Sobran on sex

What is this thing called Sex? The indispensable word “sex” has been around for a long long time, but it always meant gender. Then, early in this century, as nearly as I can judge, it came to mean what the sexes do in bed, then it widened to include what two members of one sex do in bed, then what one member of one sex does in bed. This usage would seem as odd to the ribald Donne as to the chaste Tennyson. What we call Sex comes down to any form of genital stimulation. -Sobran 12/31/80

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