autogynephilia

n. (from analogy with the controversial paraphilia)

  1. Internet. A penchant in a male user for using a female avatar, especially in a context where one identifies with it (that is, where one roleplays rather than toons it).

I’ve been making T-shirts and frobs, and working on my avatar(s). Here’s the current state of the female one, showing off a T-shirt that longtime weblog readers may recognize (the word from, anyway; I decided to bow to convention and put an “e”, rather than an “o”, after the “yn”)…. —David Chess, “Monday, December 11, 2006”

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