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Re: adding gender field on debian developer's database (from debian-devel)

On Mon, 01 Aug 2005, Adam D. Barratt wrote:
> On Mon, 2005-08-01 at 22:12 +0200, fabienne s wrote:
> > so i'm interested in what you think here on the list about
> > including someone's gender (i *think* that's what he meant by
> > "sex" below) in the debian developer's database?
> No, he meant sex :-) In English (at least in British English) gender
> is a grammatical concept, whereas sex is a biological concept

It's moderately more complex than that. Gender can refer to any
categorization of things, from the grammatical, to the biological;
even computer connectors have gender.

Sex is generally reserved for the categorization of things based on
their reproductive structures (and various activities related to those
reproductive structures.)

So in this case, either word works properly; 'Sex' merely being more
specific; 'Gender' often being more polite.

Don Armstrong

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"We're less horrible than a root canal with a cold chisel."
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