Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Domesticated Female

It is widely believed that the domesticated female is part of a dwindling group.  Not yet endangered, but certainly less frequently observed in the general population.  There are, however, pockets where they seem to thrive.  In fact, it seems they far outnumber their couterparts in these areas.

The domesticated female is easy to identify, although the traits used for classification have a wide range of compliance.  Some dabble.  Some go all in.  Let's examine a few of her qualities.

She is a strong nester.  She works hard to create a pleasant living environment for her mate and offspring.  From tidying the nest to adding those touches which make it more welcoming.  This is done to strengthen the home life attachement. 

She takes great joy in providing the sustenance for all who enter the dwelling.  If you are within her realm she will attempt to feed you.  It is her instinct to do so.  She is very skilled at this trait.

Her children and her mate are her top priority.  She will sacrifice food and safety so that they are taken care of.  She will even give her life to protect them.

In contrast, the feral female scores quite low on all of the above.  The state of the nest appears to be less important to her.  She will keep it in such a state that it doesn't endanger the family, but that's about it.  No extra effort is exerted to make it just right.

The feral female is more concerned with sustaining life than providing a variety of foods.  She will meet this need only to the point that there will be food available.  She seldoms prepares the food or insists that others eat, encouraging self-sufficiency.

She watches to make sure that her mate and offspring are safe, but she also works to meet her own needs.  Sometimes the family is ignored so that she can go off and stretch her wings.  She comes back often enough that no one dies, but the squawking upon her return can often be heard for great distances.

The domesticated female is generally preferred by males, although some lean toward the feral.  If a feral female finds herself in a pack of domesticated females she often tries to blend in, knowing that she is considered the lesser of the species.  An attempt to domesticate a feral female may work, but it is usually temporary as her natural state of being is wild.

Both types thrive best when allowed to follow their natural bent.

Guess which one I am.


Katy said...

I think you like who you are and I think that is a good thing! I like you, too. :)

Bonnie said...

What happens if one has a split personality? Are there psychologists who handle this phenomenon? And there is a feral cat that is making a terrible racket outside my window. Is that common among feral females as well? Do you catch it from cats?

Kazzy said...

I think you are domesticated in the protectiveness of your young, but feral in just about everything else.

And I think you like it that way. And I think I like it that way too.

Your friend,
The More-or-Less Domesticated Female

Jessica Grosland said...

I am going to draw a picture of you slinking out of the house with sharp teeth.

You can't really have expected any less. Your post invites such caricaturing.

Yarell said...

are those the only two choices? i keep thinking of where Lu would fit in there. I think she's a mixture. Very domestic in some ways, very feral in others.

Uhm, it's a good mix! ya ... :) Don't eat me.