Updated: 8:29 PM UTC, Jul 16, 2017

Gender Symbols - Where Do They Come From?

The two original gender symbols are derived from astronomical symbols. They were first used to denote the effective gender of plants by Carolus Linnaeus in 1751.

The signs designate the masculine gender (a circle with an arrow going from the top to the right) and the feminine sign (a circle with a cross towards the bottom). In ancient times, these symbols designated Mars, the Roman god of war (known in Greek mythology as Ares) and Venus, goddess of love and beauty (Aphrodite in Greek mythology ).

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