Do changelings really have gender?

Discussion in 'General Trek Discussion' started by Data's Cat, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. TheSubCommander

    TheSubCommander Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    May 5, 2013
    That was a very good Odo-centric episode, and was a little reminiscent of TNG's The Offspring. It always made me wonder if the Founders actually intended for the infant changeling to die all along, or simply restore Odo's shape shifting ability.
  2. Maj. Kira Nerys

    Maj. Kira Nerys Ensign Red Shirt

    Jul 24, 2013
    I don't think the changelings in the Great Link do have a gender identity. This seems unlikely to me, because they don't exist as individuals there, so how could they have gender?

    But Odo is quite different. He grew up among people with a strong gender identification, so it seems logical that he would develop a gender identity himself if we assume that we are to a substantial part influenced by our environment, not only by genetics.

    Concerning the female Founder - funny to call her that when he haven't even established if she is female - I really think that she was trying to form a relationship with Odo and saw that as the best way. I am also not sure if it was ever mentioned that the Founders were in the habit of taking humanoid form. If they did it very rarely it would make sense that the female Founder would keep the appearance she had taken - similar to Odo - when they met the first time, later when she had to be in humanoid form more often.
  3. _C_

    _C_ Commander Red Shirt

    Feb 26, 2013
    ^It's said they first formed to look like Odo to make him feel welcome, and later kept doing it as a dig to make him uncomfortable.