The word Latinx sounds almost like an oxymoron to me. I can't imagine anyone of Latin American descent who would actually call themself Latinx, not even Latino themlets or elles or whatever they are these days. Whoever coined the word Latinx was one thousand percent a white person trying to seem woke. I already can't stand the "gender-neutral", inclusive words in which the letter X is just shoved into pre-existing words (I don't think anyone on this planet truly knows how to pronounce the word prinxe, and I shudder to think about it), but this isn't even English we're talking about. These are languages in which, most of the time, the letter X is pronounced like the English letter H. The word doesn't even sound right, pronunciation wise, in ANY language, much less Spanish and other languages spoken in Latin America. Who is the word Latinx inclusive of? Half-white they/thems who speak only English and have never left their bedrooms, much less the good ol' US of A?
This entire situation is laughable, at best, but for me it only induces a deeper feeling. It fills me with rage that people with little to no understanding of Hispanic culture and linguistics are tampering with issues that aren't meant for them. It's an outrageous appropriation of Latin American culture, and the way that the use of this word has been casually widespread in the last couple of years only leaves me with a bad taste in my mouth. Please, by all means, leave this shit alone. The languages you're trying to change so that they'll be in line with your delirious cult ideology have been around for ages, and they aren't going to change just to bend to the desires of your white, kweer ass. Have your gender-neutral words, for all I care. But don't go fucking around with subjects you're not well-educated in.
He was born in Mexico City and from very early on defined his vocation to study mammals. He has worked professionally on these issues since 1975. After completing his bachelor's degree at UNAM, he earned his doctorate from the University of Florida at Gainesville. Working in diverse systems from tropical rainforests to deserts to montane forests, Rodrigo uses a diverse approach including community ecology, plant-animal interactions, population biology, and many others.
His work on community ecology and bats as indicators and as providers of environmental services such as pest control, pollination and seed dispersal have been used to justify the creation of protected natural areas or to integrate management plans. His joint work with other colleagues on protocols for listing at-risk species is now a federal law.
He has produced more than 200 publications including 98 scientific articles in international journals and more than 50 books and book chapters on bat ecology, conservation and mammalian diversity. Rodrigo was General Director of Wildlife for the Mexican Federal Government in 1995–96 and President of the Mexican Association of Mastozoology from 1997 to 1999. Within the American Society of Mammologists, he has served as Chairman of various committees, and has been a Member of the Board of Directors from 2001 to 2007.
He has been a Member of the Scientific Advisory Council of Bat Conservation International and Lubee Bat Conservancy, and founder and director of the Program for the Conservation of Mexican Bats, which turned 15 in 2009.
Rodrigo is President of the Bat Specialist Group of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), and titular researcher "C" of the UNAM Institute of Ecology, He has taught conservation biology and community ecology for more than 15 years at the undergraduate and graduate level, and served as Head of the Department of Biodiversity Ecology from 2003 to 2006. He has directed 35 undergraduate, 17 master's and 5 doctoral theses.
He is an Associate Professor at Columbia University in New York and an Associate Researcher at the American Museum of Natural History and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Rodrigo has been Associate Editor of four of the most important scientific journals in the field of conservation and mammals in the world: Conservation Biology, Journal of Mammalogy, ORYX, and Acta Chiropterologica.
In 2000 he was appointed representative of Mexico to the CITES Animals Committee (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), in 2002 he was elected Representative of North America and also Vice-Chairman of the CITES Animals Committee, in 2004 and 2007, At the request of the governments of Canada, Mexico and the United States, he was re-elected to the same posts. He is part of the United Nations Millennium Project as a member of Task Force 6: Stop the Loss of Natural Resources, and continues to be an adviser to the Mexican Government on wildlife issues. He was also a member of CONACYT's Biological Sciences Project Evaluation Committee from 2005 to 2009.
In April 2004, he received the Whitley Nature Conservation Award from Princess Anna of England. In October of that year, the American Society for the Study of Bats awarded him its highest honor, the Gerrit S. Miller Award, which is conferred on people "in recognition of an extraordinary service and contribution in the field of bat biology". In November, President Vicente Fox granted Rodrigo the 2004 Nature Conservation Award. In June 2007, the American Society of Mammologists awarded him the highest conservation recognition, the Aldo Leopold Award, which is given to individuals who have made extraordinary and lasting contributions to the conservation of mammals and their habitats. In September, the University of Florida Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation recognized him as Distinguished Alumni, and in October the Wildlife Trust Alliance recognized him as the Conservation Scientist of the Year. In 2009 he received the Rolex Associate Award for Enterprise and the Volkswagen Award “For Love to the Planet” in 2011 his NGO BIOCONCIENCIA was the winner of the BBVA Foundation Award for Biodiversity Conservation Activities in Latin America. The following year, he received the Whitley Gold Award for having made the most impact with the resources received earlier. He also received the Pollinator Advocate of the Year Award and was selected as one of the "50 Individuals Moving Mexico" by Expansión and Who Magazine.
Between 2013 and 2015 he was president of the Society for Conservation Biology. During this period he also produced with the BBC the documentary The Bat Man of Mexico, which was awarded at the Bristol Festival and the New York Wild Film Festival. In 2015 he was appointed a member of the Multidisciplinary Experts Panel of the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.
Becoming the 'Bat Man' of Mexico
National Geographic Explorer at Large and ecologist Rodrigo Medellín uses a multidisciplinary approach to protect and conserve bat species.
Bats don’t often get the credit they deserve for the important role they play in their native ecosystems, where they serve as pest exterminators and crop pollinators. The lesser long-nosed bat, found in northern Mexico and the southwestern United States, is one of just three bat species in North America that are responsible for pollinating cacti and agave plants across the continent.
And it's not just the plants that benefit: Bat pollination is critical to the blue agave plants from which tequila is made — a fact that just may save this particular species, thanks in part to the work of conservationist and National Geographic Explorer-at-Large Rodrigo Medellín.
Medellín, known as the “Bat Man of Mexico,” is a professor of ecology and conservation at the Institute of Ecology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He says he was already determined to be a bat biologist when he held a bat for the first time at just 13 years old.
“My sense of awe and admiration and curiosity was then fully sealed for life,” he says. “I felt I was facing the most amazingly interesting and misunderstood organisms on Earth, and bats really had been beckoning me.” Medellín began studying the lesser long-nosed bat over three decades ago, before the animal was listed as a threatened species in 1994.
Since then, he’s been instrumental in educating farmers about the importance of bats and role in agave pollination, convincing many to set aside part of their land to allow the plants there to flower and be pollinated. Previously, farmers seeking to boost the agave’s sugar content would cut off the flowers before they could be pollinated. In fields where farmers have allowed plants to flower, however, “they’re full of food and bats are visiting—it’s nothing short of historic,’’ says Medellín. “This is the way things were done six generations ago.”
It’s more than good news for the farmers and their fields: the lesser long-nosed bat was removed from the endangered species list in Mexico. “Today many millions of people protect and defend bats” says Medellín.
“Every day of our lives is touched by one or more ecosystem service that bats provide. From your cotton shirt to your coffee to your tacos to your rice to your tequila, and much, much more, your life has been touched by bats,” says Medellín.
“Inside I continue to be that 13 year old child every time I see a bat!”
Now, as the COVID-19 pandemic causes even more harmful bat myths, the world must once again realize that bats may not be the hero everyone wants—but they’re the hero we need.
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also i was talking about yesterday’s tampon convo (me telling some girls that you can use a tampon if you’re a virgin and whether you prefer pads or tampons is personal choice and doesn’t say anything about you) and she acted like i was being culturally insensitive because that’s a “cultural belief” and like again. i tried to handle it in a gentle non judgemental manner and let them know it wasnt true without being like “whoever told you that is an idiot”. also i’m sorry but i don’t think it’s appropriate for a teacher to turn a blind eye to language that could make young girls feel bad about their developing bodies and how they choose to deal with them because that misinfo might be more common within their community. also it came up because one girl said she used tampons and the other girl was like MY MOM SAYS YOU CANT USE TAMPONS IF YOU’RE A VIRGIN and i thought making sure the tampon-using girl didn’t feel bad about herself should be the priority.
#fwiw no tampon girl is hispanic (which is presumably the cultural group the other teacher is referring to) the girl who uses tampons is a #asian and both me and the other teacher are white. idk i feel like prioritizing making sure girls feel comfortable with their bodies and don #don't feel judged is more important than being like 'your internalized misogyny is an important cultural belief so i cannot comment'
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