At one time human cultures recognized that there was more than just typical endosex or dyadic male and typical endosex or dyadic female. These gender symbols prove to me that intersex people were better accepted at one time by society. Intersex people were also at one time called “hermaphrodites”. Needless to say, society has tried to convince us these symbols are about mythology when I feel they were not.
Worse, society now tries to convince those of us born intersex that we were born a disorder or a syndrome and that our bodies need to be corrected by genital surgeries. Here are some of the names for intersex here: Intersex is what it is. Most forms of intersex do not require medical intervention of any kind. A good argument could be made that we are witnessing eugenics and genocide. To read more about my thoughts on this go to: Eugenics & Genocide: The Male & Female Binary Myth. These Ten Human Rights Organizations and many more say it is time to Stop Intersex Genital Mutilation (IGM).
Here is my youtube video: TEDxJacksonville Born Intersex: we are human! in this presentation, I share my life story, I talk about others born intersex, the world’s first intersex birth certificates, and how us intersex people have existed since the first humans walked the Earth.
My Thoughts about the Gender Symbols from the Past.
Although I feel that there are so many different variations of intersex that one can’t even describe them all with even these gender symbols, I felt it important to share that the male/female binary was not all we had in the past to describe us humans in ancient history. Here is the United Nations Intersex Fact Sheet, where they share that intersex people are born with “Natural Bodily Variations”. If you were born intersex, or have a child born intersex, you can find support here: World Wide Advocacy and Support for INTERSEX People.
Many world governments, including my own want to try to deny our existence. I would like to call this “Cultural Dysphoria”. I am Proudly the First in Colorado, to get an Intersex Birth Certificate I exist and You will not Erase Me!
Many do not realize what all these gender symbols represent so I will explain them below:
The symbol for a male organism or man. It is also the astrological symbol for Mars.
The symbol for a female organism or woman. It is also the astrological symbol for Venus.
This symbol is often used to represent organisms which are both male and female; such as a flower, snail or true hermaphrodite organisms. This is also a sign used for some intersex people that identify themselves as a hermaphrodite. Last, it is the astrological sign of Mercury.
This symbol represents both male and female, together. It is often used to represent intersex people or organisms. Sometimes it is used to symbolize transgender even, but not as common as the symbol below this one. (This is the symbol I use for myself).
This symbol is the common sign used to represent transgender people or even non-binary people.
This symbol is also used for transgender. It is the male symbol with an added stroke sign.
This symbol represents “other gender”. It is a vertical male symbol, with stroke sign. It is also used to represent androgyny.
This symbol is another one used for “other gender”. It is a horizontal male symbol with a stroke sign.
This symbol represents neuter, neutrois, or no gender. It is similar to the Venus Symbol.
This symbol represents genderless, sexless, asexual, neutrois, or neuter. Represents both Venus and Mars. It is the one used on the yellow and purple intersex flag.
This one represents “other gender”.
This one also can be used for nonbinary.
These three symbols below represent non-binary people:
Sexual Orientation Using Gender Symbols:
Female and Male Symbols, or Heterosexual.
Double Female Sign, or Lesbian.
Double male sign, or Gay.
As you can imagine “same gender” or “opposite gender” appearing couples can be any mixture of the above symbols, not just these last three shown above.
For example, to represent the sexual orientation of my husband and me, I would merge these two gender symbols together. I am biologically intersex and he is an endosex, cisgender man. So it would look like this:
Here are some memes I made to make a point about human sexuality and Gender Diversity:
Although I feel there is no specific number of gender symbols, these two memes, above, give insight in a way few think about. Human sexuality goes far beyond hetero-normative cisgender people when intersex and transgender people are given human rights and are allowed to exist and live Free and Equal.
Below is a more comprehensive image of more symbols (borrowed from http://www.reddit.com):
Here is a blog that I wrote that teaches about the biological creation of some forms of intersex bodies:
Here I write about the sexual orientation of my husband and me:
Intersex people have natural bodily variations. To read more about me and my form of intersex variation go here: About Mx. Anunnaki Ray
UNITED NATIONS’ FREE & EQUAL message about intersex people:
Here is the United Nations’ INTERSEX FACT SHEET.
Here is the United Nations’ Fact Sheet for LGBT Rights
These Human Rights Organizations and many more say it is time to Stop nonconsenting, unnecessary, cosmetic genital corrective surgeries on intersex children.
Here are two interesting articles about history that explain how there were Six Genders in Classical Judaism and Eight Genders in Talmud: More Than Just Male and Female: The Six Genders in Classical Judaism and The 8 Genders of the Talmud.
Here is a related blog I wrote: Can We Really Identify All the Genders Out There
You can read about The Intersex Flag here.
Below are Ten Categories of Human Sexuality:
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