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    The original candygender flag by crescairis.
    An alternate candygender flag by crescairis.

    Candygender is a xenogender and an aesthetigender that relates to candy in some way, whether that be through literal or metaphorical means. It has been recoined repeatedly, and defined in numerous different ways, so its definition may be presented in many variations. The first found mention of candygender did not contain a definition, making this term even more difficult to adequately define.

    Some may also relate to the term candygender strictly as a gastrogender related to candy. However, this definition more closely mirrors the term candyic.

    This gender is, broadly, often associated with sugar, sweetness and/or child-related themes. Its definitions include (in the order they were coined):

    1. A gender that can be either sweet and innocent or sour and angry.
    2. A gender which is sweet and fluffy. This gender is usually regarded as childish, but it doesn’t have to be. It has a dreamlike and frilly quality.
    3. A gender related to sweet things, bright colors, and kidcore/nostalgia.
    4. A gender based around sweets and candies. A gender that feels sugary and fun in nature. An alternate name for this term is sweetgender.
    5. A gender identity for neurodivergent people (mostly autistics and people with delusions, though any neurodivergent person can use it) that's connected to candy. Generally associated with sugar and sweetness, though it can also be bitter, rich, or any other way candy tastes. Under this definition, candygender would be considered a neurogender.

    History and Flags

    • Candygender was originally coined on June 9th, 2020, by Tumblr user crescairis, who provided two flags for the term on the same day. This post did not contain a definition of candygender.[1]
    • On June 25th, 2020, the term was recoined with a different definition by Tumblr user mogai-supporter-69001, a self-admitted pedophile supporter. They defined candygender as: "a gender that can be either sweet and innocent or sour and angry".[2]
    • On or before August 13th, 2020, the term was recoined by Tumblr user mogaibun as: "a gender related to sweet things, bright colors, and kidcore/nostalgia". [3] As the original post has since been deleted, the only remaining record of this coining exists in the form of reblogs.
    • On or before August 26th, 2020, the term was recoined again by an anonymous Tumblr user, who defined the term as: "a gender which is sweet and fluffy. this gender is usually regarded as childish, but it doesn’t have to be. Candygender has a dreamlike and frilly quality." This user has since privated their account, leaving the only remaining record of this to exist through reblogs.[4]
    • On March 1st, 2021, Tumblr user bloodsmogaispot recoined the term again with another new definition and flag. The term was defined here as: "Sweet/Candygender !! A gender based around sweets and candies ! A gender that feels sugary and fun in nature." [5]
    • On or before April 6th, 2021, candygender was recoined again by Twitter user puzzleships, who defined candygender as: "a gender identity for neurodivergent people ( mostly autistics and people with delusions, though any neurodivergent person can use it ) that's connected to candy. generally assiociated with sugar and sweetness, though it can also be bitter, rich, or any other way candy tastes!"[6][7][8]
    • On or before August 11th, 2021, an alternative candygender flag was designed by Tumblr user zoomiegender.[9] As the user has since deactivated the original account and moved to a new URL, the original flag post has been lost, existing only in the form of reblogs and archives.
    • On November 6th, 2021, Tumblr user gender-funky posted an alternative candygender flag, describing it as an oversaturated version of the "original" candygender flag, though the version they were referring to was unclear.[10]

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