A gender symbol is said to be the pictogram or glyph which is utilized to represent either biological sex or sociological gender. Also, the female symbol is used in sociology, gender politics, LGBT subculture, as well as identity politics.
Pictograms which are utilized to indicate male and female public toilets became widely utilized beginning in the 1960s.
- The history of the gender symbols.
Representing two planets, iron, copper, and a few of the Olympian gods, the classical gender symbols for a male and female pack a lot of meaning in the world.
The shape of the Mars symbol was connected to an iron-tipped spear, i.e., a weapon which is mainly utilized by men, and shape of the Venus symbol to a bronze mirror or a distaff, which is connected with women in the past.
The symbols themselves are ancient, and the associations which they make a date back to the dawn of civilization. The ancient cultures, after observing how the movements of heavenly bodies such as the Sun and the planets heralded a corresponding change in events on our planet, came to believe that there was actually a causal relationship. Logically, then, some ancient scholars started to study the heavens in order to predict better, or also prepare for the future. They came to associate various heavenly bodies with their powerful gods, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Zeus (Jupiter) and Cronus or Saturn.
Each of the heavenly bodies, together with its god, was associated with some metal. Two popular associations sometimes made with the symbols today say that the symbol for male also represents the shield of Mars, while the symbol of female represents the mirror of Venus, was rejected by scholars.
- Biology, medicine, and sociology.
The two standard gender symbols are the Mars symbol ♂ which is usually considered to represent a shield and spear, for male, while the Venus symbol ♀, which is usually considered to represent a bronze mirror with a handle, for female. They are derived from astrological symbols, denoting the classical planets Mars and Venus. They were utilized for the first time to denote the effective sex of plants by Carl Linnaeus in 1751.
Nowadays, they are utilized in scientific publications in order to indicate the sex of an individual, for instance of a patient. Pedigree charts published in scientific papers are now more commonly using a square for male and a circle for female.
Since the 1970s, variations of gender symbols were also utilized to express sexual orientation, as well as political ideology. The first example of this has been the use of the two interlocking male symbols to represent male homosexuality. Since the 2000s, a lot of such variants were introduced in the context of LGBT culture and politics. Some of those symbols were adopted into Unicode, starting with version 4.1 in 2005.
- Female sex symbol – ♀.
Female – ♀ – is the sex of an organism, or also a part of an organism, which produces non-mobile ova, or better known as egg cells. Barring rare medical conditions, most of the female mammals, which include female humans, have two X chromosomes. Female characteristics can vary between different species with some species containing more well-defined female characteristics. Both genetics, as well as the environment, shape the prenatal development of a female.
A common symbol, which is utilized to represent the female sex is ♀ a circle with a small cross underneath. According to Schott, the most established view is that the male and female symbols are derived from the contractions in Greek script of the Greek names of these planets, namely Thouros (Mars) and Phosphoros (Venus). Then, the derivations were traced by Renkama who illustrated how Greek letters might be transformed into the graphic male and female symbols recognized nowadays.
The Venus symbol (♀) actually consists of a circle with a small cross below it. It actually originates in Late Antiquity as an astrological symbol for the planet Venus, associated with the goddess Venus. Therefore, it is an alchemical symbol for copper too.
- The female symbol used in tattoo art.
The modern sign for the female sex is also an ancient sign for the planet Venus, which in turn was connected with the Greek goddesses Aphrodite and Athena. Venus is the planet which was called the Morning Star, although it is not a star. This Morning Star appears alone or together with the Moon. Moreover, it is called the Evening Star, seems to appear on the sky for the second time, alone or also with the crescent of a New Moon.
Associated with the Moon and the stars, as well as their cycles, the planet Venus has been worshiped by almost all peoples, and cultures of antiquity, as the goddess of war, fertility, beauty, and love.
In tattoo art, the female symbol also has the same meaning and symbolism, and it is a design which is most commonly inked by females, which is logical. The female symbol can be tattooed on its own or in combination with some other objects, and things, such as flowers, letters, or something else.
When combined with a rose, the female symbol becomes a traditional symbol of feminine beauty. The female symbol can also symbolize feminist ideologies and pride of being a woman.