Ever wondered why ♂ and ♀ represent the male and female gender?


The two standard gender symbols denoting male ♂ and female ♀ are derived from astrological symbols, denoting the classical planets Mars and Venus, respectively. These symbols have been in use since the Renaissance also denoting elements in alchemy, specifically the metals iron and copper. They were first used to denote the effective gender of plants (i.e. sex of individual in a given crossbreed, since most plants are hermaphroditic) by Carolus Linnaeus in 1751

♂ Mars symbol (U+2642 ). The symbol for a male organism or man.
♀ Venus symbol (U+2640 ). The symbol for a female organism or woman.

Numerous variations of gender symbols have been developed in the context of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) culture since the 1990s. Some of these symbols have been adopted into Unicode beginning with version 4.1 (2005).
Mercury symbol.svg From the symbol of Mercury (U+263F ). This symbol is used to indicate a virgin female (for example, in genetic analysis).
⚥ From the female and male symbols (U+26A5 ). Intersex or transgender.
Gendersign.svg Another transgender symbol, a combination of the male and female sign with a third, combined arm representing non-binary transgender people (Unicode: U+26A7 ).
Other gender symbols in Unicode 4.1+:
Double female sign, sometimes used as a female homosexual symbol
Double male sign, sometimes used as a male homosexual symbol
Interlocked male and female sign, occasionally used as a heterosexual symbol
Male with stroke sign, used as a symbol for transgendered.
Vertical male with stroke sign
Horizontal male with stroke sign
Medium white circle base, used as a symbol for asexuality, sexless or genderless
Neuter. This is in fact the shape of the original (medieval) "Venus" symbol (depicting a hand mirror), the additional horizontal bar being of modern date.
Empty set, used for neutrois