Planet in danger.

On SBS last night was a docco about the effects of oestrogen mimicking compounds in industrial chemicals. Apparently men are becoming less fertile and even *gasp* Feminised! Oh the horror! Oh the woe! Oh the fucking poetic justice for those who have poisoned the world with their over consumption and denigration of women. (Oh the suffering for undeserving individuals as yet unborn) Now they’re all turning into women. What a horrific misfortune for a man to suffer. The mere thought must be hell on earth. Who could have imagined a worse torture!!

Of course there’s plenty of other side effects. In our Grandmothers’ day the rate of breast cancer was 1 in 20, now it’s 1 in 8. There’s all sorts of allergies, auto-immune diseases and any number of hideous childhood cancers. Chemical cocktails that trigger such horrific diseases can be found in cosmetics and skin care products as well as paints and domestic cleaning agents. Markers and props of femininity are serving as carriers for substances that will slowly poison women forced to accept the sex-caste stereotype. Insulting and destructive. That’s the Patriarchy for you.

The foundations for research into these less rare by the day conditions are sometimes sponsored by multinational corporate conglomerates and even petrochemical companies. Apparently without intended irony. However the focus of the docco was of course on the lack of fertility in males. The program was entitled ‘men in danger’. Enough to give any hysterical men’s rights activist (or Fundamentalist) a hard on that will last a week.

No one seriously expects that humans can continue to poison the planet with the wastes of consumerism and get away with it, do they? Isn’t that too stereotypically 18th century industrialism with its hand on its inch worm manhood, moaning “growth, growth” as the planet turns into one giant toxic waste dump… But what about the men! Oh god, what about the men! First they can’t kill their own children, now the by-products of the Patriarchy come home to roost. Species are becoming extinct on a daily basis due to destruction of the environment and no-one but lefties and Greens give a hoot, but if male humans are no longer dyed in the wool virile bloody rapists, what will become of us?

Surprise, surprise.

Humans aren’t the be all and end all of evolution. Male humans are definitely not the end product and purpose of the existence of the kosmos. As smart and important as the doctrine of manifest destiny told us men are supposed to be, they are in reality so stupid they’re poisoning us all out of existence. Unfortunately killing off many other species as well. Spare the suggestion that women cause any of this by compulsively buying and wearing makeup, lotions, slinky little polyester dresses or plastic sandals because of some built in desire to conform to a male defined image of acceptability. If it takes that many props to be feminine, it isn’t natural. If it takes constant subliminal and actual threats of rape, abuse, financial and emotional torment to imprison women in the submissive roles constructed within phallocracy, then it is not a natural state of affairs.

Lunatic christians who believe that the world is destined for destruction on account of some frustrated old monk in a cave a thousand or so years ago said all humans were bad, especially if they were women, because he couldn’t get laid, quite happily ride this one way trip to hell since their religion says it’s the whole purpose of the earth. If they have to live in severe emotional pain and suffering then damnit everything else on the planet does too. Especially the women. The possibility of getting psychological help and sorting out this mess doesn’t enter into the equation. That would be ungodly.

The lingering suspicion is that life will find a way. In thousands of years’ time, the descendants of some of the very few monkeys or apes that are left alive when humans finally do manage to destroy themselves utterly will dig up the bones and wonder, as we wonder about the dinosaurs, what the fuck happened?

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3 Responses to “Planet in danger.”

  1. chiroptera Says:

    This topic always reminds me of the Sara Teasdale poem:

    There Will Come Soft Rains

    There will come soft rains and the smell of the ground,
    And swallows circling with their shimmering sound;

    And frogs in the pools singing at night,
    And wild plum trees in tremulous white;

    Robins will wear their feathery fire,
    Whistling their whims on a low fence-wire;

    And not one will know of the war, not one
    Will care at last when it is done.

    Not one would mind, neither bird nor tree,
    If mankind perished utterly;

    And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn
    Would scarcely know that we were gone.

    — Sara Teasdale

  2. factician Says:

    Of course there’s plenty of other side effects. In our Grandmothers’ day the rate of breast cancer was 1 in 20, now it’s 1 in 8.

    Actually, most of the breast cancer increase in recent decades is simply because we’re living longer. Age-adjust rates haven’t changed much (small changes year to year, some up, some down).

    In your grandmother’s generation, she was much more likely to die of things like child birth, infections, accidents, etc. They didn’t live to be old enough to get cancer.

    If you want to look at more useful statistics, look at “age-adjusted” cancer rates. That looks at what the frequency of a cancer is for someone who actually got to be old enough to get cancer.

    Cheers,

    -F.

  3. crowlie Says:

    Curious, however much of the concern regarding women and breast cancer is because of young women developing the disease. My Grandmother lived to 94, not 34.

    Age adjusted rates would probably be very helpful for diseases that do develop with age, in this instance it was breast cancer and childhood cancers that were being discussed. Are you suggesting that it doesn’t matter whether women die young in childbirth or older of cancer? Or are you suggesting that a statistical anomaly regarding age related cancers excuses the continuing poisoning of the planet?


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