noun Older Use: Sometimes Offensive.
the female sex; women (usually used facetiously): my life as a member of the weaker sex.
What Is The Difference Between “Gender” And “Sex”?
Because we're most often talking about human beings when we use these terms, it's critical we get them straight.
This is a dated term, usually used for humorous effect but sometimes perceived as condescending to women. It reinforces the stereotype of a weak female.
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the female sex
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