General Question

elbanditoroso's avatar

Why is called a 'manhunt' when they know the target is a woman?

Asked by elbanditoroso (26095points) April 17th, 2019


Seems like sexist talk to me. When the perpetratress is clearly identified as female, why is it a manhunt?

Do we need better words?

Observing members: 0 Composing members: 0

9 Answers

Inspired_2write's avatar

It is hard to find the origins but I suspect because in the past men did the hunting so men were selected to hunt for the criminal or missing person regardless of sex.
The “man” in hunt was describing the people mostly males that were rounded up not the person that they were searching for.

JLeslie's avatar

Because man meant mankind, or humankind. Plus, men are usually being hunted anyway, they are more likely to be the violent criminals.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Perhaps “man” refers to the hunters.

Demosthenes's avatar

I think @JLeslie has it right. “Man” in the sense of “human”, not specifically “male”. As opposed to a cathunt or a doghunt. Like you wouldn’t call the search for a female dog a “bitch hunt”. :)

The ”-man” in “woman” doesn’t mean “male”, it means “human”. A lot of complaints about sexism reveal a lack of linguistic knowledge.

ragingloli's avatar

The same reason coppers and military officers demand to be addressed as “sir”, despite NONE of them having ever been knighted by the Queen of England.

rebbel's avatar

It comes from “human”, and as far as I understand it, it is the hunt for a criminal/fugitive, not the hunt for them, by a group of people.

Also, manhole.

kritiper's avatar

It’s as @rebbel and @JLeslie says. Also for simplicity of language. For example, you could say redheadwearingbluedressinblackheelswithleatherpurseinblacksportscarhunt.

Response moderated (Writing Standards)
gorillapaws's avatar

Too many syllables…

Answer this question




to answer.

This question is in the General Section. Responses must be helpful and on-topic.

Your answer will be saved while you login or join.

Have a question? Ask Fluther!

What do you know more about?
Knowledge Networking @ Fluther