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What is with the sudden popular use of 'sex' as a verb? Or more specifically, 'sexing' as an equivalent for 'having sex' or 'fucking,' et al? I caught it in sparkledark's post, but I've been seeing it pop up all over recently. T'is very odd, because to my associative brain, sex or sexing as a verb thing means 'to determine the gender of by examining primary and secondary sexual characteristics' -- in biology or pet-breeding.

So now I'm picturing Angel trying to determine Willow's gender. Giggle.

I can see it as something Victorian that's popped up again -- possibly due to popularity of well-researched historical fic. Or is there a fannish source of the phrase that I'm too BtvS-cloistered to have realized?


wrenlet

2003-01-30 07:16 am (UTC) (Link)

Huh... bleed over from anime fandoms? Because I frequently see it referred to as (pardon the 733t-speak) 'sexx0ring'. Then there's also phrases such as p0rn and pr0n, but I think those were originally coined in non-LJ blogs to fend off search engine hits that, really, nobody wants :P 'Sexing' and 'sexx0ring' could be some of the same, since people who are actually Googling for porn will type 'sex' and 'porn'... or, could be someone thought it sounded funny late one night in chat and it spread ;)

mpoetess

2003-01-30 07:42 am (UTC) (Link)

I'm angling towards that last -- it doesn't seem very 733t-ish, and sinc 'sex' is in it, it wouldn't fend off the search engines.

It's just such a strange -- and kinda cutely archaic-sounding -- phrasing, that I'm intrigued.

could just be regular bleed from pop culture

zvi_likes_tv

2003-01-30 08:33 am (UTC) (Link)

"I'm sexing you" (or a variation) has been a popular phrase in more risque 'love' songs in the r&b/hip hop genre for, oh, six or seven years, because it doesn't get radio-edited.

Re: could just be regular bleed from pop culture

mpoetess

2003-01-30 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)

See, that makes sense -- and given that I'm more of a country/folkie/eighties/indie listener, I wouldn't have picked up on it, I suspect.

Thanks!

sparkledark

2003-01-30 11:56 am (UTC) (Link)

I dunno where the heck I got it. It just sounded like something Willow would say, so I figured it would be a good descriptor for a story where Willow's having lots and lots of sex *g*

The first time I heard sex as a verb was in that song in the early 90's "I Wanna Sex You Up", which my friends and I used to make fun of in high school, so maybe it's an outgrowth of that memory.

domesticpiranha

2003-01-30 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

It just sounded like something Willow would say, so I figured it would be a good descriptor for a story where Willow's having lots and lots of sex

Hee -- yes, in context, it does sound like a Willowspeak verb. "No! No sex! There was no sexing of any kind!"

Ahem

mpoetess

2003-01-30 12:37 pm (UTC) (Link)

That would be me, forgetting I was logged in elsewhere. Dur.

Re: Ahem

drax

2003-01-30 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Although that was a perfectly sensible post to be making from a DP journal... wonder who it "could have been"... ^_^

(and from ANIME-fandom!?! M'glad I haven't run across that where I read... *shivers*)

Re: Ahem

mpoetess

2003-01-31 06:40 am (UTC) (Link)

*g*

Actually, technically speaking, it was Lorne.

dakinigrl

2003-01-30 09:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

I dunno, poet, but my daughter (who is now ten) when she first started cluing into the whole shebang (which was a few years back) called it "sexing" (as if it were the most fascinating and disgusting thing to hit the universe ever). So... maybe it's natural to use it as a verb. Hell, I use "fuck" as a verb, noun, adjective, adverb, preposition, conjunction, exclaimation, and door stopper. Whay not "sex"?

DAK

mpoetess

2003-01-31 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Attempts to answer, is paralyzed by icon. Faithguh....

Yes, that makes sense -- just wondered how it had crept into fandom, when I hadn't seen it around before!

faithguh

dakinigrl

2003-01-31 04:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

int she yummy? : )

Late thought, but--Spider Robinson?

Anonymous

2003-02-15 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

I know that he used "sexers" as separate from "lovers" in . . . Starseed? The second Stardancer book. I don't think I've ever seen it anywhere else, though.
Barbara

Re: Late thought, but--Spider Robinson?

mpoetess

2003-02-19 05:40 am (UTC) (Link)

Huh -- interesting! I can't remember it, though I'm sure you're right; it's been forever since I've read any of that series. I should go hunt up the book -- I think I actually have Starseed but not Stardancers.