[Ads-l] Query on "huntress"

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Fri Mar 22 16:40:57 UTC 2019

Just anecdotally, opinions vary.

Some find the DC comics character Huntress a sexist name. Some don't like the terms actress or Jewess, etc.

On the other hand the 2016 film The Eagle Huntress generally got good reviews.

Here's a pro and con about women and hunting



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From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at MST.EDU>
Sent: Friday, March 22, 2019 12:16:37 PM
Subject: [ADS-L] Query on "huntress"

Dear members of ads-l,

Today I received an inquiry with several parts concerning the word "huntress."
The message came from a woman writer wanting to clear up whether the word is
sexist and if so why.

Has anything been written on this?  Would anyone have any ideas/insight/etc. about
the semantic development of the term? (e.g., is it politically incorrect to refer to a
female hunter as a "huntress"?

Any assistance would be much appreciated.

Gerald Cohen

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