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gentle sex

or gentler sex

noun, Older Use: Sometimes Offensive.
1.
women in general (usually used facetiously):
courtesy toward the gentle sex.
Origin of gentle sex
1575-1585
1575-85
Usage note
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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