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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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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.
While this approach, which I call "getting sex right," could have some positive results, I argue in this essay that it rests on a mistaken--and dangerous--view of legal sex as a mirror of natural fact.
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.
The 1970s' "liberal moment" initially seemed to hold great promise for reforms that would redefine sex in order to introduce transsexual men and women into the binary legal sex classification system that their very existence threatened.
It is not likely that either of these would be attained by a lifting of legal sex restraints for this group alone.

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