It didn't specify the well-known DB-25 connector, but gender of the
connectors was specified, male on terminal and female on communications
equipment. RS-232 standardized the voltage of signals and the functions
of the physical interface pins, up to 20 different signal connections.
I'm doing this from memory. I've got what's his name's famous book on
serial communications around here somewhere.
So a widely distributed method that educates the public on standards
could improve sex too? I'm willing to give it a try.
One assumes memos were mailed back and forth in the beginning.