An androgynous person has both, female and male features. According to Plato, they used to exist three sexes, females, males and androgynous.
This primitive beings had two faces in one head, also four ears … They used to feel so powerful that they tried to climb the Olympus and challenge Zeus, so he decided to teach them a lesson, tearing them apart. So he split them in halves.
Here is an extract of Plato’s theory:
“Each of us, when separated, having one side only, like a flat fish, is but, the identure of a man, and is always looking for his other half….and when one of them meets with his other half, the actual half of himself……..the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy, and one will not be out of the other’s sight, as I may say, even for a moment; these are the people who pass their whole lives together; yet they could not explain what they desire of one another. For the intense yearning which each of them has for the other does not appear to be the desire of lovers’ intercourse, but of something else which the soul of either evidently desires and cannot tell, and of which she has only a dark and doubtful presentiment.”
Plato, “The Symposium,” Benjamin Jowet, trans., Great Books of the Western World, Chapter 7, page 157.
So why does androgynous features fascinates us?
I think it’s because it has the strenght of the male ones and the sensuality of the female at the same time. Women feel secure about their masculine side and viceversa.
Another beautiful contradiction that has inspired fashion since forever:
First the Ck One advertisement, this fragrance is intended to be used by both, men and women:
Now some androgynous fashion icons:
Eugeniy Sauchanka and David Chiang
How do you feel about androgyny?