Yet, I would not wish to attribute all such sexual differences to this agency: for we see peculiarities arising and becoming attached to the male sex
in our domestic animals (as the wattle in male carriers, horn-like protuberances in the cocks of certain fowls, &c.
To continue with the German genders: a tree is male, its buds are female, its leaves are neuter; horses are sexless, dogs are male, cats are female--tomcats included, of course; a person's mouth, neck, bosom, elbows, fingers, nails, feet, and body are of the male sex, and his head is male or neuter according to the word selected to signify it, and NOT according to the sex of the individual who wears it--for in Germany all the women either male heads or sexless ones; a person's nose, lips, shoulders, breast, hands, and toes are of the female sex; and his hair, ears, eyes, chin, legs, knees, heart, and conscience haven't any sex at all.
A German speaks of an Englishman as the ENGLA"NDER; to change the sex, he adds INN, and that stands for Englishwoman-- ENGLA"NDERINN.
In the nurseries of females of the meaner sort, the children are instructed in all kinds of works proper for their sex
, and their several degrees: those intended for apprentices are dismissed at seven years old, the rest are kept to eleven.
Suiting the action to the word, he thrust her rather suddenly and prematurely into a chair, and designing to reassure her by a little harmless jocularity, such as is adapted to please and fascinate the sex
, converted his right forefinger into an ideal bradawl or gimlet, and made as though he would screw the same into her side-- whereat Miss Miggs shrieked again, and evinced symptoms of faintness.
The result is massacre; not, however, without its advantages, as it eliminates the more brutal and troublesome of the Isosceles; and by many of our Circles the destructiveness of the Thinner Sex is regarded as one among many providential arrangements for suppressing redundant population, and nipping Revolution in the bud.
A Male of the lowest type of the Isosceles may look forward to some improvement of his angle, and to the ultimate elevation of the whole of his degraded caste; but no Woman can entertain such hopes for her sex.
And can you mention any pursuit of mankind in which the male sex has not all these gifts and qualities in a higher degree than the female?
And if so, my friend, I said, there is no special faculty of administration in a state which a woman has because she is a woman, or which a man has by virtue of his sex, but the gifts of nature are alike diffused in both; all the pursuits of men are the pursuits of women also, but in all of them a woman is inferior to a man.
Never in his life had he felt so supremely at his ease with one of the opposite sex
Now, the ladies being together under these circumstances, it was extremely natural that the discourse should turn upon the propensity of mankind to tyrannize over the weaker sex
, and the duty that developed upon the weaker sex
to resist that tyranny and assert their rights and dignity.
A kind Providence has so skilfully adapted sex
and the mass of individuals to each other, that, with certain obvious exceptions, any male and female may be moderately happy in the married state.