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    sex or gender

    In filling out some forms, the items gender or sex are both used. Is there any slight difference between them? Thanks.

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    Re: sex or gender

    Quote Originally Posted by victor su View Post
    In filling out some forms, the items gender or sex are both used. Is there any slight difference between them? Thanks.
    "Gender" would be the preferred noun these days.

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    Re: sex or gender

    There is no discernible difference. The preference for "gender" seems to stem from a very strange reluctance on the part of some people to use or even see the word "sex" because it has connotations of "sexual intercourse". It doesn't quite fall under "political correctness" because the word is not considered offensive about a particular group of people. It simply seems to offend the (in my opinion rather puritanical) sensibilities of some people.

    I always use the word "sex" rather than "gender".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: sex or gender

    Some distinguish sex (biological) from gender (lifestyle), but most people use them interchangeably.

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    Re: sex or gender

    Thanks. In Chinese, the word is Xingbie, which does contain the character of "sex", but I think that, unlike English, the word itself doesn't have the connotations of sexual intercourse.

    I still vividly remember a joke that my boss once shared with us: one of our clients was filling out an application form in Canada, and in the item "sex", he answered "once a week".


    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    There is no discernible difference. The preference for "gender" seems to stem from a very strange reluctance on the part of some people to use or even see the word "sex" because it has connotations of "sexual intercourse". It doesn't quite fall under "political correctness" because the word is not considered offensive about a particular group of people. It simply seems to offend the (in my opinion rather puritanical) sensibilities of some people.

    I always use the word "sex" rather than "gender".

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    Re: sex or gender

    I used to work at an airport where arriving passengers had to fill in a short form, including the word "Sex" with a small space next to it. I lost track of the number of times people wrote "Yes please" in that space. First couple of times it was funny. The hundredth time? Not so funny.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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