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androgyny

[an′dräj·ə·nē]
(medicine)
A form of pseudohermaphroditism in humans in which the individual has female external sexual characteristics, but has undescended testes. Also known as male pseudohermaphroditism.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Androgyny

Hermaphrodites
half-man, half-woman; offspring of Hermes and Aphrodite. [Gk. Myth.: Hall, 153]
Iphis
Cretan maiden reared as boy because father ordered all daughters killed. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 143]
Tiresias
prophet who lived as man and a woman. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 255–256]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Furthermore, the Pre-Raphaelites' determination to disintegrate Victorian gender roles was illustrated in Algernon Charles Swinburne's "Hermaphroditus." In this poem Swinburne attempted to transgress the Victorian binary gender divide by praising the androgyne. He writes, "Beneath the woman's and the water's kiss / Thy moist limbs melted into Salmacis, / And the large light turned tender in thine eyes, / And all thy boy's breath softened into sighs" (Poems 52-5).
Quant au film Pegase de Mouftakir, il semble se distinguer par deux aspects: sa volonte de prolonger l'imaginaire litteraire en situant l'intrigue dans un milieu feodal ou le pere est un seigneur (Seigneur du Cheval!) d'une epoque revolue, et son ancrage dans une vision soufie envoutante proche de l'androgyne spirituel de Hassan al Basri.
Spirits formerly of the divine body Live joined and jumbled obverse and reverse A perfect androgyne self-sufficient Double joy double bristling The past and the future concentrated and the present Open like an infinite arc [...] There's a lunar eclipse on the back of Scorpio The astrologers point out the harmony of the cycle Look within yourself look deep You'll find the leather bag in which the male's face And the female's nape float up front Or inside out they touch each other stretching forth their hands The co-presencing of animal animus recalls another Botticelli work, Mars and Venus, in which Love, awake and conquering, and War, asleep and conquered, cohabit an intimate space of conjugal relations.
Paradoxically, Strathern falls into the trap she warns stridently against, claiming to reject Western stereotypes while shaping a 'dividual androgyne' that seems tailor-made for feminist academics in Europe and the United States.
In this way, Orlando becomes, after four centuries of existence, the perfect androgyne. (5)
Carolyn Heilbrun (1973, xvii-xviii) also reminds us that others have posited Jesus as the penultimate androgyne in Christianity and in Taoism.
"From Symbolism in Loose Robes to the Figure of the Androgyne" also deals with the generational, something with particular relevance to a study of Woolf and fashion, because so much of her rebellion against, and release from, the Victorian modes of the previous generation, she figured through clothes.
But now, sexual identity is a very complex continuum of heterosexual, homosexual (gay and lesbian), bisexual, pansexual, polysexual, asexual, transgendered (transwomen and transmen), transsexual, cross-dresser, transvestite, drag king/ queen, genderqueer, cross-gender, androgyne, pangender, big-ender, ambigender, non-gender, agender, gender fluid, intergender, and autogynephilic.
The figure of Marsyas, like that of Dionysus, Orpheus, and even Christ ("[t]hroughout the ages, the mystical tradition has considered Christ as an androgyne") embodies the "fluid sexuality" of the "amorphous existence" of the child before its adoption of a "'fixed' subjectivity" (51).
The text seems to need this seamless androgynous fantasy to counteract the pedagogical discourse of the nation (i.e., the body allegory); yet a major difference between Saleem's androgyne and the modern nation is that whereas modernist discourses posit a "universal Cogito" but lack a tangible agent ("the nation is an imagined political community" (36) Saleem's androgynous nation, due to its origin in the children's "noise," is not devoid of subjectivity.
Scholars have tended to evaluate the outcome of Hermaphroditus and Salmacis's metamorphosis in one of two ways: either to treat the androgyne, who is the product of the merging protagonists, as characterized by deficiency and lack, or alternatively to regard him/her as a model of plenitude.
I thought her an Androgyne, as in my child-wet dreams, we'd Fly over electric grass, whitelight in Andheri.