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Genderfication of Adolescence

Elisabeth26 Wrote: Feb 22, 2013 11:32 AM
Dear Ms. Fields: If you are going to write professionally, please use proper grammar: "which described how him and her got acquainted." This should read, "which described how he and she got acquainted." Your identification of the loss of intimacy (and learning the coping skills required to create a long-term relationship) is of great concern. It's too easy to "hook-up." It's too easy to marry and quickly divorce. We need some of the old (and provably workable) mores to infiltrate into this amoral mush of sex. Thanks for the article.
Kenneth L. Wrote: Feb 22, 2013 12:12 PM
Lighten up, Elisabeth. Ms Fields is using "him" and "her" as her "flirtatious" pronouns. It's just a little play on words. There was a time when gender referred only to the class to which a noun belonged. Using the word to denote sex was regarded as mincing words.
Some still stubbornly refuse to adopt this contemporary, politically correct usage. Biological classification should be called sex.
Not so long ago, "gender" was something mostly of interest to flirtatious nouns. But then, as the culture became both more vulgar and more squeamish, "gender" replaced "sex" as the distinction between "him" and "her." Now "date," which described how him and her got acquainted, is replaced by "hook up."

Gender used to tell us about language; now, it describes behavioral roles. The word sex was unambiguous, referring to the natural biological differences. But the genderfication of sex expands to encompass the experiences of the transgendered, lesbian and male homosexuals.

Whereas sex refers to two, gender creates a crowd -- emotional...