Androgyne is a non-binary gender identity associated with androgyny. Androgynes have a gender which is simultaneously feminine and masculine, although not necessarily in equal amounts. Western society currently recognizes no set gender roles for androgynes.
Because androgynes have a non-binary gender identity, they might also identify as genderqueer and/or transgender. Androgynes (as well as any other gender) can be of any sexual or romantic orientation.
Some androgynes are comfortable with their body “as is”, but some experience gender dysphoria and may wish to undergo a physical transition. The degree of physical transition can vary depending on the person: for instance, one androgyne might wish to go on hormone replacement therapy but have no surgical alterations, while another might desire top surgery but no other changes.
In terms of social gender roles, most androgynes feel various degrees of discomfort with the social expectations of the gender binary. Androgynes may use a combination of feminine and masculine clothes to better communicate their non-binary status, but in general there is no “correct” way to present as an androgyne.
The following terms have been suggested to further describe and categorize androgynes:
- femandrogyne – (feminine androgyne) an androgyne who feels more feminine than masculine
- mascandrogyne – (masculine androgyne) an androgyne who feels more masculine than feminine
- versandrogyne (versatile androgyne) or neutrandrogyne (neutral androgyne) – an androgyne who might feel a relatively even mixture of femininity and masculinity, or even none at all