the fair(er) sex

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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

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
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THE stereotype of White Van Man could be under serious threat - from the fairer sex.
ONE has to admire BBC director-general Tony Hall for deflecting the absolutely justified outrage at these crazy salaries by bringing in the smokescreen of the gender gap, so that he can appear to be the knight on a white charger who rides to the rescue of the fairer sex.
The executive vice-chairman had no problem promoting the fairer sex into positions of responsibility at her last club, Birmingham City, despite the irony that they all worked for two men who'd made vast sums in the porn industry.
And with free entry for the fairer sex yesterday, Ladies' Day was a run-away success.
KUWAIT -- KUNA issues feature on "Almahoud", a type of head garment, hand-made for the fairer sex to wear on their wedding.
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The idea that ladies should be able to have the facility to be able to travel on the railways, without having to contend with the oafish behaviour and total lack of respect towards the fairer sex displayed by certain members of the travelling public, is I believe, an eminently sensible suggestion
Leo threw a cocktail party, dinner and auction for A-list guests including Sylvester Stallone, John Legend and Sir Elton John - but it was the fairer sex who stole the show.
While Dave Hall had a point about the fairer sex and snubbies (Speak Out, Sept/Oct 2014), there is an exception to every rule.
Composed mostly of the fairer sex, it seemed fated that our assigned Phantom Purple unit would be commandeered by another female team, relegating our all-male team to the gender-neutral white one.
Female professionals from every walk of New York City real estate life will gather tomorrow (Thursday) for the third annual Real Estate Weekly Women's Forum, a full day of information, networking and celebration of the fairer sex and its growing influence over New York City's skyline.
Man fancies himself the huntergatherer, but a department store sale shows the fairer sex in their true colours: red in tooth and claw" - Sir Terry Wogan on female behaviour at the January sales.
21 ( ANI ): British woman, Rebecca Blake, who was reportedly arrested in Dubai over sex charges, has been finally freed from jail and now warns women visiting the country about its horrific laws against the fairer sex.
But in 2006 seven women broke into one of Pakistan's most exclusive male clubs to graduate as fighter pilots -- perhaps the most prestigious job in the powerful military and for six decades closed to the fairer sex.
Speaking after Randstad UK hosted an event for high-powered members of the fairer sex - including Williams F1 Team Development Driver Susie Wolff - retail managing director Peter Shrimpton said: "Quotas are certainly a hugely controversial option but while everyone should be hired and promoted on the basis of skill, not gender, that's not necessarily happening.