One end: Male XLR
The other end: Female XLR
But if I attach this gender-changer to one end of the cable, is it still directional (vs. simply "gendered")? True, most XLR cables have gender for connection. But, aren't the pinouts interchangeable so that there really is no implied "direction" to the cable or the connectors?
EDIT: The fact that the equipment was designed with a standard using Female and Male connectors would lead me to believe that there are, or at least could commonly be wiring differences. But I assumed the gender was simply to help prevent accidentally connecting two instruments or two mixer cables to each other (especially in the case of a powered mic cable).
(Contrast with directional cable where ground is only attached at one end, so that it actually does matter which was the cable is "pointing"?)