Definition of Androgyny
Examples of Androgyny
- Musicians David Bowie (1947–2016) and Annie Lennox (born 1954) incorporated androgyny into their stage personae.
- American English – /an-drAHj-uh-nee/
- British English – /an-drOt-ji-nee/
International Phonetic Alphabet
- American English – /ænˈdrɑdʒəni/
- British English – /anˈdrɒdʒᵻni/
- Plural: androgynies
- Androgyny is sociologically problematic because it does not fit neatly into the binary of male and female and what “male” and “female” characteristics are varies by culture and society. In this regard, androgyny poses problems for data accumulation and analysis. However, gender differences and expressions are important to acknowledge when inquiring into the unique experiences of individuals.
- Biological androgyny is called intersexuality, a congenital condition in which external genitalia and internal sex organs have both male and female characteristics.
- Intersexuality was once called hermaphroditism (also called hermaphrodism) but this term is now considered offensive.
- Also called:
- An individual displaying androgyny is an (noun) androgyne and is (adverb) androgynously or (adverb) androgenously expressing (adjective) androgynous behavior.
- Sex and Gender Resources – Books, Journals, and Helpful Links
- Word origin of “androgynous” – Online Etymology Dictionary: etymonline.com
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- Wulff, Mary Beth, and Jean A. Steitz. 1997. “Curricular Track, Career Choice, and Androgyny among Adolescent Females.” Adolescence 32(125):43–49.
Crooks, Robert, and Karla Baur. 2014. Our Sexuality. 12th ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
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ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “androgyny.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved February 27, 2021 (https://sociologydictionary.org/androgyny/).
APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)
androgyny. (2013). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/androgyny/
Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
Bell, Kenton, ed. 2013. “androgyny.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed February 27, 2021. https://sociologydictionary.org/androgyny/.
MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)
“androgyny.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2013. Web. 27 Feb. 2021. <https://sociologydictionary.org/androgyny/>.