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Number gender: Associating gender with numbers

Updated on September 28, 2011
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A few years back, talking with my wife and some friends, I brought up how I had always labeled numbers with a gender. Each number could either be male or female, and there were the occasional it could go either way. Some agreed that they did the same, while others were baffled by such a weird association. However, I quickly jumped on the internet to prove that I wasn't the only one.

Gender association of numbers is more common than one may think. In fact there was a recent publication about the genders of numbers, even within differing languages. Even more surprising was that its finding coincided somewhat with my thoughts about gender assignment of numbers. I tend to associate more odd numbers as male (insert male jokes here), whereas the even numbers are more associated with females. There are exceptions in my list, and I know that people who tend to think this way don't always agree on the genders.

Here is a shortlist of mine (top ten)

  1. Male
  2. Male
  3. Male
  4. Female
  5. Male
  6. Female
  7. Male
  8. Male
  9. Female
  10. Female

The higher and more numbers mixed in, it becomes increasingly difficult for me to assign a gender, but I can do it for all numbers. Some may just come across as 'gender neutral'.

Why is this?

That is the question, why do some people associate genders with numbers. In a world where gender is clearly defined (though it has blurred some), the association of genders to inanimate objects is societal and quite normal. Think about when people talk about their cars, "Wow, she's a beaut, isn't she?" We assign gender to objects and even numbers and letters because it is in part how we define the world around us. I loved reading this recent article about this very thing, check it out here!

Share what your gender to number assignments are!

I am curious to see what others think about the topic overall, as well as if they do use gender assignment of numbers, what are they? Please share!

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      tlt 20 months ago

      1.male

      2.female

      3.male

      4.female

      5.female

      6.female

      7.male

      8.male

      9.female

      10.male

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      a_total_reject 3 years ago

      1 - Male. Singularity. Specificity.

      2 - Male. Duality. The seer and the seen inextricably linked. Self-consciousness.

      3 - Female. Triplicity. Awareness of self extending to awareness of other. Identity contextualized.

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      HerpDerp 4 years ago

      1- Wise old woman

      2- Mean/arrogant man in his early 20's

      3- male (unsure about personality)

      4- middle aged to elderly woman

      5- young handsome teenage boy

      6- troublesome preteen boy

      7- attractive young woman

      8- Fat guy

      9- Strict 30-ish old woman

      10- friendly middle-aged man

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      Emily 4 years ago

      For me it is...

      1: Girl

      2: Boy

      3: Boy

      4: Girl

      5: Boy

      6: Boy

      7: Boy

      8: Boy

      9: Girl

      0: Boy

      I also do it with letters, days of the week and months.

      Girls: AEFHIKLMNQRUVWXY, February, March, April, May, August and November, Monday and Thursday.

      Boys:Eeverything else

      It's still really vage though, but I'm still trying to work out what they look like and their personallities, though.

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      I'mNotTheOnly1 4 years ago

      01 - Male

      02 - Male

      03 - Female

      04 - Female

      05 - Male

      06 - Female

      07 - Female

      08 - Female

      09 - Female

      10 - Male

      11 - Male

      12 - Male

      13 - Female

      14 - Female

      15 - Male

      16 - Female

      17 - Female

      18 - Female

      19 - Female

      20 - Male

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      moo 4 years ago

      those cultures that believe boys are better than girls really annoy me! it is true, because girls scream and text and love JB.

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      Zee 5 years ago

      Phew! What a relief to know I'm not the only one!

      1 - meek type of man

      2 - young girl

      3 - young girl (2 & 3 are actually friends)

      4 - middle aged man

      5 - fiesty middle aged woman (4 & 5 are not maried but are in a long term relationship)

      6 - mischievous young boy (6 is actually 5's younger brother)

      7 - mischievous young boy (6 & 7 are bosom buddies)

      8 - twenty something woman (loves the men, even though she is in a relationship with 9, she is also 7's older sister)

      9 - twenty something male

      10 - old man

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      cdunny 5 years ago

      I also use to do this as a child. I thought it was strange as I got older and found that few people did the same. I spoke with my brother about it and it is not that uncommon. In fact, for those who have studied romance languages, most everything has a gender association. I can't come up with any good example off the top of my head, but I'm sure that someone reading this can. I always saw the numbers 1,4,5,8,9 and 10 to be masculin, and the numbers 2,3,6, and 7 to be feminine. I'm not really sure, but is is nice to know I am not the only one.

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      Deb Welch 6 years ago

      Thumbs up and interesting Hub. I have named a huge plant of mine Mergatroid - 'Heavens to Mergatroid' - I think it is female - not sure - though. I wouldn't be a normal numbered female in my estimation.

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      Eric 6 years ago

      I think that...

      1 is a girl

      2 is a girl

      3 is a boy

      4 is a boy

      5 is a tomboy

      6 is a boy

      7 is a fine young lass

      8 is one solid dude

      9 is a classy lady

      10 is also fellow