Saturday, May 18, 2013

Sex and gender

Sex is a biological characteristic: a person or an animal may be male or female.

Gender is a grammatical term: a noun or adjective can be masculine or feminine.

Nowadays, many people seem afraid of using the word "sex", so they use "gender" as a euphemism for it.

An extreme example of this is the notion of "gender-friendly" workplaces, which is trendy gobbledygook for "workplaces where women are treated equally with, or better than, men". This is nonsense, because if gender includes male and female persons, then "gender-friendly" would mean "favourable to all".

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