Archive for July 24th, 2007

Sender and Gex

In a letter in Nature Genetics [1], and more recently as a paper in Archives of Sexual Behavior [2], Pr D. Haig digs into a curious but nevertheless interesting case of evolution in the use of words: the replacement of “sex” by “gender“, a replacement which occurred during the mid-80s (though the observed trend indicates more of a long lasting conversion between 1980 and 1990). The use of “gender” meant as “sex” has apparently been taking off in academic discourses (as demonstrated by its rise in paper titles as documented in these two studies) probably under the impulse from feminist discourse and the rise of the women movement at that time.


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