Wednesday, July 06, 2016

A sex devoid of logic?

Jean Webster

Out of curiosity and my hermeneutic of suspicion, I ran a search for the word "sex" through Jean Webster's novel Daddy-Long-Legs and came up with one instance:
You belong, Mr. Smith, to a sex devoid of a sense of logic.
The word "sex" seems to mean "gender" here, but the sentence offers a witty reversal of gender stereotypes - and this back in 1912!

I wonder what the results would be of a search through Dear Enemy . . .



At 12:49 PM, Blogger Carter Kaplan said...

I didn't know there was a distinction between sex and gender until I was in graduate school.

At 2:50 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I took the word in this context not to mean making love, but I don't really know what the words "sex" and "gender" meant in 1912.

Jeffery Hodges

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