Dahlia knocks over a large bowl of water.
Cats fight *in the same room as the Feliway Multicat Harmony Diffuser*...
Yeah, it's that kind of day already...
Seriously, they were going hell-for-leather not two cat-tail-lengths from the diffuser of "happy cat hormones". Why me? Why can't I get cats who just want love and cuddles and a good time? Why must I get the ones in need of more therapy than my whole PTSD group?!
Oh, right. Nobody else is that much a sucker... ARGH.
From the shores of Lake Erie: A gynandromorph northern cardinal. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/01/half-male-half-female-cardinal-pennsylvania/
This basically means it's half-male and half-female, and the markings show it. Right down the middle, so to speak. Kewl.
Now, a gynandromorph is *not* a hermaphrodite. Gynandromorphs have both male and female characteristics. A hermaphrodite has both male and female genitals, but everything else is "normal" --- and some critters are naturally hermaphrodites, and can be either male or female as breeding needs demand. Weird? Maybe, but not to some snails and worms and other critters.
In humans, "intersex" is the new term for what we'd call "ambiguous genitalia" --- going back to before we knew XX and XY from each other,a nd judged by eyeballing it which sex a kid was. Unfortunately, sometimes people guessed wrong and chopped off bits or closed up bits or so forth that weren't, ah, how shall I say?... Well, they weren't correct. Hormone therapy is added to keep the "sex" going. A lot of times, the individual person who is born intersex ends up traumatized and outcast, even if they try very hard to "fit" whatever sex was chosen for them...
Some adults in the world, particularly female athletes, are treated with similar hormone therapy to render them less female in biology, which is considered a human rights abuse. For some reason, someone deciding that it looked more "male" or "female" at birth is "just medicine and a parent's perogative". I find that creepy, personally, since nobody should suffer for having wonky chromosomes or wonky chromosome *expression*.
Yeah, I reallllly want some doctor's eyeballing of the bits to decide what the bits are... No, I really don't! THis is because the external bits at birth can occasionally be one gender but mistaken for the other. How? Well, suffice to say that if things aren't fully developed sex-wise in the womb, you can see some rather interestingly large or small bits and openings. A nip and a tuck and suddenly a child is surgically decided --- despite the fact we can test for those XX/XY chromosomes and know which the biology is. (Or things like XXY or XYY...)
Most of the time, btw, docs just decide this or the parents and doctor decide this stuff, and without knowing chromosomal reality. Part of that is availability and expense --- and part of this is tradition and social stuff and all that fun.
Anyway, I got on this topic because of a bird. Yeah. My brain is weird. ANd fried. Like an egg in an anti-drug advertisement from the 1980s. *crack* *sizzle* This ismy brain on my life...
May your Monday be good, and I have to crawl back to bed at some point, per usual, but today is a rainy-icy day, so good day for it, right? Right!
Today is my Birthday. This day had always been a special day for me. Thank you all for all for all the support you have given me through out the years i have been here. Thank you for getting me through tough times.Scott
Hey, all. No therapy today! And little sleep *again*. The weather went from "nromal" to "storm" to --- brace yourself --- 60*F by noon today. That's a lot in 72 hours for the old fibro barometer body!***The average age of a US citizen identifying as a "farmer" by occupation is 58 years old. The trend goes back to the 1980s, when farm foreclosures and other market force. Basically, farmers...