Gender of Santa’s Reindeer

The headline drew me in: “Experts Debate Gender of Santa’s Reindeer.” I’ve looked at multiple Christmas cards today, and it really is impossible to tell the gender from the drawings–the reindeer are pretty bare where genitalia should be. Let’s look at the names; at first glance they are fairly gender neutral (except Rudolph, and he’s an add-on);
Dasher
Dancer
Prancer
Vixen
Comet
Cupid
Donder
Blitzen
The names were invented by one of two men–Clement Clarke Moore or Major Henry Livingston, although my bet is on Livingston. Either way, it was a man. In spite of that, it turns out that it is likely the reindeer are female, as this Texas A&M expert asserts:
“Santa’s reindeers were really females, most likely,” said Alice Blue-McLendon, a veterinary medicine professor specializing in deer who cites the depictions of Santa’s helpers with antlers as the primary evidence. It turns out reindeer grow antlers regardless of gender, and most bulls typically shed their fuzzy protrusions before Christmas.”
I knew it! I’m leaving extra alfalfa!

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4 responses to “Gender of Santa’s Reindeer

  1. What about Vixen? I’d say that’s clearly a female name.

  2. Good point, careful reader! More evidence!

  3. I’d say Prancer sounds more like a stage name for a male reindeer drag queen.

  4. OK–maybe Prancer is a boy, but the rest are girls.

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