battle of the sexes

noun phrase

: a struggle for power between women and men
The comedy is a classic treatment of the battle of the sexes.

Examples of battle of the sexes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the musical, a new ending imagines Dawn and Brad as mythological figures — gods, really — storming across a fantastic, scarlet-colored hellscape where pillars of honest-to-God fire illuminate their literal battle of the sexes. Erik Piepenburg, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2024 Jolie and Pitt played married assassin-spies pitted against one another, but screenwriter Simon Kinberg mostly mined this premise for stale jokes about suburban boredom, leading to a battle of the sexes based on gendered stereotypes. Alison Herman, Variety, 1 Feb. 2024 Even if this skew is roughly matched by male swings rightward, the degeneration of our democracy and our discourse into a battle of the sexes can’t be a positive development. Daniel Foster, National Review, 30 Nov. 2023 What Season 4 was to racial prejudice, Season 5 is to the battle of the sexes. Alison Herman, Variety, 21 Nov. 2023 The Nikkei business newspaper reported that in recent years, Johnny’s fielded between five and seven boy bands in the annual battle of the sexes show. Patrick Frater, Variety, 15 Nov. 2023 The tension builds slowly but deliciously, as the leads lock us into an ostensible battle of the sexes that neither character can win. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2023 The early aughts seemed like a cesspool of dating games, emotional and mental manipulation, and glorifying the battle of the sexes, rooted in misogyny. Dominique Fluker, Essence, 25 Sep. 2023 And perhaps the Roxanne Wars, the initial clash in hip-hop’s everlasting battle of the sexes, ended in a weary cease-fire instead of an armistice, and the ensuing four decades were just an extended conscription period. Niela Orr, New York Times, 9 Aug. 2023

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“Battle of the sexes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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