"The human model is intended to represent a Human Being," Notch continued. "Not a male Human Being or a female Human Being, but simply a Human
Being. The blocky shape gives it a bit of a traditional masculine look, but adding a separate female mesh would just make it worse by having one
specific model for female Human Beings and male ones. That would force players to make a decisions about gender in a game where gender doesn't even
Genders don't exist in Minecraft? Let's take a closer look, as that statement is easy to miss.
Minecraft makes sure that all of its animals have male and female parts
and that they can mate with each other, not dependent on gender. This
hermaphrodite nature of Minecraft's farm animals could be a programming plus as it allows for one version of each animal instead of two. But it also
silently speaks in support of the pansexual crowd.
For example, Minecraft's chickens have the rooster chin and can lay eggs, while the cows both have udders and horns. The interesting part to me was
when I wondered to myself, do plants in Minecraft have the same trait? And in fact, they do, in real life as well.
Here is a picture of what I believe to be wheat.
Florets are small flowers, and flowers receive pollen in order to become fertilized and then generate seeds, fruit or the like. Florets have the
The stamen, on the other hand, is the male organ of the flower. It comes with a stalk and a section that produces pollen. Note that this setup means
that the wheat plant could potentially mate with itself, although it could also expand the gene pool by mating with others in the wheat field. It all
depends on how the pollen falls, really.
My point is that just like in Minecraft, philosophy can be devised from nature. When you look at a plant you notice two things - it does have male and
female parts, suggesting that the male and female are, in fact, distinct, inseparable characteristics.
So what is a hermaphrodite? It is something with both male and female characteristics, not something with neither. It might be an interesting train of
thought to wonder how plants think. Maybe they have a philosophy of their own - and part of that philosophy is that any one of their brethren can have
male and female traits.
Isn't it limiting in society to force people to be a certain way based on gender? Simple examples include girls learning to knit and not boys, and
boys playing sports that girls cannot play. In reality, we should be mature enough to realize that each of us is an individual not limited by gender,
yet we are not.
This only limits the possibilities for an individual. Why can't men learn to have a conversation and women learn to fix a car? It is silly to force
people to limit themselves to fit into a societal paradigm. Yet here we have plants, that sit and watch silently, basking in the sunlight, serene and
knowing. What is it like to be a plant? One thing is for sure, they don't have to search for the other half of themselves because they have it right
there with them, always.
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