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Leia Organa and Han Solo, a female and male example of humans.

Most beings in the galaxy belonged to one of two sexes, or genders (namely male or female), which determined sexual and physiological traits, though more than four known genders existed in the galaxy.[1]

Biological and cultural significanceEdit

Traditionally, members of the male sex acted as a father figure, who provided, cared for, and defended their partner from other males or predators. Sentient and non-sentient species both had male and female sexes, with many biological and childbearing similarities exhibited between the two. Humans and other humanoid-based lifeforms generally reproduced by the coupling of a male and female, from which the female would give birth to male or female children. A female could have multiple children over their lifetime, or give birth to several at once. Likewise, complications during pregnancy could be disastrous for the mother involved, resulting in permanent disability or death. The children inherited the genetic traits of both their parents, and could also inherit force-sensitivity.[2]

In most traditional societies, the female sex acted as the caregiver for the child, and took care of the male in his efforts to protect the family. As such, the female would be responsible for providing early education and teaching the child the ways of the world. In developed societies, children could be given to the care of nanny droids and other supervisors if their parents were unable to spend enough time with their child.[3][4]

Not all species exhibited typical mammalian breeding and childbearing patterns. Some species, such as the Neimoidians, were born as grubs and forced to compete over a limited food supply.[5] While others were hatched from eggs, such as the Geonosians, who all came from their hive queen.[6]

Most societies held certain cultural expectations over the definition of what it meant to be a 'man' and a 'woman.' Typically, such ideas revolved around the idea that men were stronger than women, or at least more capable in the art of warfare, and executing political and intellectual power within the galaxy. As such, women were generally expected to be submissive, subservient, and loyal. Ferric Obdur, chief informational officer of the OIP affectionately called women 'dolls,' and treated them as sexual objects,[7] much like the Hutt gangster, Jabba Desilijic Tiure. Likewise, Rebel General Jan Dodonna chastised Princess Leia Organa for wishing to rescue survivors of Alderaan following the Death Star's destruction.[8] Within the Galactic Empire, pro-male human ethnocentrism and xenophobia dominated its policies. Despite this, some individuals, such as Leia Organa, Mon Mothma, Padmé Amidala and Rae Sloane rose to positions of considerable power and influence within their respective societies, despite being born female.[7][9]

While most individuals exhibited male to female attraction, there also existed a large minority of the galactic population that sexually identified as preferring male-to-male or female-to-female relationships, or both. Some planets, such as Chandrila,[7] were sexually liberal enough for such individuals to make public displays of affection, however most felt awkward, strange, and embarrassed on admitting such facts publicly. Others viewed sexual encounters as non-binding, participating in encounters "just for fun." Many in the galaxy considered such lifestyles "awkward" and "strange," and looked down upon those that practiced it. Despite this, several such individuals existed within the annals of high society, such as Moff Delian Mors.[10][7]

Galactic impactEdit

Throughout galactic history, the human species' ability to rapidly reproduce resulted in its dominance as one of the most populous races in the galaxy.[source?]

During the Clone Wars, male human clones of the bounty hunter Jango Fett were created to form the Grand Army of the Republic, with the beings grown in hatcheries and genetically altered to exhibit an accelerated growth rate,[11] along with higher levels of obedience.[12]

Owing to geopolitical or economic hardship, many male and female members of a variety of species could sell themselves as prostitutes or "mistresses" to a variety of clientele. Largely looked down upon, such activities often occurred in seedy areas of ill-repute, and could result in exploitation, rape, and slavery. Many who frequented such venues were often gamblers, spacers, or spice addicts who lacked stable relationships, or rich and otherwise influential persons, normally in positions of considerable political power.[13][7] The Twi'lek species was largely regarded as one of the most beautiful species in the galaxy, resulting in numerous slavers capturing females from their home planet of Ryloth.[10]

During the reign of the Galactic Empire, the euphemism "off-base, recreation," referred to personnel soliciting cantinas or visiting various "mistresses." Popular locations included the Octagon in Ryloth's capital city, Lessu, or in the Coruscant underworld.[10] Imperial Loyalty Officer Sinjir Rath Velus often sought to uncover ones sexual companion to better interrogate a subject into revealing sensitive information.[7]

Although droids had no sexes, they were sometimes programmed with masculine or feminine personalities to simulate the behavior of a specific sex, thus, even mechanical beings were usually designated he or she.[14]



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