Examples of androsexual
Where does androsexual come from?
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.
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.
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.
I learned this week that I’m “androsexual” in that I’m attracted to masc-presenting people regardless of their gender identity. The feminist in me is throwing her hands up in disgust
— Emma (@ERWillms) November 5, 2018
I’m a little skoliosexual n a lil androsexual. I just like masc trans people what can I say? But also I’m a transmasc person so doesn’t that just make me gay? pic.twitter.com/cDqenWrYpR
— ᴿᵉⁿ 🍁🦃 (@EnbyAlpha) November 1, 2018
I'm a sapiosexual and an asexual not a demisexual or an androsexual or wait😸😸😸I might be a graysexual.😹😹😹uncertainty
— Rash_❤ (@vodka_yaa) January 16, 2019
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