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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.
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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]
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With athletic retail sales totaling nearly $15 billion a year and male-related merchandising "leveling off" (in the words of LIMA Executive Director Charles Riotto), the fair sex is suddenly clamoring to get its share of the sports spoils.
12, 14; Advice to the Fair Sex (Philadelphia, 1803), p.
Later still came the bathing machine, complete with a funnel-like awning under which the fair sex could disport themselves, free from anxiety on the score of modesty.
At the end of the century, John Dryden censured Donne for affecting "the metaphysics" and for perplexing "the minds of the fair sex with nice speculations of philosophy when he should engage their hearts .
I knew of course that he never had much luck with the fair sex (whichever gender that turns out to be) and he had sometimes shown loneliness and the wish for companionship.
for the perusal of the young and thoughtful of the fair sex.
One refers to two rather smug and comfortable looking ladies engaged in the leisurely pursuit of sweeping the road yes, Islamabad persists with the traditional practice of entrusting this important function to members of the fair sex.
Representatives of the fair sex worried not only their own destiny, the fate of their family, but also the fate of a small homeland.
Funny thing is, in my voluntary meanderings, I don't come across those with extreme views; on the contrary I an frequently reassured and stimulated by the professionalism and ability of the people I meet - particularly the fair sex, who can more than hold their own hold their own in any company.
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.
CONDEMNING crimes against the fair sex on International Women's Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced that the government is setting up ' One- Stop- Centres' besides a helpline for those facing violence, abuse or harassment.
f And it's been a few years now since the less fair sex enjoyed watching the sisters taking lumps out of each other in the spectacular bust up between the Australian feminist Germaine Greer and journalist Suzanne Moore after the latter falsely claimed the former had undergone a hysterectomy at 25.
With the accent being more and more on women being seen as victims and not the person behind the vile act, a natural bias has thus developed for the fair sex.
In conclusion, Treve has the class to continue the fine record of the fair sex in the Arc.
The changes can indeed be termed quite significant given the fact that social scales are tilted heavily against the fair sex in rural Bihar.