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What is an Androgyne?



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"Androgyne (noun): a person whose gender identity is not exclusively male or female and who may or may not also be intersex." (IFAS, February 2002, modified by MDJ in 2015.) An androgyne is a type of transgender person who might or might not also be intersex. 'Androgyne' comes from ancient Greek and Latin, where andr- means man and gyné- means woman. The modern word 'androgyne' refers to how a person thinks of themself.


"Intersex person: a person born with reproductive organs, genitalia and/or sex chromosomes that are not exclusively male or female." (IFAS, February 2002, modified by MDJ in 2015.) Most intersex people are not transgender. That is, most intersex people have a gender identity which is exclusively male or female.


Please be aware that the terminology in this area is in a constant state of flux. There are dozens of terms with no universally-agreed definitions, including all the gender terms used above (that is, including male, female, transgender, gender identity, androgyne, and intersex).


Estimates and study results on the incidence of intersex conditions vary widely between 0.02 per cent and 2.00 per cent of the population. In Australia that is anywhere from 4,000 to 400,000 people. Most intersex people are perfectly healthy. Most are unaware of their intersex status and require no medical or other treatment.


The honorific or personal title 'Mx' or 'Mix' is an abbreviation for 'mixture' and should be pronounced as 'mix'. 'Mx' is recognised by (Australian) Federal government agencies and many private firms such as banks. Since 2002 most of my mail, including bills, financial statements etc, has arrived addressed to Mx Margaret Jones. I respond to female pronouns, so please use 'she' and 'her,' or the singular they (and them, their, theirs, themself).


There are other courtesy titles and personal pronouns used by transgender people such as 'Kai' and 'Per.'


The precise cause for me being an androgyne is not proven, but I suspect in utero exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES) as I have a list of features consistent with exposure to an artificial oestrogen. None of these features is a health concern in my case.


Special Note: in classical music circles you may one day come across other M D Joneses. One M Jones also did a MusB at the University of Western Australia (UWA), in guitar and other fretted instruments. Another also has a Bachelor of Music in composition, from somewhere in the eastern states (of Australia).


For more information on androgynes and intersex people, see these web sites:


Androgyne sites:

My BLOG: www.mixmargaret.com/blog/category/trans-androgyne/
Including this post: Facebook now has 50 genders

My piano solo composed when I was 15/16 years old:
Androgyne Prophecy (1977)


My favourite email list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Intersex-Androgynous

Another androgyne email list: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/androgynes

Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Androgynous

People affected by diethylstilbestrol in utero or neo-natally (DES is an artificial oestrogen):

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/des-sons
Outstanding book on endocrine (hormone) disruptors
with a foreword by former USA Vice President Al Gore (1996):
www.ourstolenfuture.org/

Major intersex sites:

https://oii.org.au/

www.vicnet.net.au/~aissg/
www.isna.org/

A brief history of advocacy, support, activisim and legislative changes in WA:

watgtsis-history-western-australia.html
Working towards a gender centre for Perth:
perth-umbrella-group-2003.html 

Infant (or Intersex) Genital Mutilation (IGM): email to and from the Minister for Health:

igm-kucera-2002.html

TransWest: the Transgender Association of Western Australia (Inc.):

www.transwest.org.au

The International Foundation for Androgynous Studies (IFAS):

www.gendercentre.org.au/documents/polare/Polare-80.pdf (see page 41 of the PDF)

Other trans* people and trans* stories in the media:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_gender#Australia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_MacFarlane

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norrie_May-Welby

...dailytelegraph.../norries-a-real-agenda-bender-androgynous-activist...

..abc.net.au..2014-04-02/high-court-to-rule-on-norrie-gender-neutral-fight...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Intersex_Forum (the authors of this seem to be unaware of previous international intersex meetings in the 1990s and early 2000s in Perth, Western Australia, and in the USA and the UK).


BRAIN  AUTOPSY  STUDIES  showing that a sense of being a man or a woman is reflected in brain structure. The subjects included some transsexuals. The results remain controversial. Unfortunately, no androgyne or intersex brains had yet been studied at that time:

A Sex Difference in the Human Brain and its Relation to Transsexuality (1997):  Link down. Try Google.

Male-to-Female Transsexuals Have Female Neuron Numbers in a Limbic Nucleus (2000):

http://jcem.endojournals.org/cgi/content/full/85/5/2034

Sexual Differentiation of the Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminalis in Humans May Extend into Adulthood (2002):

www.jneurosci.org/cgi/content/abstract/22/3/1027


Page first uploaded to old site 20030128. A few links added subsequently.


The original IFAS defnitions of androgyne and intersex in February 2002, which I have since modified above, were:

"Androgyne: a person whose gender identity is not exclusively male or female and who may or may not have an intersex condition." (IFAS, February 2002.)

"Intersex: a condition where a child is born with reproductive organs, genitalia and/or sex chromosomes that are not exclusively male or female." (IFAS, February 2002).


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