As mentioned earlier, I found the COGIATI, one of the personality tests that helps you find where you are on the road to gender identity. On a scale of -650 (all male) to +650 (ready for surgery), I scored -130 (“You are an androgyne”). I question the validity of some of that, however, because many of the questions require an either-or choice when the true answer is “both” or “neither”. For example, there are a lot of questions that make you choose whether you were/are better at math/science, or spelling/reading/writing. Actually, I excelled across the board academically. Sure, I won lots of spelling bees – but I’m also a science geek with a gift for computer programming. Does that make me androgynous? No, it means I got great genes from my equally smart parents. Likewise, the several questions about identifying a person by voice – there’s no 100% accurate answer to that! It depends on how long I have known the person. Not being able to unequivocally say “yes” or “no” makes me androgynous? Or the “direction a sound is coming from” questions. How loud is it? What if my sinuses are backed up and I can’t hear much of anything? I doubt you could find five “real men” who could pinpoint a sound’s source accurately 100% of the time, but a hesitant “probably, most of the time” moves you further down the scale towards womanhood. That’s just stupid.
I’m not denying a certain amount of androgyny in my personality; I know that as a man who can cry at movies and discuss feelings and spend hours watching my avatar try on dresses in Second Life, I’m not likely to win the Testosterone Prize of the year. I like to deliberately stir people up by blurring the gender lines, so yes, a lot of my conflicting traits are the very definition of androgyny. What I object to is being placed in that category on the basis of totally arbitrary and irrelevant standards.
Now having said that, the author of COGIATI herself expends a great deal of frustration at people who have just my type of criticism about the test – you can read the whole thing here: http://www.transsexual.org/wordoncogiati.html
Now having said THAT, there’s an excellent article on why these personality tests are about as reliable as horoscopes and fortune cookies: http://www.tsroadmap.com/mental/gendertests.html