I see what you’re saying. But 10 - 15 years have gone by. And word had gotten out regrading the aliens. Maybe I haven’t been clear in the stories enough. But there’s a state of fear regarding these alien flowers. The government uses the existence of the aliens as a way to control the population. Fear keeps the general civilian population in line. In this case, it’s marginilizing the men; removing them from high-profile jobs and positions.
Years of abuse have made the men bitter. I’ve hinted at this, but I haven’t outright said it. It’s hard to keep things natural. I don’t want characters to suddenly begin monologuing about what the government is doing to them socially. It just doesn’t come off natural.
But basically, everyone knows about the aliens. So there’s no element of surprise. But then what’s interesting is: the men are willingly allowing themselves to be infected. When their backs have been against the wall, and they have no recourse, they will willingly accept the aliens.