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SEX. The physical difference between male and female in animals.
     2. In the human species the male is called man, (q.v.) and the female, woman. (q.v.) Some human beings whose sexual organs are somewhat imperfect, have acquired the name of hermaphrodite. (q.v.)
     3. In the civil state the sex creates a difference among individuals. Women cannot generally be elected or appointed to offices or service in public capacities. In this our law agrees with that of other nations. The civil law excluded women from all offices civil or public: Faemintae ab omnibus officiis civilibus vel publicis remotae sunt. Dig. 50, 17, 2. The principal reason of this exclusion is to encourage that modesty which is natural to the female sex, and which renders them unqualified to mix and contend with men; the pretended weakness of the sex is not probably the true reason. Poth. Des Personnes, tit. 5; Wood's Inst. 12; Civ. Code of Louis. art. 24; 1 Beck's Med. Juris. 94. Vide Gender; Male; Man; Women; Worthiest of blood.

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Well, after the student has learned the sex of a great number of nouns, he is still in a difficulty, because he finds it impossible to persuade his tongue to refer to things as "he" and "she," and "him" and "her," which it has been always accustomed to refer to it as "it.
Let us take him up tenderly, reverently, upon the lowly Shovel, and bear him to his long Rest, with the Prayer that when he rises again it will be a Realm where he will have one good square responsible Sex, and have it all to himself, instead of having a mangy lot of assorted Sexes scattered all over him in Spots.
Here, then, is one difficulty in our law about women, which we may say that we have now escaped; the wave has not swallowed us up alive for enacting that the guardians of either sex should have all their pursuits in common; to the utility and also to the possibility of this arrangement the consistency of the argument with itself bears witness.
Why, I said, the principle has been already laid down that the best of either sex should be united with the best as often, and the inferior with the inferior, as seldom as possible; and that they should rear the offspring of the one sort of union, but not of the other, if the flock is to be maintained in first-rate condition.
He had happened upon one of those delightful friendships without any suspicion of sex in them of which the American girl had the monopoly.
The blows were given by a person of grisly aspect, with a head almost bald, and sunken cheeks, apparently of the feminine gender, though hardly to be classed in the gentler sex.
The emergence of online markets in the sex work industry requires us to rethink how the industry is regulated.
Leonard Sax, executive director for the National Association of Single Sex Public Education, believes the news is long overdue.
Studies have shown that 25 percent of international child sex tourists come from the United States.
Bringing a nationwide debate to Santa Clarita, a group of parents asked the American Civil Liberties Union to step in and change what they say is an abstinence-only sex education curriculum in the area's high schools.
In an enthusiastically perverse manner, joining our nation's cherished "Star-spangled Banner" with a sex act that some would be repulsed by is a wonderfully inspired way to reclaim the basic American values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness--at a time when reactionary forces would like to snatch them away from us.
It views sex as being truly human when it is integrated into a person-to-person relationship based on a lifelong commitment.