A is for April and Awesomeness and Androgyny!

AIt’s that time of year again! The April A-Z Blogging Challenge! The idea is that everyday in April – except Sundays – gets a letter and corresponding blog post. While I will endeavour to bring you writerly themed blog posts this month, I think there’ll also be a few posts about movies/TV series and music as well. All awesome I promise!

April is also LGBT+ Month so several A-Z blog posts will incorporate the LGBT+ theme. Even more awesomeness! To kick off today’s A is for… post, I’m talking about androgyny!

Androgyny isn’t so much a gender identity as an aesthetic quality that implies gender ambigiuity. Androgyny is, however, most often associated although definitely not limited to those who identify as genderqueer, genderfluid or intersex. Androgyny typically describes someone who embraces characteristics of both genders, but being androgynous doesn’t automatically make someone queer, lesbian or gay.

There are many famous androgynes. Here are a few of my favourites:

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Katherine Moennig – Actress from The L Word

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Erika Linder – Swedish model of men and women’s clothing

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Andrej Pejic – Australian model of men and women’s clothing

It’s important to remember that androgyny goes beyond cross-dressing and isn’t the same as being trans-sexual or transgender. Androgyny can be an aspect of gender identity, but it can also be an aesthetic choice or simply a certain style of dress.

Personally, I love androgyny. I love seeing gender lines blurred, seeing both masculine and feminine traits simultaneously embraced and expressed, and this is something I enjoy exploring in my writing through various characters. Regardless of my character’s sexual identity, I always try to incorporate some androgynous elements into my protagonists because I find it fascinating and exquisite on both a philosophical and aesthetic level.

So that’s A done and dusted. Check back tomorrow for the letter B!

What are your thoughts on androgyny?

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  • Annie Byrne

    I love seeing gender lines blurred too – the models above are beautiful. I look forward to reading more in the A-Z Challenge 🙂

    • 🙂 Yay! Thanks so much for stopping by. More coming soon…

  • I do enjoy when gender lines are blurred. It takes away the rigidness of characters. I’ve known people that differ on gender, whether being fluid or androgynous. I have often stated that I believe I am a third gender as I don’t feel connected to other males…and I’m definitely not female. So when there are two paths before you, grab a machete and make a third one. That’s a reference to a forest… like chopping trees and vines… and yeah…

    • Absolutely! I really love androgyny because it goes against that binary view of gender: male or female. I’d love for there to be a third gender, or even various genders across the spectrum.

      Thanks for stopping and taking time to comment. Always a pleasure connecting with new readers!

  • Great blog post, and photographs.

    My daughter is an artist and she has a SUPER strong preference to drawing androgynous figures (which I say instead of people because she works in an anime style so they are rarely *just* human LoL). Which, I suppose as far as a comment goes it kinda irrelevant, but I wanted to say something more than ‘great post’ and haven’t had my coffee yet 😉

    • Hahaha *hands Rhonda the coffee pot*

      I adore anime and manga style artwork, particularly because of the androgyny in the characters. That’s also one of the reasons I enjoy the Visual Kei bands and their flamboyance when it comes to gender ambiguity.

      I’d love to see some of your daughter’s art sometimes. Does she have a Tumblr or DeviantArt account?

  • I love this post. I have learnt a new word and its definition. Funny thing is, I think I actually found the term I’ve been searching for that would describe a particular person I know. Looking forward to what B brings tomorrow. x

    • 🙂 Yay! So glad you found this post helpful! Thank you for stopping by!