4. Gender

Created: 6 June 2021, 09:18:29 PDT
Last updated: 26 September 2023, 04:09:53 PDT

Fanteles do not have a biological sex, and culturally they do not label their gender or sexuality. However, since they live in close contact with many different species and their culture, many adopt their labels. Some fanteles parents may even assign a gender to their offsprings at birth, like some other species do. They are very open to interspecies relationships. But they can not produce hybrid offspring with other species.


Fainara’s, on the other hand, have two sexes: Spored and Non-Spored. Spored fainaras are culturally associated with roles of providers of their family and roles associated with strength. As it is considered that it takes effort and strength to generate spores. While Non-Spored fainaras are associated with roles of nurturing and taking care of their family.


However, nowadays those expected roles are considered outdated. Many fainaras do not correspond to their expected roles. While some older fainaras may want to stick with their respective cultural roles, as they were used to them, younger fainaras tend to disregard them and act how it makes them happy. Some fainaras do not identify with their assigned sex, wearing fake spores or getting rid of any spores they produce. Fainara society is very accepting of those individuals.


In regards to gender, besides the cultural genders Spored and Non-Spored, many fainaras adopt genders of other cultures. Some mix their cultural gender with foreign genders (for exemple: Spored man, Non-Spored Agender, Spored non-binary, Non-spored genderfluid). The terms cisgender and transgender usually are refered to their cultural gender (so, for example, a fainara with a spored sex and a non-spored gender, will be transgender). 


Some fainaras don’t feel particularly spored or non-spored, and often don’t use those terms, adopting the foreign terms that apply to them. Some use the term ‘sporeless’, ‘spore-indifferent’ or other associated terms to denote this.


In regards to sexuality, it can be used either for their cultural gender or their foreign gender, it depends on the fainara’s preference. So a homosexual spored man fainara could either mean they are attracted to other spored fainaras or to other men. Often it will be referent to their foreign gender, as to include other species.


Interspecies relationships are very common and accepted. However fainaras can only reproduce asexualy via spores.