Did you know that Crush is portrayed “high” because Sea Turtles actually eat jellyfish and the poisons inside the jelly doesn’t actually harm the turtle but instead intoxicates them much like marijuana does for humans.
i just thought it was because he was supposed to be a “surfer dude”
Earlier today, scientists announced they’d discovered an insect with a new kind of female sex organ. It looks a bit like a penis, and is called a gynosome. But almost every news outlet covered the story by describing the insects as “females with penises.” This isn’t just painfully wrong — it’s bad for science.
Okay, I’m posting this link because it’s incredibly relevant to certain discussions that have been going on recently (and that happen regularly in my corner of fandom), and also because it talks very eloquently about thoughts that I have about science fiction and depiction of aliens in general. Like, just look at this excerpt below:
"Yet none of the otherwise good sources of science news I listed above would ever describe my imaginary light-emitting object as a star. Why is that? Mostly it’s because when it comes to sex, humans are still hopelessly in thrall to our anthropomorphic urges — which is to say, our urge to see every animal’s behavior as a reflection of our own. We know that the cosmos is full of strange and unknown phenomena. But we can’t bring ourselves to believe that the worlds of sex and sex roles could ever deviate from what we’ve been told is good and right among Homo sapiens.
When we deprive Neotrogla of her gynosome by calling it a penis, of course Neotrogla doesn’t care. But we fail to advance the scientific project, which is above all things dedicated to expanding people’s understanding of the world. Instead of learning that there are female bugs with sex organs that behave unlike anything in the human world, articles about a “female penis” reassure readers that nothing could ever exist that challenges the penis/vagina sexual system — nor the system of sexual selection that led to it.