sex, not gender

To: "'Merrilyn Serong'" <>, "'Peter Shute'" <>
Subject: sex, not gender
From: "Stephen Ambrose" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:38:25 +1100
I agree with previous people contributing to this discussion.  The term
"sex", rather than "gender", is used in a biological context.

Merrilyn, you may have a point about "gender" being a euphemism. According
to this university graduate student paper (which I found on the internet
after a brief search), although the term probably originated in Ancient
Greece, it's largely a product of Christianity (the Bible) to define roles
of men and women.,%20Qualitative%20Research%20

Stephen Ambrose
Ryde, NSW

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Merrilyn
Sent: Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:59 AM
To: Peter Shute
Subject: sex, not gender

'Sex' is the correct term in biology. The word 'gender' won't be found 
in biological texts or biological dictionaries.
I wonder if some non-biologists who use the term 'gender' in biological 
contexts use it as a euphemism because they are uncomfortable with the 
word 'sex'. Just a thought.


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