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Post Reply Is the word "henchmen" sexist?
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Posted 10/10/15
There are no female henchmen as far as I am aware. Henchmen are often considered disposable. This means men are disposable. That means the very concept of henchmen is sexist towards men. Though men are naturally more disposable from a biological breeding perspective anyway.
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I always treated the word as gender neutral.

/shrug

Some people just look for reasons to be offended.
Posted 10/11/15 , edited 10/11/15
i'd never heard/seen that word before this thread tbh... so i'm not sure what to feel about it but then i don't talk to many people lol.
Hmm..is Joan of Arc considered a pawn in some ways?
Posted 10/11/15
*Says Henchmen is sexist
*A blog made on wordpress

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Posted 10/11/15 , edited 10/11/15
So, basically everything is sexist if it refers to only one sex and not both. Context and meaning don't matter. It's more important to include everyone?
Posted 10/12/15
Is the word "human" sexist?
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Posted 10/12/15

Dariamus wrote:

I always treated the word as gender neutral.

/shrug

Some people just look for reasons to be offended.


Exactly. Makes you wonder why sometimes.
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Posted 10/12/15
Henchmen is plural, so should it behenchpersons or henchpeople?
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Posted 10/12/15
excuse me, but the proper term for a female hench is henchlady.
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Posted 10/15/15 , edited 10/15/15
Woman. Wo- "man."
Women. Wo- "men."
Man. "Man."
Men. "Men."
Henchman. Hench- "man."
Henchmen. Hench- "men."

"Man" is the root word of "woman," so "henchmen" is easily considered gender-neutral. I treat it as such. I'm not concerned with the perceived "but why is the male sex given the 'man' term as is?" debate. For all I care, they might as well have flipped a coin over it.
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