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Androgyny

  • Jacqueline Boles
  • Charlotte Tatro

Abstract

What distinguishes man from woman? Are the differences blurring? What are the characteristics of a healthy PERSON? The answers to these and similar questions concern us all, and we can no longer assume the answers. Our assumptions about the psychosocial nature of man and woman are undergoing transformation and few definitions are advanced for androgyny, the new dualism, or sex role transcendance. Currently, the term “androgyny,” i.e., an equal number of male and female characteristics in the personality, is in vogue. There are several scales which measure it, and numerous studies which examine it. Androgyny has been positively related to other attributes, e.g., creativity and self-esteem. Many people seek to become androgynous; in fact, androgyny may become the est of the 1980s. Yet, the idea of androgyny is more than a fad. The scales which measure it are based on a view of the relationship between masculinity and femininity quite different from the perspective that was employed in creating the familiar scales which measure masculinity and femininity in the past, e.g., the Adjective Check List.

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Gender Identity Consult Clin Psychol Feminine Trait Personal Attribute Questionnaire Fantasy Play 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacqueline Boles
    • 1
  • Charlotte Tatro
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Institute for WomenMiamiUSA

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