Have you ever been wondering, are unicorns boys or girls? In other words, do unicorns have gender? Today, we are going to find the answer!
The Biological Perspective – Are Unicorns Boys or Girls?
First, we have to remember that gender and sex are two different things. Gender is the individual experience of one’s gender; the gender identity. Sex is defined by whether the individual has male or female genitalia. So, sex is only the biological side of things, and that’s what we’re going to talk about first.
Most animals are born with either male or female reproductive organs. Sometimes, an individual can be born with both, and it’s difficult to say if they are male or female.
In some animal species, all individuals are hermaphrodites. For example, most snails are hermaphrodites. This means they have both male and female genitalia, and any two snails of the same species can breed with each other.
Some fish species and most plants are also hermaphrodites. However, mammals are usually not hermaphrodites.
So, what’s the deal with unicorns? They are mammals, but they are also magical creatures. Does that change things?
The thing is, I don’t think anyone has really been able to have a closer look at unicorns’ private areas. We have only few sources of information to rely on, when it comes to unicorns’ genitalia.
This is what we know at the moment: Unicorns are born with both male and female genitalia.
Despite being mammals, unicorns are hermaphrodites. But this still doesn’t answer the question “do unicorns have gender?”. Now we know what unicorns are physically, but how about mentally?
Do Unicorns Have Gender Identity?
This is the next question: Do unicorns have gender identity? They are animals, yes, but they are highly intelligent, magical creatures. Unicorns are able to communicate in advanced way. They are definitely self-aware. Are they aware of their own gender too?
We asked our old friend Hippolyta the unicorn about the matter. This is what she answered (yes, she ):
I have always known I’m a girl unicorn, and my sisters have always been my sisters. My mother has always been my mother and my father has always been my father. Most Unicorns know if they are boys or girls. But if someone doesn’t know, we don’t really care.Hippolyta the unicorn
Based on what Hippolyta the unicorn says, it seems unicorns have gender identity, and most of them know if they are male or female.
The biological side is different, but this doesn’t seem to bother unicorns. And if it does, unicorns can probably magically make their genitalia to match their gender identity.
But I’m not going to ask Hippolyta if that’s the case! Unicorns’ mental capacity easily matches with humans, so you should not ask unicorns certain things, like “how do you pee?”. If it’s rude to ask something from a human, it’s rude to ask it from a unicorn too!
Unicorns and Gender – Magically Complex
Unicorns are magically complex creatures, and that applies to their gender too.
Most unicorns have a gender identity; an inner experience of being male or female. However, unicorns are born with both male and female genitalia. When a baby unicorn is born, the parents don’t exclaim “it’s a boy!” or “it’s a girl!”.
Unicorn names are gender neutral, so unicorn parents don’t need to worry about if the name matches the baby unicorn’s gender or not.
Unicorns might be able to magically change their private parts to match their gender identity, and they probably are. It would be rude to ask if unicorns do that, though, so this will remain a mystery.
What do you think of unicorns’ gender? Was the information on this post surprising to you? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!