Sunday, November 23, 2008

THE ANDROGYNE (The Third Gender Classification)

An androgyne in terms of gender identity, is a person who does not fit cleanly into the typical masculine and feminine gender roles of their society. They may also use the term ambigender to describe themselves. Many androgynies identify as being mentally "between" woman and man, or as entirely genderless. They may class themselves as non-gendered, gender-neutral, a gendered, between genders, Inter gendered, bi gendered or, gender fluid.

Androgyne was once used as a synonym for hermaphrodite, a term since replaced by the word inter sex.

Prof. Sandra Bem's work on androgyny preceded the current widespread use of the term as a gender identity, and uses the term more in terms of character traits than core gender identity. She considers an androgynous balance of traits to be desirable, stating that those who are able to draw on both traditionally masculine and feminine emotions and behaviors are best able to cope with life's challenges in a well-rounded way.

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