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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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Transsexual-People who feel that their gender identity is something other than their biological sex.
Biological sex relates to one's anatomical and reproductive structures.
Filax begins by analyzing the cultural impact of the medical category Gender Identity Disorder (GID) as listed in the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders, the official listing of mental illness published by the American Psychiatric Association, which serves as a guide for experts to psychopathologize youths whose behavior doesn't correspond to their biological sex.
In addition, she considers gender and biological sex, bodies, identity, sexuality, and marriage.
The second approach would conceive of "sex" in its broadest, most meaningful sense, encompassing not just biological sex but also gender, gender expression, and gender identity.
Activists added language that gave people, regardless of biological sex, the freedom to decide which bathroom, locker room or shower room they felt most comfortable entering.
Transsexual adults often request hormone and surgical treatments to suppress their biological sex characteristics and acquire those of the opposite sex.
She ends on a note of warning, familiar by now in the book, that identification of female voices with biological sex and cultural prescriptions is a misreading and requires a fresh way of reading gendered voices in the Renaissance.
Another especially noteworthy offering comes from literary critic Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, who argues lucidly and persuasively, in one of the volume's most theoretically sophisticated offerings, that Puritans were perfectly comfortable attributing aspects of female anatomy to male ministers and converts because for Puritans gender functioned less as a sign of biological sex than as a symbol of divine hierarchy.
One strategy to remedy the previously limited practice of career counseling is to make counseling available to everyone regardless of race, color, creed, affectional preference, or biological sex.
The Evangelical Alliance argues that transsexuals change their gender but not their biological sex, and therefore cannot be allowed to enter into marriage, a lifelong exclusive partnership between a man and woman.
Lacan's theory here merges with culturally dominant gender-power structures and biological sex such that the symbolic phallus is "le signifiant privilegie de cette marque off la part du logos se conjoint a l'avenement du desir" ('the privileged signifier of that mark whereby the role of the logos is joined to the advent of desire') ("Signification" 692).

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