Am I the only beekeeper that gets annoyed with references to "my girls" and "my lovely ladies"?
So just background: I've been at this a little while. I've a very modest business selling a little honey (enough to cover costs and expand a little each year). I've built up a local club with over a hundred members. I give away my splits in spring to new beekeepers. I'm active in education about bees, both native and honey. Beekeeping is a central part of my being.
But I'm somehow mystified about the anthropomorphic gender stereotypes that knowledgeable beekeepers thrust on their bees.
First off, the lovely ladies are a sterile cast. The mated queen is an egg laying machine. The "lazy" drones that are evicted every fall are not as lazy as we think, but even if they were, they're essentially the male expression of a super organism.
I love my bees. I treat them with great respect. When i graft queens and finally see eggs I feel ecstatic, like I've brought a new life into the world.
I'll probably lose all the little karma I have for this post, but it's worth it for me to know, am I the only one that's sick of seeing posts titled "My lovely ladies"?