"... every individual garden has its own moral economy where the horticulturalist plays god – policing the behavior of various species through propagation and extermination, in order to create an image of paradise. Above all else, this is a system of controlled copulation: a regulated sexual logic in which plants perform for the pleasure of the human observer’s hedonistic gaze. Far from a benevolent ruler, the gardener cons certain chosen plants into producing sexual displays for his own pleasure. Refusing to conform to this functional promiscuity, weeds conduct sinful sexual practices. When discovered, they represent a threat to the moral and sexual sovereignty of the garden and must be eradicated."

-- Queer Undergrowth: Weeds and Sexuality in the Architecture of the Garden
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The puritanism with which people construct and discipline their gardens is, of course, so deeply libidinal.

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@auga I grow annuals for food & I just... don't know that it's that deep. I kill the plants that aren't my food. Generally long before they'd flower or go to seed. So it seems like a stretch. I don't love acting as the arbiter of who gets to eat the hyperfertile veggies & who doesn't. But the weeds aren't... queer.

@auga I do sometimes squish cucumber beetles while they're fucking tho. But I'd squish them if they were chaste also. But it does make me feel like a puritan lol

@nausikaa the cucumber beetles must learn that their god is a vengeful god. :blobgalaxythink:

@nausikaa I don't think it goes that deep for all gardening, but it's interesting to think about in relation to the sort of very structured, controlled, landscaped suburban garden that the gardener feels is a social signifier regarding their knowledge and mastery of gardening. Unfortunately I was exposed to a lot of people like that when I was growing up. :blobdead:

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