Unicode Sex Symbols ♂ ♀ ⚤

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Note About Sex Symbols and Their Meaning

Unicode assign each character a name. Typically, when a symbol has one universal meaning, Unicode names it by the character's meaning. For example, α is named GREEK SMALL LETTER ALPHA.

However, there are complications. For example, is named PLACE OF INTEREST SIGN, which is its original usage used in maps, but it is more commonly known today as the symbol of Apple keyboard's command key.

〔►see Unicode Keyboard Symbols ⌘ ⏎ ⌫

More examples of Unicode character naming issue:

μ is named GREEK SMALL LETTER MU. But this Greek letter is commonly used to mean “micro” in engineering, and Unicode created another character for micro, this: µ named MICRO SIGN. 〔►see Unicode: Greek Alphabet α β γ

π is named GREEK SMALL LETTER PI, but is often used as math constant for the ratio of circle's circumference to diameter. As of 2017-02-11, there is no separate symbol for math pi.

is named EARTH, used in early astronomy.

was used for Earth in early astronomy, but is named CIRCLED PLUS, since it is used heavily in math. 〔►see Unicode Math Symbols ∑ ∫ π² ∞

is named FEMALE SIGN, but was used in early astronomy for Venus (and was Mars. The male and female usage came later). There's no separate character for Venus. (modern astronomy stopped the practice of using symbols for planets/stars.) 〔►see Astrology Symbols ☿ ♆ ♋ 🌛

When a symbol has multiple uses, and none is outstanding, typically Unicode name the character descriptively, by the shape of the character, or generally without particular meaning.

For example, the name Unicode assigns to the symbol is MALE AND FEMALE SIGN (not intercourse, not transgender, not bisexual, not heterosexual), and is named MALE WITH STROKE AND MALE AND FEMALE SIGN. Not transgender, not pansexual.

Here's more Unicode naming:

In giving a name to these symbols on this page for purposes of sex and sexual preference and relations, I try to give all possible uses. You can find out the name Unicode assigns to a character by hovering mouse over the character.

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