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eye sex

An act in which two people exchange looks indicating intense mutual sexual desires or attraction. I kept having eye sex with this guy across the bar, but he left before I had a chance to talk to him.
See also: eye, sex

sex on a stick

vulgar slang An extremely sexually attractive person. Well, he's not exactly sex on a stick, but he's a kind, decent, and funny man, and he knows how to treat me right.
See also: on, sex, stick

sex on legs

vulgar slang An extremely sexually attractive person. Well, he's not exactly sex on legs, but he's a kind, decent, and funny man, and he knows how to treat me right.
See also: leg, on, sex

the sex talk

An informal lecture or conversation about reproduction and sexual intercourse, especially as given by parents to their children. I know it can be embarrassing and awkward having the sex talk with your kids, but it's important for them to know that they can come to you if they have any questions or concerns about sex as they enter puberty.
See also: sex, talk

have sex

To have sexual intercourse with someone. A: "Did you have sex last night?" B: "Well that's a personal question!"
See also: have, sex

sex kitten

A physically and sexually attractive young woman. With some new clothes and makeup, I bet she would be quite a sex kitten.
See also: kitten, sex

sex object

One who is valued or regarded as a source of sexual pleasure. She was tired of being treated like a sex object, so she began dressing more conservatively and demanded more respect from the men within her social circle.
See also: object, sex

sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll

A phrase used to indicate a wild, hedonistic lifestyle. Being a touring musician is not as exciting as it seems—it's definitely not all sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.
See also: and, rock, roll

better than sex

Extremely enjoyable or pleasurable. You have to try some of this chocolate cake—it's better than sex! The exhilaration you feel when you reach the top of a mountain is better than sex.
See also: better, sex

the battle of the sexes

The ongoing struggles and conflicts that exist between men and women. Sure, men and women have some general differences, but the battle of the sexes is really just perpetuated by our outdated ideas of gender.
See also: battle, of, sex

the fair(er) sex

Females. The term has come to be considered inappropriate due to its emphasis on the physical appearance of women and girls. Did he just say "members of the fairer sex"? I feel like I'm in a Victorian novel.
See also: sex

the opposite sex

The gender opposite to one's own. I still remember the torture of being in middle school, suddenly so fascinated by but at once terrified of the opposite sex. I don't understand this tendency we have right now to demonize the opposite sex as some kind of "enemy" in a made-up social war.
See also: opposite, sex

opposite sex

the other sex; (from the point of view of a female) males; (from the point of view of a male) females. (Also with member of, as in the example.) Ann is crazy about the opposite sex. Bill is very shy when he's introduced to the opposite sex. Do members of the opposite sex make you nervous?
See also: opposite, sex

fair sex

Girls or women, as in Many women would object to being called the fair sex nowadays. This euphemism uses fair in the sense of "physically beautiful" and is probably dying out. [Mid-1600s]
See also: fair, sex

sex on legs

an extremely sexually attractive person. informal
2004 Northern Rivers Echo News Yep, forget that sissy Richard Gere playing Lancelot, give me Hornblower's Ioan Gruffudd any day. The guy is sex on legs.
See also: leg, on, sex

the ˌopposite ˈsex

the other sex: He found it difficult to talk to members of the opposite sex.
See also: opposite, sex

sex up

v.
1. To increase the sexual appeal or content of someone or something: The producer sexed up the music video with scantily clad dancers. Because the club was bland, the owners decided to sex it up.
2. Chiefly British Slang To increase the appeal or attractiveness of something; embellish something: The committee sexed up the report with suggestions of conspiracy. Our website is boring—what if we sex it up with funky icons?
3. Vulgar Slang To arouse someone sexually.
See also: sex, up

sex goddess

n. a sexy-looking female movie or television star. I wonder what these sex goddesses look like when they get up in the morning.
See also: goddess, sex

sex kitten

n. a woman with enormous sexual potential. He thought he was getting a sex kitten, but she turned out to be just a plain cat.
See also: kitten, sex

sex pot

n. one who flaunts one’s sexuality, usually a woman. About 20,000 young sex pots hit Hollywood every year hoping to be discovered.
See also: pot, sex

sex-machine

n. a sexually promising person; a person obsessed with sex. Heidi looks like such a sex-machine, but she is a real wallflower.
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However, modest size differences between the sexes typically characterize mammals with a penchant for soul mates, rather than the gorillalike pattern that had been proposed.
SIMULATING SEXES Ten years after Lovejoy set forth the idea of social monogamy among australopithecines, evidence continued to pile up supporting a substantial size difference between males and females.
Discussants agreed that there is no technology that will soon answer the question of how the sexes differ.
Although it is clear that men and women often respond differently to toxicants, the discussants agreed that predicting just how the sexes will respond, and when they will respond differently, has not proved simple because, Silverstone said, of the limited amount of data at this time.
When the separated sexes make love, or have sex, they reunite what was once whole, and thus it makes perfect sense that the Latin word for the whole (the sex act) and the parts (the people with genitals engaging in the sex act) should be the same.
Feminist biologist Anne Fausto-Sterling argues that the very idea of two sexes is a cultural construct, since babies with genital or chromosomal abnormalities are neither male nor female.
But, as Stossel noted, "individual differences are often much greater than the differences between the sexes.
Fossil darwinulid ostracods have been more controversial because it's difficult to agree on what would represent subtle differences between the sexes.
Bem, a respected social psychologist, boldly claims that he can weld these factions into a cohesive explanation of how individuals become sexually attracted to the same sex, the opposite sex, or even both sexes.
In the United States, he adds, liberalized attitudes toward appropriate female behavior in the past generation have allowed more girls than boys to regard children of both sexes as friends.
If this female dies or leaves, her mate becomes a female; the largest juvenile fish in the group becomes male and mates with the new female, Shapiro explains in The Differences Between the Sexes (1994, Cambridge University Press).
His research indicates that "probably less than 30 percent of the time" are both sexes used in toxicological studies.