Androgyne is an identity under the non-binary umbrella. It is described as being simultaneously male and female or in between male and female, or as being simultaneously masculine and feminine or in between masculine and feminine. Some androgyne individuals also identify as bigender, with one masculine gender and one feminine gender, while others may identify as a single gender that is somewhere in between man and woman or masculine and feminine, but not completely one or the other. Some androgyne individuals also feel a connection to neutrality.
Androgyne should not be confused with bigender, which is a term used for people who identify as two genders, and those genders do not have to be male and female. Androgyne individuals strictly identify as male and female, in their gender identity, gender presentation, or both.
One does not necessarily have to feel equal amounts of masculinity and femininity. For example, one could feel 80% feminine and 20% masculine and still be androgyne. For some androgyne individuals the amount of masculinity and femininity they feel can be fluid.
Historically androgyne, or androgynous, was used interchangeably with intersex, however it's now recognized that that is not accurate. Not all intersex individuals are androgyne and vice versa. Some individuals may use androgyne interchangeably with non-binary or genderqueer, although this is not completely accurate.
Androgyne should not be confused with androgynous. Androgynous is a gender presentation where someone presents with a mix of masculine and feminine features or in a gender neutral way. Not all androgyne individuals will present androgynously, and not all individuals who present androgynously are androgyne. Androgynous is a quality that a gender or gender presentation can have, but it is not a gender on its own.
- Femandrogyne: Feminine leaning androgyne.
- Mascandrogyne: Masculine leaning androgyne.
- Neutrandrogyne: Equally masculine and feminine androgyne.
- Versandrogyne: Androgyne with changing amounts of masculinity and femininity.
- Fluandrogyne: Androgyne with fluid aspects making up one's gender identity.
It is uncertain who coined the term and when, however the term has been around since as early as 1918 or before. Brochures about transgenderhood and transgender identities from the 1980s define the term androgyne as "A person who can comfortably express either alternative gender role in a variety of socially acceptable environments".
Flags and Symbols
The androgyne flag has three vertical stripes, pink representing femininity and womanhood, blue representing masculinity and manhood, and purple representing androgyny, a mix of the two. The flag was created by Tumblr user saveferris on or before July 24, 2014.
The alternate androgyne flag was created by DeviantArt user Pride-Flags on August 24, 2015. Black and white represent how androgyne, while it is a non-binary gender, is somewhat more binary than other identities. It weaves between male and female comfortably, and doesn’t tend to stray beyond the binary, unlike other identities. Blue represents masculinity, be it identity-wise or aesthetically. It represents the masculine traits that androgyne individuals possess, as well as those who are on the more masculine side of the identity. Pink represents femininity, identity-wise or aesthetically. It represents the feminine traits that androgyne individuals possess, as well as those who are on the more feminine side of the identity. Purple represents a comfortable blending of masculinity and femininity to make the unique identity that androgyne individuals are. Purple also represents androgyne being a non-binary identity.
Another alternate androgyne flag was created by Milith Rusignuolo on July 2, 2015. Raspberry and green represents androgyne individuals whose position on the gender spectrum changes, or who use the term interchangeably with other terms. Mulberry represents femandrogyne individuals, or androgyne individuals who are more feminine than masculine. Purple represents versandrogyne or neutrandrogyne individuals, who are neither more feminine nor more masculine. Blue represents mascandrogyne individuals, or androgyne individuals who are more masculine than feminine.
Another alternate androgyne flag was created by wrennnnnnnnn and post on r/QueerVexillology on June 19, 2020. Orange is used as a lesser known masculine color, one that doesn't play off of the pink vs. blue aesthetic. Purple, similarly, is an alternate feminine color. The white in the middle represents an absence of gender, same as on the genderqueer and non-binary flags. The Necker Cube is used in the middle as an androgyne symbol. The teal is a mixture of two colors, both gendered on opposite sides of the binary.
Another androgyne flag was created by emsydacat on August 1, 2021. There are two thinner stripes of equal size, which are pink, representing femininity, and blue, representing masculinity, and one thick purple stripe, representing a mix of the two, as well as neutrality. Emphasis is put on the purple stripe through the difference in size to represent how androgyne individuals fall between masculine and feminine, rather than being one or the other.
The seventh flag was created by an unknown user on or before the 11th of November 2021.
Other symbols of androgyny include the the Necker Cube. In was proposed as a symbol in 1996 by an androgyne individual, Raphael Carter, due to it's ambiguous geometric shape. Carter says "because it is either concave or convex depending on how you look at it."
Another androgyne symbol is a mix of the male (Mars) and female (Venus) gender symbols (U+26A8 ⚨). This symbol is most commonly sighted as the androgyne symbol, but it is sometimes used for intersex. It can be shown pointing in any direction (U+26A6 ⚦ or U+26A9 ⚩), and the direction is sometimes used to distinguish androgyne and intersex. It is unknown who created this symbol and when. It is also the alchemical symbol for iron sulfate.
Androgyne is a combination of the Greek words "andro-" meaning male, and "-gyne", meaning female.