asexual reproduction

“Everybody says, ‘I don’t want to die alone.’ But in my experience–when push comes to shove–it isn’t the 'alone’ part people want to avoid: it’s the dying.”

-Cletus Kasady/Carnage, “Carnage Vol. 2”

After four years alone, female shark has babies without a male mate

  • Leonie, a female zebra shark in Australia, had three offspring in early 2016 after being completely isolated from males for roughly four years.
  • According to New Scientist, Leonie was first paired with a male at an Australian aquarium in 1999; the couple had over two dozen babies.
  • In 2012, aquarium staff moved Leonie’s partner to another tank, leaving her alone— which is why scientists were stunned when she gave birth.
  • How did it happen? It could be because of a kind of biological contingency plan for if there are no male sharks around.
  • According to New Scientist, sharks are capable of asexual reproduction if there’s a genetically identical cell called a sister polar body nearby to fertilize it.  Read more

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Fact: While rumors that asexuals are capable of asexual reproduction (creating twice the volume with the same amount of mass) are still being confirmed, it is a known fact that Pansexuals at any time are able to parallel this by shoving all of their mass into half the volume. This can be repeated infinitely to create a black hole. Many Pansexuals sacrifice themselves towards the end of their lives to help create wormholes to connect the universe together. This, among other reasons, is why Pansexuals are currently the rulers of the universe.

Any time someone tells you that “asexuality” is a stupid term because “isn’t asexuality about single organism reproduction and not someone’s sexual attraction?” …well… here’s what a PROFESSIONAL LINGUIST has to say about that bogus:

Words have definitions that are created by how a population uses them, not by what you see in a dictionary. Now, words might have roots and prefixes and suffixes that help build the meaning of the word, but ultimately what is important is how the word is actually used by native speakers of that language. So how a population uses a word is how a word receives its meaning or meanings.

It’s also to note that word meanings change over time; there is very little which is static in a language, but languages are constantly, always morphing. Those changes are valid and completely, utterly a part of the contemporary language. Once upon a time people scoffed at how “pants” was shortened from “pantaloons.” But nobody in today’s society would disagree that “pants” is a widespread, very real word of the English language. Words are simply what are used by a contemporary native speaking population of a language.

A dictionary is not an omniscient authoritative source of a language. A dictionary is not a prescriptive means by which to prove whether or not something is a word. A dictionary is an imperfect, human-created document regularly updated to record how a population currently uses a word. It’s an observational record, not a book of rules.

BUT… because dictionaries are records of things that change, the dictionaries’ definitions are very often outdated or incomplete.

So, yes. The dictionary does provide us a scientific term of the word asexuality related to single organism means of reproduction, and that term is still of course relevant in scientific discourse. That still is a meaning of asexuality, yes. But words often have multiple legitimate meanings (ex: bat meaning an animal, sports equipment, whacking something aside, or a way of moving one’s eyelashes). All of those meanings are equally valid so long as they are used by the population of English native speakers. The fact that a very, very large population of native English speakers uses “asexual” to mean “an individual who is uninterested in sex, or who has very little or no sexual attraction”… means that this is indeed a valid meaning of the word asexual! 


And if anyone tries to argue with a professional linguist because you think you have some authority and knowledge about your own language, well…

You might have a human body, but that doesn’t make you an expert in biology. You wouldn’t argue with a biologist about the chemical processes that occur within the stomach and other parts of the human digestive tract.

You might be able to see the sun and moon rise and set every day, but that doesn’t make you an expert in astronomy. You wouldn’t argue with an astronomer who tells you how the planets orbit around the sun. In fact, your personal, first-hand experiences of planetary bodies might lead you to make incorrect conclusions, like the earth being flat or the sun rotating around the planet.

Similarly, you might be able to speak a language, but that doesn’t make you an expert in linguistics. Many native speakers’ intuitions about their own language are wrong. For example, most English speakers don’t realize that the “t” in “star” is actually a different sound than the “t” in “tie.” So if you want to argue with me, a professional linguist, you can go and kiss my shiny grad degrees that pronounce me a literal expert in the field.

Asexuality is valid, friends. There is a reason why the term is so widely used by human beings: it’s because so many of us have similar, shared experiences in which we do not feel sexual attraction, or little sexual attraction, or have no or little interest in having sex. Humans don’t make up words that have no use in society. We use words because they are needed to explain something that is a real experience to us. The reason why the word “asexual” ACTUALLY DOES MEAN THE QUEER THING is because we humans have a need for this term to describe a widespread, common, legitimate, valid, understandable, real human experience.

You keep being rad, my fellow ace angels.

Asexual linguist signing off.


Quick Vertical Garden for Strawberries

An old wine case and a waxed paper bag become home to twelve new strawberry cuttings, pruned from runners in the garden.

#DIY #upcycle #vertical gardening #container gardening #strawberries #edible landscaping #gif

Looking back, you often find that there’s hints that guided you to your current identity. I’ve been identifying as aromantic asexual fairly consistently, but there were several moments in my life where I really felt aromantic asexual like:

Faking an interest in romantic relationship roles while playing pretend with friends I wanted to impress growing up. Crafting completely fake interests, and reinforcing that through straight acting behavior when in groups. 

Committing to strictly platonic relationship roles while playing pretend with friends I trusted, or even willing myself to be put into a romantic role if it meant playing out my platonic feelings for a friend in the role opposite of mine. 

Having panic attacks as a child about growing up alone, not because I feared never meeting someone who would love me enough to be with me but because I knew I didn’t want someone to love me like that.

Knowing at a young age that it didn’t matter if my friends cared about me or loved me or if I cared about them or loved them, because ultimately we’d all go our separate ways and I would have absolutely no one. 

Being okay with sexual humor, and making immature jokes about sex and sexuality but for some reason becoming extremely upset when sexual jokes involved me in the joke in some way. 

My friends and peers referring to me as an amoeba because of my lack of interest in other people. A lot of asexual reproduction jokes in science class. People assuming I was just immature/incapable of mature feelings like…

…romance and sexual desire. 

Picking up books that seem good to me. Reading the summary, and being disappointed at how cisheteronormative it was. Putting them down or back on the shelf because it wasn’t relatable at all to me. 

Finding cisheteronormative narratives not just unrelatable, but distressing because the people around me kept putting me into that box when I wanted nothing to do with that. 

My friends asking me for my opinion on people they were interested in, and it taking me everything in my power not to cringe because I wanted to be a good friend who validated their attraction in other people. 

e.g. “Wow, they’re so cute.” “That’s so sweet.” “How romantic.”

…when I didn’t actually care all that much, beyond the general well-being and happiness of my friends, which in turn would make me feel guilty because I would have to fake my way through so many conversations.  

Genuinely being happy for my friends having significant others, but finding the interactions between them and their significant others to be such a foreign thing to me that I can only understand on a technical perspective. 

Being the “third wheel” or “odd one out” whenever my friends brought their significant others with them to group outings, sometimes to the point of jealousy not of people being in a relationship but of not having enough time with friends.

Any sadness or frustration over this dynamic being misread as a desire for a romantic/sexual relationship, to the point of people trying to set me up with people they think would be good for me. 

The bonds between friends and I being nearly broken due to people pressuring us to be together, and me being devastated by that. Once, someone I barely knew joking about someone I supposedly liked and I put my foot down.

Them going “Oh, I heard you liked them like that though?” and I got very serious with them and said “No. I really don’t” The realization hitting them, someone I barely knew, that all the talk about us was just talk and I felt terrible about it. 

Feeling guilty for never returning feelings from friends who really did like me like that and thinking that maybe some day I could “learn” to like them like that if I just forced myself to be that way.  

My discomfort and embarrassment surrounding flirting being misread as being coy or as having a crush on someone. Being constantly paranoid to this day that my discomfort will be misinterpreted as interest, even with coworkers.


These are just some of the ways I remember feeling very aromantic asexual growing up. A lot of it centers around relationships, because I found that to be the most enlightening as to who I am and the most isolating. 

It’s important to look at some of the smaller moments in your life and go “oh yeah, that’s a clue right there” “that’s how I knew who I am” because sometimes you may feel like you’re just making things up and you don’t deserve to be you.

Transformers Fanfic Terms 101

So @novelty-spark was asking about a masterpost for those sorts of things, I thought I’d throw down the terms i’ve used in my seasoned time as a TF fic writer. Shoutout to my bae @guttermech for helping with some of these tooooo

So for those who don’t know there’s actually a ton of strange inner-fandom terms and shorthand that’s used in fanfic/general discussions, and can also be used for tags on art. 

First off there’s the different types of TF porn/fic. 

Sticky and PnP/Wireplay are the most common, less common is Sparkplay/Sparkbonding There’s also a now-unheard of fourth type called Tactile/EM fieldplay.

Sticky: Sticky is organic-based sexual organs, with organic genitals. Usually it’s a set of a penis/vagina combo, but there’s lots of different versions. One thing is for sure; it’s messy, it’s slippery, and it’s the most common type of TF porn you’ll find. 

PnP: Short for Plug-N-Play, it’s also sometimes called wireplay, is the counter to Sticky. It’s more based on the passing of electrical currents and information between two cybertronians to bring pleasure to both parties. The fact that it’s also a common phrase for electronics is a hilarious bonus for when you find that shit in public and can laugh about it. 

Sparksex/Sparkplay/Sparkbonding: This is a fairly well recognized but not always utilized form of cybertronian coupling that involves direct interaction between two or more party’s sparks. It’s usually coupled with them becoming bondmates which is a term i’ll cover below in more detail. 

Tactile/EMfieldplay: This is from the olden days, I’ve not seen any content made of this forgotten type in years and years, but now’s a good a time as any for a resurgance. EMfield stands for Electromagnetic Field, which is the sensory net that surrounds a cybertronian. Long ago [before time began…] it was very common for fics to include the fields as a form of close-contact, a field that would become meshed with others when cybertronians were near each other. This type of porn was more closely related to foreplay, though climax could easily be reached by the two [or more!] fields interacting. This one’s pretty complex to explain here, but I think I’ve got the gist of it down. 

Here’s a list of some terms, not all are inherently sexual but are useful to know for the flow of things/knowing the name of some parts of the anatomy and terms: 

Interfacing is sex. It’s just what sex is called, pretty basic. 

cable/cord/plug are the words for a robot penis, however a lot of people call them ‘spikes’ too, which is uncomfortable sounding as hell! Let’s normalize cord/cable/plug =u= I’ve also seen 

Valve is the term used for a penetrable hole, a vagina or butthole or whateverthefuck, it’s also sometimes called a port. 

Anterior/Outernode is a term used for a clitoris, and 

Calipers are the internal structure of a valve/port, similar to the muscle structure inside organic holes to clench/cause a milking action. 

Overload is what an orgasm is called. 

Transfluid is cybertronian ejaculate/jizz. Most artistic renderings have it be glowing like Energon but it can be just about anything you want, I used to write it as silver or different colors, they’re robots, go wild. Glowy jizz or metallic jizz or black inky jizz or just white jizz, who cares! It’s jizz! Have fun! 

CNA  is sometimes used as a version of DNA, often used for when baby Cybertronians are talked about being made through sexual reproduction. On that note- 

Sparklings, are baby cybertronians. Sometimes they’re also called protoforms but more often than not Sparklings is the most accurate way to get it. Protoforms are also a canon material so I don’t know if anyone uses it anymore. I'm not going over different methods of sexual and asexual cybertronian reproduction because that honestly deserves a post all it’s own. 

Glossa is what tongues are called, while 

Coolant is often used as their version of saliva 

servo is used interchangeably for any moving part w/ a joint- legs, arms, fingers, etc [for fingers i would suggest 'digits’ too ] 

Vents are used to describe air flow and to emulate panting/heavy breathing, often used for when a cybertronian starts to get heated and their vents will turn on, expelling hot air. 

Pedes are words used instead of 'feet’

Chevron is the shape that’s on many Cybertronian’s heads, [examples: prowl, ratchet] 

Headfins are another helmet shape, often described as sensitive or an erogenous zone. [examples: sunstreaker, fort max]

Kibble is the name of anything that is not a vital part of the cybertronian’s anatomy but is needed in order to form their alt mode. Examples include tires, headlights, car doors on arms/back. 

Door-wings are pretty self-explanatory, but they are a specific anatomy belonging to the likes of Prowl, Jazz, TFP/Bayverse/RID2015 Bumblebee; they are the doors for their car mode that are perched between the shoulders like wings. 

Audials are used instead of 'ears’, while 

Finials describe a more protruding shape of 'ears’, such as those on Shockwave, Drift, and Wing. 

And as a special added note, here are some Cybertronian curse words often used in fics:

Dross [Damn]

Frag [fuck] fragger, fragging, etc

Scrap [shit]

Slag[aggressive derogatory term, means to call someone scum or garbage]

Feel free to add things! I hope this helps! 8U 

sporesmore  asked:

On the topic of feathers and plume moths, I started thinking about the highly modified wings of "fairyflies", parasitoid wasps of the family Mymaridae, which have paddles with long setae essentially. Unfortunately I don't have any photos of these awesome little guys, but perhaps someday I'll catch one. You might already know about them, but if not, I would suggest looking them up. They're just so cool. :D

Hymenoptera is my favourite invert order, so any insects from there I am so here for.  

Australia has some of the greatest diversity of fairyflies! And a lot of them have some super interesting modified wings like you said. Some of my favourites would have to be: 

Caraphractus cinctus,  an aquatic species that uses it’s wings for locomotion through the water.

Anagrus atomus, one of the (at least) five fairyflies or fairywasps that display parthenogenesis (asexual reproduction in which female can reproduce without males). 

Richteria ara. These are native to Australia with these stunning modified wing 

Anagrus Haliday, with these pretty awesome colourful wings

and of course Tinkerbella nana, which are only about  250 micrometres longs!