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Main Umbrella: Miaspec
GxG Format: M

Man, also known as guy, dude, or boy (diminutive) is a binary gender. The plural of man is men. It is often associated with masculinity and a connection to boyhood or manhood (as defined in one's society).[1] Men are typically associated with the male sex, but this is not a definitive case as it does not encompass those who are trans men or intersex individuals raised as men.[2] Some non-binary individuals may have a partial connection to being a man/boy or masculinity, in which case they may identify as a non-binary man, man-aligned, and/or miaspec.

Man is a term used for adults, while boy is used for children and teenagers.[2][3] Guy or dude is used as a casual word for men, typically younger men.[4][5] Man is sometimes also used as a synonym to refer to humans and humankind as a whole (mankind), representing all genders within it.[2]

Individuals who are assigned-male-at-birth (AMAB) are often raised with the expectation that they will identify as men, although not all AMAB individuals are male and not all males are AMAB.[6] Identifying as a man is often associated with a masculine gender expression and gender role, however men do not have to present in a masculine manner, nor do all masculine-presenting individuals identify as men. Those that express themselves differently in contrast to their gender identity are referred to as gender nonconforming.

Related Terms

Label Relationship Description Difference
Miaspec Counterpart Miaspec is an umbrella term for anyone on the male/man spectrum. Miaspec encompasses a collection of male/man identities, whereas man is commonly seen as a single gender identity.
Mingender Counterpart Mingender is an umbrella term for all genders which are masculine in nature (MIN). Mingender is for genders that are in some way masculine (even if they are not male or a man in any way).
Non-Binary Similar A gender that is not 100% solely a binary man or woman. A 100% binary man is not considered to be non-binary.
Woman Counterpart A binary gender associated with femininity and a connection to girlhood or womanhood. Woman is the feminine counterpart to man.

Flags and Symbols

The astronomical symbol for Mars is the most common symbol for men (and male individuals). It represents the shield and spear of the Roman god of war. It is also the symbol for iron.[7]

The man flag was created by Tumblr user Trinitinic on December 29, 2017. The dark blue represents individuals who identify fully as men (binary men), light blue represents individuals who identify partially as men, and white represents multigender individuals who have man as one of their genders.[8]


  1. "masculinity". Cambridge Dictionary, Accessed on 30 Apr, 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "man". Cambridge Dictionary, Accessed on 30 Apr, 2023.
  3. "boy". Cambridge Dictionary, Accessed on 30 Apr, 2023.
  4. "guy". Cambridge Dictionary, Accessed on 30 Apr, 2023.
  5. "dude". Cambridge Dictionary, Accessed on 30 Apr, 2023.
  6. Tasnim Ahsan, Saima Ghaus, Shereen Bhutta, Rukhshanda Jabeen, Urooj Lal Rehman, Pregnancy in A Male: A Surprising Late Consequence of Mistaken Sex/Gender Assignment, AACE Clinical Case Reports, Volume 4, Issue 3, 2018, Pages 217-220, ISSN 2376-0605,
  7. NASA/Moore Boeck. "Solar System Symbols". Solar System Exploration, 30 Jan, 2018,
  8. trintinic. "Man Flag". Tumblr, 29 Dec, 2017,