I can't find any definition for 'bowmen' as gender specific. Only 'an archer', a 'person carrying a bow and arrow'. This seems to be one of the few roles carried out by men, historically, that does this. It is now simply a noun that now refers to a thing rather than a specific person.I've always interpreted the name as implying it's a men's team with women tolerated, and the club's gender ratio would support that assumption.
I can understand that the word seems to imply men and less so women. I have to say, though, that the ratio of men to women might just be because more men are interested in archery than women.I've always interpreted the name as implying it's a men's team with women tolerated, and the club's gender ratio would support that assumption.
My money is on zero. The fact that police officers were (and often still are) called 'policemen' didn't stop women from joining, likewise with fireman...I wonder how many enquiries about joining archery clubs, that are made by women, include a question like... "And are women allowed to join?" I think that would be a common question if the word "bowmen" was in the club's name and women felt they might be excluded.
That's an interesting example of cultural programming. You could easily argue that 'woman' and 'female' are longer, more complex words whilst 'man' and 'male' are simplified and reduced. Meaning that man is a subset of woman instead.I suppose we could take this to another level and ask why the females are called wo- men and fe-males as if they are a sub section of men rather than part of a pair of people.
Tradition is just peer pressure from dead peopleSame here in terms of the name, level of annoyance, and relative accuracy. I asked once at an AGM about it being changed an received an irate tirade from the (male) captain at the time about how it's tradition - which apparently means nothing should change ever. I've always interpreted the name as implying it's a men's team with women tolerated, and the club's gender ratio would support that assumption.
I would imagine that "growing the participation in the sport" would require far more than a few clubs changing their names.We can all then get on with growing the participation in the sport and enjoy shooting arrows.