In order to underline the different cultural view on gender and sex within the Ar’Manaan species (and in particular those on Planet Shadow), I’ve created new terms for the definition of a person’s sex. These are based on the creation myths that are a part of Ranqa, where the first creatures crawled or flew out of the waters of creation. Three of them were specifically created with a certain sex definition, so I’ve used those.
Asaana is the name of the first feline creature or “Tigress”, she came out of the water very pregnant with all of the other cat-like ancestors. So, she’s known of as the “womb bearer”, and therefore what we’d call the female sex.
I use the letter “S” to denote the Asaana sex trait (this is because it’s a Ranqa word, and vowels aren’t independent letters like they are in English, so the first actual letter in the word is S.)
Akaan is the name of the first wolf or dog-like creature, or “Wolf”. He had no womb, so he sprayed the area of land and sung/howled offspring into being. So, he’s known as the “penis bearer” and therefore what we’d call the male sex.
I use the letter “K” to denote the Akaan sex trait.
Adaa is the name of the first bird, the “Heron”. Xey produced offspring on xeir own. So xey becomes the “bears both” sex, or what we’d call a hermaphrodite.
I use the letter “D” to denote the Adaa sex trait.
So, a hermaphrodite, has an Adaa sex. A person with a womb has an Asaana sex. A person with just a penis has an Akaan sex. This is all to avoid the confusion in people’s minds between sex and gender, freeing up the gender terms to be only gender.