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Leia Organa and Han Solo, respectively female and male 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 genders existed in the galaxy.[1]

Biological and cultural significanceEdit

Traditionally, males acted as a father figure, who provided, cared for, and defended their partner from other males or predators.[source?] Many Sentient and non-sentient species had male and female sexes, with many biological and childbearing similarities between the two. Humans and other humanoid 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 her lifetime, or give birth to several at once. Complications during pregnancy could be disastrous for the mother, 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 acted as the caregiver for the child, and took care of the male in his efforts to protect the family.[source?] As such, the female would be responsible for providing early education and teaching the child the ways of the world.[source?] In developed societies, nanny droids and other supervisors could care for children if their parents were unable to spend enough time with them.[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] Others hatched from eggs, such as the Geonosians, who all came from their hive queen.[6]

Most societies held cultural expectations of what it meant to be a "man" or a "woman." Typically, such expectations 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.[source?] As such, women were generally expected to be submissive, subservient, and loyal.[source?] 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] Misogyny, human ethnocentrism, and xenophobia dominated the Galactic Empire's policies. Despite this, females such as Leia Organa, Mon Mothma, Padmé Amidala and Rae Sloane rose to positions of considerable power and influence within their respective societies.[7][9]

While most individuals exhibited male-to-female attraction, a large minority of the galactic population 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.[source?]

Some viewed sexual encounters as nonbinding, participating in them recreationally. Many in the galaxy considered such lifestyles awkward and strange, and looked down upon those who practiced them.[source?] Despite this, several such individuals existed within 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 humans were cloned from the bounty hunter Jango Fett to form the Grand Army of the Republic, with the beings grown in hatcheries and genetically altered to accelerate their growth rate[11] and be more obedient.[12]

Owing to geopolitical or economic hardship, many male and female members of a variety of species sold themselves as prostitutes or "mistresses" to a variety of clientele. Largely looked down upon, such activities often occurred in areas of ill repute, and could result in exploitation, rape, and slavery. Many who frequented such venues were 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 the Coruscant underworld.[10] To better interrogate a subject, Imperial Loyalty Officer Sinjir Rath Velus often sought to uncover his or her sexual companion.[7]

Droids lacked a biological sex, but some were programmed with a masculine or feminine personality. Thus, even mechanical beings were usually designated he or she.[14]



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