Androgyny, is a term that has for some time become more common in our daily lexicon as it fully falls under gender descriptions. Although it is not used in science and does not in any way refer to the modes of reproduction or sexual orientation, it is still used to indicate in an individual the coexistence of external aspects, features or behaviors of both sexes.
What exactly does it mean?
The term Androgyny means two concepts: the blending of feminine and masculine characteristics into a single being, or a way to describe something that is neither masculine nor feminine.
Therefore, a person who feels a combination of both male and female cultural characteristics. This means that an androgynous person identifies and defines himself as possessing different levels of feelings and behavioral traits that belong to both sexes.
To describe himself or herself, the androgyne can also use the terms “ambigender” or “polygender“, but they can also identify themselves as agender or genderless, or between genders, gender neutral, genderqueer, multigender, intergendered, pangender or genderfluid.
This fluidity, in fact, is so welcomed, that more and more often large companies consciously decide to leave the individual free to indicate male, female or neutral gender, in order not to subject anyone to discrimination.
According to the American psychologist Sandra Ben, known for her pioneering work in the field of gender studies, on gender polarization and androgyny, androgynous men and women are more flexible, therefore less rooted in the mental conception that wants a clear separation between the male poles and feminine.
This, which today appears to be a revolutionary concept and in contrast to the archaic assumptions of the past, actually marries the classical literature perfectly which leads back to the figure of the Androgyne as a formulation of the coexistence of all attributes, including therefore also sexual ones, in the divine unity and in the perfect man of the origins, as we find for example in Plato in the Symposium.
A character described as “coincidentia oppositorum“, the perfect union of opposites. Furthermore, in the dialogue, Aristophanes narrates of a third gender, not a son of the Sun like men, not a son of the Earth like women, but a son of the Moon, which participates in the nature of both.
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