According to the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘sex’ means ‘being male or female or hermaphrodite’. I infer from this that muddles about distinguishing between ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ can easily arise; for what I wish to discuss as ‘gender’ is very like the dictionary’s ‘sex’. Whatever common usage might dictate, for the purposes of this paper ‘sex’ refers principally to sexual arousal and response, ‘gender’ denoting a wider perspective of maleness and femaleness, of masculinity, femininity, or ambivalence.
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