"Androgyne (noun): a person whose
identity is not
exclusively male or female and who may or may not also be intersex." (IFAS, February 2002,
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,
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
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
Estimates and study results on the incidence of
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'
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,
There are other courtesy titles and personal pronouns
transgender people such as 'Kai' and 'Per.'
The precise cause for me being an androgyne is not
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
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
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
People affected by diethylstilbestrol in
neo-natally (DES is an artificial oestrogen):
- Outstanding book
- with a foreword by former
President Al Gore
Major intersex sites:
A brief history of advocacy, support, activisim
legislative changes in WA:
Working towards a gender centre for Perth:
Infant (or Intersex) Genital Mutilation (IGM):
from the Minister for Health:
TransWest: the Transgender Association of
The International Foundation for Androgynous
(see page 41 of the PDF)
Other trans* people and trans* stories in the
(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
a sense of being a
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
Transsexuality (1997): Link down. Try Google.
Male-to-Female Transsexuals Have Female
Sexual Differentiation of the Bed Nucleus of
in Humans May Extend into Adulthood (2002):
Page first uploaded to
site 20030128. A few links added subsequently.
The original IFAS defnitions of
androgyne and intersex in February 2002, which I have since modified
"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