I could not find a category in which to insert this frustrating little tid-bit, so I went with the good 'ol default. The subject is: Sex vs. Gender.

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    Mar 26, 2012 1:12 AM GMT
    Sex is biologically determined, gender is socially constructed. Pending any classification difficulties, etc, stemming from sexual reassignment; why for the love of academia are more and more people using these words interchangeably? Do people just not know, or do they know and simply do the whole "meh, whatever" shrug - off? Please, stand up for what's right; SEX AND GENDER ARE NOT THE SAME THING!!! -end
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    Mar 26, 2012 1:21 AM GMT
    World English Dictionary
    gender (ˈdʒɛndə)

    — n
    1. See also natural gender a set of two or more grammatical categories into which the nouns of certain languages are divided, sometimes but not necessarily corresponding to the sex of the referent when animate
    2. any of the categories, such as masculine, feminine, neuter, or common, within such a set
    {edit} 3. informal the state of being male, female, or neuter
    4. informal all the members of one sex: the female gender


    World English Dictionary
    sex (sɛks)

    — n
    1. the sum of the characteristics that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive function
    {edit}2. either of the two categories, male or female, into which organisms are placed on this basis
    3. short for sexual intercourse
    4. feelings or behaviour resulting from the urge to gratify the sexual instinct
    5. sexual matters in general


    Why you so upset by these interchangeable words?
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    Mar 26, 2012 1:23 AM GMT
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    Mar 26, 2012 2:37 PM GMT
    Call it a moment of weakness.
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    It's not eating me up inside, I think I just got it about 6 times yesterday and after the 4th (being the teacher that I am), I just got frustrated. A good 7 hours sleep clears everything up.
    Im a stickler I guess...
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    Mar 26, 2012 2:37 PM GMT
    Awesome comic strip btw...
    Haha.
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    Mar 26, 2012 2:46 PM GMT
    Just because people use words interchangeably in informal speech doesn't mean that we should give up on reminding them that they do mean distinct things. For example, in the US we constantly use "liberal" as a synonym for "leftist" which is not only sloppy, it's technically incorrect, since liberalism is a school of political theory that comprises a range of beliefs that sit squarely in the middle of the political spectrum.

    Now, of course, the meanings of words can be redefined by the common usage, which is why these debates actually do matter. If we want to preserve the meaning of language we need to maintain the integrity of the meaning of individual words. As the cartoon above points out, we shouldn't make a mule out of a mosquito, but we also shouldn't say mule if we mean donkey. (Because they aren't the same thing.)
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    Mar 27, 2012 12:57 AM GMT
    OP: I know how you feel. I was reminded that I hurled a shoe at the TV when the local Blond Bimbo kept using the term "entrapped" when meaning that someone was trapped in a car wreck and had to be cut out...or as a friend kept saying "They used the 'Jaws Of Death' to cut the roof off."

    I get ya now.

    Oh and Vin? Just say "ass"...icon_lol.gif