the fair sex

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the fair/fairer sex

Usage notes: Some women think this phrase is offensive.
My father hated the idea of me joining the army. He always said it wasn't a suitable occupation for the fair sex.
See also: fair, sex
References in classic literature ?
If you will accept me as champion of the fair sex, I am at your disposal.
Chichely, whose study of the fair sex seemed to have been detrimental to his theology.
Miss Snevellicci's papa being greatly exalted by this triumph, and incontestable proof of his popularity with the fair sex, quickly grew convivial, not to say uproarious; volunteering more than one song of no inconsiderable length, and regaling the social circle between-whiles with recollections of divers splendid women who had been supposed to entertain a passion for himself, several of whom he toasted by name, taking occasion to remark at the same time that if he had been a little more alive to his own interest, he might have been rolling at that moment in his chariot-and-four.
Now, Watson, the fair sex is your department," said Holmes, with a smile, when the dwindling frou-frou of skirts had ended in the slam of the front door.
But it was the fair sex that stole the show once again by exercising their democratic rights.
The 74-year-old said his love of the fair sex has cost him a lot over the years and admitted he only became a one-woman man when he met his wife Ingrid.
Women, be it in Afghanistan or elsewhere, should take this loathsome act as a resolve for empowering the fair sex and work closely with rational elements to defeat the extremists.
However, he regretted that Josh's biography, 'Yaadon Ki Baraat' was a bestseller of Urdu literature but people have only shown their interest in a selective part of the book that is about Josh's affairs with the fair sex.
While the patriarchs in the party were squirming in discomfort over the prospects of facing fresh challenge from the fair sex, the women leaders have already started weighing their respective chances.
In conclusion, Treve has the class to continue the fine record of the fair sex in the Arc.
The pain for the fair sex is often so intense that it is necessary to call an ambulance," Degtyaryov, who is married with two sons, wrote on his website.
In one of the lectures, about the mundane egg, he horrified some of the fair sex by removing much of his costume, and appearing in green tights, with alphabetical decorations.
Chocolate, I have found, rarely goes amiss with the fair sex.
She said she took up the challenge to break the social myth that 'young women were the fair sex and could not bear the sight of blood'