Why are all of the Children of the Forest female and all of the White Walkers are male?

Is there a relation between them?

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    Not really sure how we can answer this at this point... we don't have any information from the show...
    – Catija
    Commented May 30, 2016 at 23:28
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    (Spoiler /!) Note that there is a Night's queen mentioned in the book
    – Fabich
    Commented May 30, 2016 at 23:32
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    There is nothing in the show or books that say the Children are all female or anything. They are childlike and ambiguous.
    – cde
    Commented May 31, 2016 at 0:22
  • Yeah, don't think that the premise of this question is correct. There are at least legends of female white walkers in the books, and the CotF aren't all female. We've just seen a very small group of CotF and Others.
    – kuhl
    Commented May 31, 2016 at 1:30
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    @ionstar Wrights, they were turn into Zombies, I mean Wrights, Not Walkers.
    – cde
    Commented Jul 4, 2016 at 9:25

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Regarding White Walkers specifically, my understanding is that they are somehow created by sacrifice of human beings. (This is borne out on the show in the depiction of the creation of the first White Walker.) On the male question, you can look to Craster. Craster sacrifices only male children to the White Walkers. [Note that there is a distinction between "Wights" and the White Walker masters who re-animate them.]

Regarding the Children of the Forest, it does seem as though the TV version only shows females, but @cde 's answer that they are "childlike" and thus "ambiguous" is almost certainly correct.

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