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    Could you please explain what "the extremity" in the sentence below means?

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    However, the characteristics that are claimed to distinguish the sexes are not uniform from one culture to another. Nor are the distinctions necessarily stable across historical epochs within a society. Furthermore, societies vary in the extremity of the distinctions they draw and the rigidity with which these distinctions are enforced.

    context: https://books.google.co.kr/books?id=...ed.%22&f=false



    My question is what 'the extremity' does mean specifically. I would be happy if you spoonfeed me sir.

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    Re: Could you please explain what "the extremity" in the sentence below means?

    My question is: What does 'the extremity' does mean? specifically. I would be happy if you would spoonfeed me. sir.
    Welcome to the forum.

    There is a lot of variation in how extreme societies think the distinctions (differences) between the sexes are. Some people within some societies think there are very extreme distinctions between the sexes. Some don't think the distinctions are that extreme.

    I am assuming you have looked up the word "extremity" (and now "extreme") in a good dictionary.

    Regarding the last sentence of your post, please don't address everyone here as "sir". We are not all male.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Could you please explain what "the extremity" in the sentence below means?

    "Extremity" makes me think of arms and legs. I would use "extremeness" here.

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