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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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Gender identity is a fundamentally different classification than legal sex. Gender identity reflects a personal conception of oneself as male or female, whereas legal sex is determined at birth by a cursory examination of external genitalia.
Officials followed formal procedures for proactively identifying victims involved in the legal sex trade, and referred them for services, though efforts to identify and assist victims of forced labor could be improved.
Placed in the context of transgender jurisprudence, trans legal theorist and activist Paisley Currah cautions against a political agenda premised upon the achievement of internal consistency: "merely pointing out the definitional chaos resulting from attempts to define objective criteria for legal sex will not necessarily entail the collapse of the entire edifice of legal sex classification" because "state policies can accommodate any number of logical contradictions" (712).
This Essay criticizes two negative tendencies in legal scholarship, lawyers' arguments, and judicial opinions addressing the legal sex of and the validity of marriages involving transsexual and intersex persons.
The couple were pictured leaving a London hotel in November 2008 where it is claimed Ramsay and Sarah had met for sex after visiting Soho to buy legal sex drugs.
In South Africa, we do have very pertinent trans and intersex rights, by means of the Constitution on its broadest meaning as well as specific legislation such as Act 49 of 2003 [which allows for legal sex changes to birth certificates.
Through the course of the narrative--a narrative that begins with Nora/Norbert's birth and continues through young adulthood to the point where, on the verge of suicide, s/he is examined by a doctor and undergoes a legal sex change and marriage--the author is intent on not only legitimizing the protagonist's body, but also the autobiography itself.
While acknowledging the limited generalizability of their sample, the researchers hope that their findings help to reduce stigma associated with sex work and to ensure that legal sex workers receive appropriate services and protections.
Here are a few: At 16, we can: Leave school, get full-time employment, get married, gamble on the lottery, become community police officers, have legal sex, join the armed forces.
It is suspected many should only be shown in legal sex shops.
Government ministers are considering launching legal sex dens for two or three vice girls to work.
(90) The infant is assigned a gender, which is recorded on the birth certificate, determining this person's legal sex regardless of her psychological or chromosomal identity.

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