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Re: OT: [Let_It_Be_Forever_Islam] THE WORLD OF THE JINN

From:Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Date:Saturday, October 18, 2003, 1:15
On 17 Oct 2003 at 19:38, Mark J. Reed wrote:

> On Fri, Oct 17, 2003 at 04:49:49PM -0400, Paul Bennett wrote: > > On 17 Oct 2003 at 16:02, Mark J. Reed wrote: > > > > > On Fri, Oct 17, 2003 at 01:01:35PM -0400, Paul Bennett wrote: > > > > "sex" is biological - humans have 2; "gender" is a social convention - > > > > humans have from 2 to 7, depending on the culture. > > > > I did not. That's the antithesis of the points I've been making. > > Stone Gordonssen was the originator of that comment. > > Whups, sorry. Didn't mean to misattribute. Also didn't realize anyone > was in violent disagreement with the above statement, though.
Well, the first antithetical part was that only "sex" refers to biological sex. It doesn't. Every dictionary I've consulted says that "gender" refers to biological sex as well as grammatical sex and social/mental sex. One even went so far as to say it's only recently (for suitable values of the word "recent") starting to become used for social/mental sex. The second antithetical notion was that humans are only born as one of two clearly delineated sexes. This is false. Humans are born very frequently with partial or superfluous genital parts, and rarely with a full set of fully functional double genetalia. Paul


Tim May <butsuri@...>sex/gender
Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>sex/gender