Gender options

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue May 7 16:39:00 UTC 2002

On Tue, 7 May 2002, Lynne Murphy wrote:

> One of the problems here is that 'male' and 'female' aren't
> genders--they're sexes.

Why aren't "male" and "female" genders, Lynne?  The usage of "gender"
you are criticizing is as old as the one you like.

Fred Shapiro

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