The idea just threw itself at me. I can’t believe it took me this long to realize!
My dragons are fully functioning intersex. Or really the species is technically hermaphroditic.
Hermaphroditism occurs in animals where one individual has both male and female reproductive parts. Invertebrates, such as earthworms, slugs, tapeworms and snails, are often hermaphroditic. Hermaphrodites may self-fertilize or may mate with another of their species, fertilizing each other and both producing offspring. Self fertilization is common in animals that have limited mobility or are not motile, such as barnacles and clams.
My dragons are not capable of self fertilization, but have all the sexual parts.
A dragon will take position and action based on the choice of whether it carries the egg or not. Generally only one carries an egg and the decision who is the carrier is decided before they begin. The egg carrier does not have to be the one who claims female gender or mother position.
Normally my dragons do not act in dragon form since it requires more work. Transformation allows for as minimal as a touch to set off a pregnancy. It also allows for as much play as the environment allows for switching looks and body parts as needed and desired by both parties.
Gender is another category all together. Gender for my dragons is based on a number of things. Most consider themselves non binary unless they are seeking a child. If they wish to be the main caregiver, they pick female. If they wish to be the secondary caregiver- or absent- they pick male. When a dragon genders another dragon, it normally references “I want you to care for my child” or “I want to care for your child”. It’s a general suggestion to not gender dragons unless they’ve asked you to.
There is another level to the gendering for dragons: the titles. Mother and Father are positions. To earn the title, the dragon must have a gender chosen to say they are aiming for a particular one. A dragon cannot gain the title of Prince or Princess until they chose a gender. If they switch gender (for ANY reason), they lose their title and have to re-earn it.
If a dragon wishes to aim for Mother, they must pick female. It is saying they are open to care for ALL the children. Father is more caring for the adult interactions and keeping the general upkeep of the world intact.
Fae will reference the Mother and Father as Queen and King. Normally in fear versus respect, but both can happen.
It’s like a weight off my shoulders to fully grasp the sex and gender of my created species. As I move forward with knowledge on it, I’ll expand on the topic.
This is so much fun!!!