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.
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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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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Nov 5 ( ANI ): Maharashtra Minister Girish Mahajan has scored himself trouble over a derogatory remark against women, saying if products and alcohol brands are named after fairer sex, one could see the demands soaring high.
Feilim Mac An Iomaire from Paddy Power said: "The stats prove rugby is extraordinarily popular amongst the fairer sex, with women lining up to tackle the bookies for the duration of the World Cup.
THE fairer sex will be in action at Thurles this evening in the second round of the Thurles Bookmakers Champion Bitch Stake.
Women, however, have retained their status as the fairer sex, with 94% spraying or rolling on scent.
However, it is fairly obvious Danny doesn't take after his older brother Scott when it comes to charming the fairer sex.
But the survey, by HR consulting company Water and Fish, also revealed the fairer sex are rated more highly.
Based on the premise that 'most festivals are male dominated', Ladyfest is attempting to redress the balance with three days of concerts and workshops for the fairer sex.
It just proves the fairer sex aren't shallow and obsessed with looks like men.
The fairer sex also prefers having a broader selection of merchandise, Crane said.
One for the fairer sex - triple the amount of loose face powder by buying a darker shade than you need and diluting it with baby powder until you get the right shade.
Hollywood star Jennifer Love Hewitt on the fairer sex
OK, I heard far worse from the mouths of the fairer sex in the corporate areas at Aintree during Ladies' Day last Friday, but if Herr Klopp could rein it in a little, with such idioms as "I couldn't give a monkey's" rather than "I couldn't give a s**t," that would be a million miles better.
Priyanka Chopra, who launched the new Land Rover LWB, said that the fairer sex and car are the only two things that drive a man, and when there is a combination of both, it is irresistible for the boys.
I HATE MY BODY: SKINNY BOYS & MUSCLE MEN Wed BBC3 9pm Women's magazines are full of the latest faddy diets, celebrity fitness advice and ways to tone up - but this documentary proves that it's not just the fairer sex who are body conscious.
Though he may be famed for machosounding hits like Hot Legs and You Wear it Well, it appears a lifetime of romancing the fairer sex may have rubbed off on 67-year-old Rod.