Androgynous refers to the act of simultaneously having or showing qualities that are associated with both femininity and masculinity. It can involve behaviors, presentations, and roles which were/are typically culturally associated with being a man and being a woman. Androgynous individuals may also have qualities associated with neutrality. Androgynous can be used as a description of one's gender, one's gender presentation, or both.
Androgynous should not be confused with androgyne. Androgyne is a specific gender that is a mix of male and female and/or masculine and feminine. Androgynous is a quality that a gender can have but is not a gender identity on its own. Genders that are associated with androgyny include: androgyne, femache, eclipsian, lingender, proxangi, etc.
As a gender presentation, androgynous describes a presentation that incorporates some features that are indicative of men and some features that are indicative of women. For example, having facial hair and wearing make-up at the same time. Not everyone with an androgynous gender will present androgynously, and not everyone who presents androgynously will have an androgynous gender. One can present androgynously regardless of gender or sexual orientation. The exact traits and qualities associated with androgyny depend on the culture and time period.
Another definition is showing traits that can be associated with either binary gender. For example, wearing unisex clothes. This form of presentation can also be described as gender neutral. Neutral is often confused with androgynous due to the terms being used interchangeably in society; however, in some cases it is useful to distinguish between the two. Neutral is a term describing something that is not strongly masculine nor strongly feminine, whereas androgynous describes something that is both masculine and feminine at the same time, which can include neutrality but is not defined by it.
The androgynous flag was designed by Mod arco-pluris through the Tumblr blog Beyond MOGAI Pride Flags on January 30, 2019. The flag is based on the feminine and masculine flags by imoga-pride on Tumblr. This flag has no confirmed color meanings. It uses purple, as it is a combination of blue (masculine) and pink (feminine) and is the most common color associated with androgyny.
An alternate androgynous flag was designed by FANDOM user kirbirb on January 7, 2021. This flag has no confirmed color meanings. It uses purple, as it is a combination of blue (masculine) and pink (feminine) and is the most common color associated with androgyny.
An alternate androgynous flag was designed by Discord user emsydacat on August 1, 2021. It is made to resemble an alternate androgyne flag by the same creator. It is a striped gradient of purple that is made up of a mix between the three colors of the androgyne flag (pink, purple, blue), representing how androgynous individuals present with a mixture of features associated with femininity, masculinity, and sometimes neutrality in varying intensity.