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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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''Quietly pull the child's parent aside and ask if they can intervene,'' Sexer said.
At an early age, she moved to Georgia, where her father was employed as a chicken sexer. Her family then moved to Arkansas where her father found another chicken-sexing position.
Growing up in the Midwest, where her parents settled because of her father's job in the poultry industry as a chick sexer (someone who determines the sex of newly hatched chickens), Furiya straddled the world of her family's traditions and her own desire to fit into their small community.
"For five years I'd been a chicken sexer. You had to physically examine hundreds of day-old chicks for five hours a day.
Noel Faulkner, of Alfred Road, Hillfields, Coventry, had pleaded guilty to a charge of sexer from Luis Fabianoual assault against a 16-year-old girl.
The chicken sexer job is available in Great Yarmouth and involves determining what sex poultry is.
Late newsflash: Turnip, who's actually a female hamster - which makes her knowledge of football even more remarkable (and as soon as we find out who the Guardian's hamster sexer is, we promise to let you know) - has so far got off to a less than inspiring start.