up how I feel, though.

Life begins at erection

EDITED to add this wonderful cartoon a friend sent me this morning. Perfectly sums up my sentiments!

About annamadeit

I was born and raised in Sweden, By now, I have lived almost as long in the United States. The path I’ve taken has been long and varied, and has given me a philosophical approach to life. I may joke that I’m a sybarite, but the truth is, I find joy and luxury in life’s simple things as well. My outlook on life has roots in a culture rich in history and tradition, and I care a great deal about environmental stewardship. Aesthetically, while drawn to the visually clean, functional practicality and sustainable solutions that are the hallmarks of modern Scandinavia, I also have a deep appreciation for the raw, the weathered, and the worn - materials that tell a story. To me, contrast, counterpoint, and diversity are what makes life interesting and engaging. Color has always informed everything I do. I’m a functional tetrachromat, and a hopeless plantoholic. I was originally trained as an architect working mostly on interiors, but soon ventured outside - into garden design. It’s that contrast thing again… An interior adrift from its exterior, is like a yin without a yang. My firm conviction that everything is connected gets me in trouble time and time again. The world is a big place, and full of marvelous distractions, and offers plentiful opportunities for inquiry and exploration. I started writing to quell my constant queries, explore my discoveries, and nurture my curiosity. The Creative Flux was started in 2010, and became a catch-all for all kinds of intersecting interests. The start of Flutter & Hum at the end of 2013 marks my descent into plant nerd revelry. I occasionally contribute to other blogs, but those two are my main ones. For sure, topics are all over the map, but then again - so am I! Welcome to my blogs!
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16 Responses to Wednesday Vignette – Patriarchal Pollination

  1. This is GREAT. You are a badass.

  2. Tina says:

    Great post, Anna! And I second Flower’s epithet of your badass-ness.

  3. hb says:

    Criminalizing abortion won’t stop it or even significantly reduce it. Women simply turn to illegal means. Worldwide, abortions are the most uncommon in countries where effective, safe contraception is easily available and affordable. Supported by decades of statistics, these are the facts. That is reality.

    The hopeful thing is seeing so many protests in favor of, yes,facts and reality. Hopefully all young women who will be most affected by this will get out and vote in 2020. Hard-fought-for rights must be fought for over and over again.

    • annamadeit says:

      Amen to that, HB! The US is so damn backwards and contrary in their put-on puritan approach. It drives me crazy! Focusing on education and prevention really does work. Last I checked, teen pregnancy and abortion in my other country, were WAY down. It is obvious it works. What’s going on here has nothing to do with actual solutions – it’s a shot at oppression, and keeping “women in their place”. It’s sickening.

      As for young voters – yes I hope with all my heart that they are paying attention, and angry enough to grab this bull by the nose ring and use their constitutional right to vote. Who knows, maybe that’s the next right to be targeted…?

  4. It’s all so infuriating. Will this be the fight that finally gets equal representation? I keep thinking of the image of all the white men who voted for the Alabama bill.

    My WV is just eye candy….

    • annamadeit says:

      One can hope… that woman governor who signed the damn bill is the image that’s stuck in my head. Unbelievable! She just threw her entire gender under the proverbial bus!

  5. Kris P says:

    I’m not good at slogans but I’m furious about this issue as well. Where are these legislators when it comes to ensuring the everyone outside the womb gets the healthcare they need to thrive? Or the education needed to become productive citizens? Or just an opportunity to grow up in a family ready, able and willing to provide for them? And how many of these legislators have adopted or even fostered kids born of parents unprepared, unable or unwilling to care for them? What are they doing to ensure those children don’t end up in miserable care facilities or homeless or sick? Have any of these legislators seen, much less cared for, children born to drug-addicted mothers? Their self-aggrandizing behavior is disgusting and, to my mind, clear evidence that those legislators don’t know how to collect the dots.

    • annamadeit says:

      Amen, sister! A dear friend of mine is doing just that… she and her family opened their home to three daughters of a meth head prostitute – in addition to their own three kids. The kind of safety/aid networks available to support doing something like that are minimal, at best. I’m in awe of the fight she has put up to care for, and keep these girls safe, and I remain stunned at the roadblocks she is encountering along the way. If there is such a thing as sainthood, she and the rest of her family are damn good candidates, in my book. The great tragedy is that despite the sacrifices they are accepting in order to do this, it doesn’t even make a dent in the overwhelming need out there. How politicians are able to sit on their hands and cover their eyes to allow such traumatic fates to evolve daily, without either prevention or intervention, and while fervently defending the purported rights of gelatinous embryos, is beyond my comprehension. In fact, such complete and utter inaction is something I could get onboard with calling “criminal” – not simply having or performing an abortion. Grrrrr!

  6. ks says:

    Death penalty is ok though. So is deporting people who came here when they were two. So is filling people with false hope that somehow we are going to start heating our houses with coal again.

  7. These are dark days, and you’re right – humor is one of the best antidotes. Nothing comes to mind by way of a slogan, though. I’ll let you know if inspiration strikes. In the meantime, it’s worth noting that the states with the most restrictions on abortion and rely on abstinence education are generally the states with the highest rates of infant mortality and teen births.

  8. Brennie says:

    Gabriel Blair @designmom posted a very interesting series of tweets a couple of years ago about reproduction and responsibility. Its quite worth the read if your are able to track it down. Or you may have read already. cheers b

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