Ancient History

The Origin Of The Male And Female Symbols

Excited for the August 21 eclipse? Visit our Eclipse 2017 page to explore the science, history, and myths of the event. The Curiosity team will be viewing the eclipse alongside NASA in Carbondale, Illinois. Follow us on Facebook for live videos, trivia, and interviews on the big day.

The male and female symbols are understood universally, but why? The symbols have actually denoted our sexes for a very long time, and the answer has to do with that old saying, "men are from Mars, women are from Venus." Find out in the following video, then discover more scientific differences between males and females.

Is there something you're curious about? Send us a note or email us at editors (at) curiosity.com. And follow Curiosity on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Male And Female Symbols

The symbols themselves are ancient, and the associations they make date back to the dawn of civilization.

Males vs. Females: Sexual Conflict

Mating involves plenty of competition between the sexes.

If you liked this you'll love our podcast! Check it out on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, search 'curiosity' on your favorite podcast app or add the RSS Feed URL.

Advertisement