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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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Use of sex appeal in advertising dates back to the 1870s when sexuality and nudity was fairly common.
"From Sex Appeal to Self Appeal: One Woman's Journey to Recover Her Body, Her Sexuality Her Self" can be purchased online at: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Ibooks, and Outskirts Press.
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In fact, the qualities that women find most desirable in a man are sex appeal, physical attractiveness and masculinity, along with similar interests, beliefs and values.
There is a dearth of research dealing with sex appeal combined with status appeal.
A source close to Strictly Come Dancing is reported to have said: "Producers think he has amazing sex appeal." The Blackwood boxer's TV profile has been increasing in recent months following his appearance alongside son Joe Jnr in an advert for the Nintendo Wii games system.
The girls were perhaps more talented, but mix sex appeal with that other good old British stand-by class, and the public school polish of suave, sophisticated Mr Chambers was always going to win hands down.
But then when you're Martin Shaw, pictured, even a vow of celibacy doesn't diminish your sex appeal - at least not if you're my chum.
Almost two-thirds of those questioned by Grazia magazine said they would like to marry David Cameron and think he would be good in bed, while more than half thought a Prime Minister needs charisma, sex appeal and a sense of humour.
Sara Fulgoni was a huge disappointment as Carmen, displaying hardly any passion and little sex appeal. She did adopt a scowl too often which made her appear more Jade Goody than the sensual gipsy in Bizet's beautiful opera.
She has documented UV-reflecting decorations that boost the sex appeal of fish.
Mariah, feeling displaced when her mother remarries a wealthy man, uses her sex appeal to start an unfortunate affair with an older public school boy who has a car, not a guy her parents would approve of.