gentle sex

gentle sex

noun Older Use: Sometimes Offensive.
women in general (usually used facetiously): courtesy toward the gentle sex.
Also, gentler sex.


Origin:
1575–85


This is a dated term, usually used for humorous effect but sometimes perceived as condescending to women. It makes reference to a stereotype of women’s basic nature, namely that women are gentle in comparison to men.
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