I feel… different. Prettier.

RedOrbit.com has a comprehensive overview (and yes, this is a summary of an overview) of research proving male organisms around the world are becoming feminized:

The research shows that a host of common chemicals is feminizing males of every class of vertebrate animals, from fish to mammals, including people.

On Wednesday, Britain will lead opposition to proposed new European controls on pesticides, many of which have been found to have “gender-bending” effects.

Recent U.S. research has also shown that baby boys born to women exposed to widespread chemicals in pregnancy are born with smaller penises and feminized genitals.

The basic male tool kit is under threat, according to the report’s author, Gwynne Lyons, a former government adviser on the health effects of chemicals.

The European Commission said that wildlife and people have been exposed to more than 100,000 new chemicals in recent years and 99 per cent of them are not adequately regulated. There is not even proper safety information on 85 percent of them.

The majority of these chemicals have been identified as “endocrine disrupters” – or gender-benders – because they interfere with hormones. These include phthalates, used in food wrapping, cosmetics and baby powders among other applications; flame retardants in furniture and electrical goods; PCBs, a now banned group of substances still widespread in food and the environment; and many pesticides.

The report is based on more than 250 scientific studies from around the world and concentrates mainly on wildlife.

Language Note: However accurate this report may be concerning the effect endocrine disrupters have on my pure male essence, it should be pointed out that chemicals, per se, aren’t to blame. I’m made of chemicals. The computer on which I type these words is made of chemicals. Vitamin C is a chemical, and dietary fiber is made from chemicals. That’s what chemicals are – the molecules that things are made from. Some of the newer, crazier ones are just getting all up in our junk is all.