Androsexuality and Gynesexuality: what is it?

If Henry Cavill is attractive to you as a heterosexual male, you may be “androsexual.” Andro what? The term basically means that you are turned on by masculinity. If you are more sensitive to ultra-feminine vibes a la Monica Belluci, it is possible that you are gynesexual, that is, a person who is attracted to femininity.

Simply put, the terms “gynesexual” and “androsexual” both describe sexual orientations, as do “homosexual”, “heterosexual” or “asexual” or “pansexual”.

Also, “a person is androsexual if they are attracted to men or masculinity. Someone is gynesexual if they are attracted to women or femininity,” explains Elizabeth Boskey, doctor of philosophy and renowned sexuality educator.

Why not straight or gay?

At first glance, the terms may seem a bit redundant. For example, if you’re a woman who is attracted to women, being a gynesexual is technically the same as being a lesbian. In many cases, yes. But in order to say that you are a lesbian, you have to identify yourself as a woman.


“So if you don’t feel comfortable identifying with a particular gender, the terms androsexuality and gynesexuality have been developed to describe the attraction that relates to the person to which a person is attracted, rather than the sex of the person. the person who declares their attraction,” says Boskey.

Basically, you can identify as androsexual or gynesexual regardless of your gender and sexuality.

For example, “androsexual would be the perfect term for a woman (or man) who doesn’t identify as cisgender (the gender that matches his sex at birth) or transgender, but instead thinks that Hugh Jackman is sexy,” says Boskey.

Are these terms only for non-binary people?

These are terms for everyone! “Especially because identifying yourself as androsexual or gynesexual can be a useful way to describe the type of person you are attracted to, regardless of your gender identity,” says Lawrence Siegel, doctor of philosophy, certified sex therapist, sex educator and director of education and training at the Sage Institute for Family Development.

A gynesexual person may not be attracted to all cisgender women—they may be hyper attracted to particularly feminine women and have no attraction to women with more masculine features. They may also have a soft spot for androgynous men with feminine qualities.

Likewise, “being androsexual can mean being attracted to cisgender men, but it can also mean being attracted to transgender men, masculine women, or non-binary male individuals,” Boskey says. It’s clearer isn’t it?

Do people really use these terms? !

Absolutely!!! The terms androsexual and gynesexual capture attraction in a way that isn’t entirely accurate for straight people and gays, but they are especially popular among people who are not cisgender.

Indeed, people of neutral gender, people of fluid gender, people with a semi-gender (transgender people) and non-binary people use these terms because they represent reality. You too can start using them if you hang out with non-binary people. It would be a way of validating them and assuring them that you accept them and that you are trying to understand them.