Gender & Sexuality dictionary


[an-droh-sek-shoo-uh l]

What does androsexual mean?

Someone who is androsexual identifies as being attracted to masculinity or male anatomy, regardless of whether the object of one's affection identifies as a man.

Related words

pansexual, omnisexual, polysexual, holosexual, demisexual, queer, nonbinary gender, genderflux, cis

Where does androsexual come from?

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With the prefix andro- coming from Greek for “man,” androsexual is a sexual orientation that describes someone who is attracted to men or male body parts, regardless of whether that person identifies as male. Examples include someone who is transgender or a cisgender female who presents as male. This means that heterosexual women and homosexual men can be considered androsexuals. However, the term is especially meant to describe attraction to masculinity in nonbinary or genderqueer persons.

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The term appeared as early as 1997 in a Usenet post by user Starchild0 while exploring her sexual identity after transitioning to female. The term appeared on Urban Dictionary in 2014, roughly four years before its counterpart, gynesexual–a sexual attraction to femininity regardless of gender identification–made its way to the site.

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Examples of androsexual

I am fairly certain that I am the only androsexual in the world who really doesn't find Jason Momoa all that attractive.
@frostopher, November 2018
Androsexuality is the sexual attraction to masculine people. The difference between being “gay” or “straight” and being androsexual is that there might be someone who is a woman but has a very masculine style or [demeanor], but they would still be attracted to this person. The same goes for a man who is more feminine, an androsexual person would probably not be attracted to them.
Kendall George, The Orion, November 2017
Dr. Irwin says androsexual is a more specific label, although there may be straight women who identify that way. "It’s a bit dangerous to classify people into a category that they don’t self-identify with so I would tend to shy away from that. Self-identity is super powerful and salient for people, so I would say labels that we adopt as individuals should be used if at all possible."
Carina Hsieh, Cosmopolitan, September 2017

Who uses androsexual?

Androsexual is also sometimes referred to as androphilia, with the Greek-based suffix –philia meaning “love of.”  The terms are frequently used by people self-identifying as androsexual or as part of more general conversations on gender and sexuality.

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