today I have come across several websites claiming that South Africa has an unusually high percentage of intersex people, possible the highest in the world, and none of them have made any attempt to cite this or give an explanation
grandpa flower: “In my day young people had a proper respect for bees! Its not natural, going around just pollinating anyone you think is cute like you know better than nature.”
this all came from a mental image I had of sapient plant aliens being constantly embarrassed by persistent bees
if a bee lands on your flower you have to try to catch it and brush the pollen off because it would be rude to accidentally pollinate another person
I’ve always loved the idea of plant aliens but have never liked the idea that they’d look at all humanoid, and I think I’ve just come up with a solution to that.
So you’ve got some plants. Its not much of a stretch to have them develop limited mobility (tendrils for manipulating objects, etc) and some kind of vision (given that they’re already sensitive to light). I have no idea how a plant would develop sapience but honestly I don’t really care. Its science fiction, work with me here.
Anyway, once they have language (I’m thinking some kind of sign language) they become a society that is almost entirely immobile- they live and die in their one spot in the ground. They still require pollen vectors (alien bees) to reproduce, but they plant their own seeds, interact with each other, develop a culture, come up with strategies to ward off herbivores (alien rabbits find it very upsetting to be repeatedly hit in the face with a rock), etc.
Locomotion was troubling me and then I realized that they don’t need to evolve it- all they need to do is to make contact with an intelligent animal species also from their world. If they can figure out how to communicate with each other then they can get TINY MOTORIZED FLOWERPOTS.
And then you have plants exploring space.
Things I kinda want to do to fuck a bit with gender presentation
- Get my other ear pierced (5/10)
- Buy lipstick (7/10, maybe just lip gloss)
- Buy another color of nail polish (10/10, must do, having painted nails is rad)
- Buy a skirt (2/10, it sounds interesting but idk if I’d actually like it* let alone have the courage to pull it off in public)
- Get my hair dyed properly (9/10, but not right away)
*tho I loved wearing skirts and dresses as a little kid, so…
utilikilts are skirts for people who like to pretend that we are too butch for skirts, if you wanna borrow the one I got from my dad