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To Be Androgynous


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For humans, androgyne in terms of gender identity is a person who does not fit neatly into the typical masculine and feminine gender roles of their society.

Androgynes may also use the term “ambigender” or “polygender” to describe themselves. Many androgynes identify as being mentally between woman and man, or as entirely genderless. They may identify as “non-gender”, “gender-neutral”, “agender”, “between genders”, “genderqueer”, “multigender”, “intergendered“, “pangender” or “gender fluid”.



androgynous  (ān-drŏj’ə-nəs) 

Having both female and male characteristics. 


In my first book “Living Through The Haze” I write about towards the end of my book about how I view myself in terms of gender although I am physically male (male reproductive organs). I identify with both masculine and feminine  and see a neutrality in that respect hence the the word androgynous which I would say I identify with.

Paul Isaacs 2014


Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at

10 thoughts on “To Be Androgynous

  1. Very helpful for many who have similar feelings….and for those who are ‘less aware’ to become MORE aware of gender differences. thank you Paul!

  2. It seems to me many more autistcs are gender fluid (and object to be referred to as “he” of “she”) gay or transgender than are people in the general population. It can also be confusing for people whose autism is unidentified, because they think they feel like outesiders for reasons connected to gender or sexuality, but then find they are outsiders in those communities also due to the autism.

  3. Thankyou, I have found this to be true of most gender variant people I know we all seem to have autism spectrum traits. I also very much identify with your bio sounds like my childhood.

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