I'm looking for some terms or phrases that could be used to refer to all the males or all the females collectively and exclusively. Something like a gender-specific version of "mankind" (which usually refers to all humanity with no regards to gender, to the best of my knowledge).

Something like "malekind" and "femalekind", basically.


"_____ (malekind) had its chances with me; I'm moving on to _____ (femalekind)."


"I may have a PhD in Physics, but I will never be able to understand _____ (femalekind)."

(Although that second example could easily just have "women" filling the blank.)

  • Are you writing about science? about religion? Please can you give a sample sentence that shows how you would actually use one of these terms? Just leave a blank where the word would go. It is difficult to answer accurately without a context. – chasly from UK Oct 22 '15 at 10:28
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    Is there a reason why OP doesn't want to use men or women? They would usually be construed to mean what OP wants, as in "Men are from Mars. Women are from Venus". – Graham Nicol Oct 22 '15 at 10:34
  • @GrahamNicol, I did consider men and women, but I suppose it somehow felt... not "inclusive" or "sweeping" enough. Kind of like how "humans" doesn't feel as wide as "humankind". Is it just me being incredibly, senselessly picky? – Shay Hacohen Oct 22 '15 at 10:51
  • @chaslyfromUK, the best example I can currently come up with is something like: "_____ (mankind) had its chances with me; I'm moving on to _____ (femalekind)." Or, "I may have a PhD in Physics, but I will never be able to understand _____ (femalekind)." (Although that second example could easily just have "women" filling the blank, indeed.) – Shay Hacohen Oct 22 '15 at 10:52
  • The fair sex is what the women in this world are sometimes referred to. So, uh ... "The Phallicans had their chance with me. I'm moving on to the fair sex." Something like that? – Ricky Oct 22 '15 at 11:00

You could consider using Manhood as it means:

The men of a country or society regarded collectively: ‘Germany had lost the best of her young manhood’

Womanhood means:

Women considered collectively: ‘half of Britain’s womanhood is dress size 14 and over’

[Oxford Online Dictionary]

  • This is pretty close to what I've been aiming for, but it sounds slightly off since it doesn't refer to "all females" or "all males", but rather "all females/males of a specific community". – Shay Hacohen Oct 22 '15 at 11:05
  • @ShayHacohen Good luck with what you are aiming for. – user140086 Oct 22 '15 at 12:10
  • Well, I'm starting to lose hope but I wouldn't have been able to know if such a word exists if I would never have checked, don't you agree? :P Anyway, thanks for the help! – Shay Hacohen Oct 22 '15 at 12:21
  • @ShayHacohen Welcome! And indeed It is difficult to find suitable words. – user140086 Oct 22 '15 at 12:23

Consider fairer sex and sterner sex.

Humorous or sexist euphemisms for the female and male genders dating back to a time when specific qualities were attributed to each gender.

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Lawrence Paros, The Erotic Tongue (1984): 'Sex comes from the Latin secare, "to cut or divide," and we first used the word to designate the two major categories of humanity we have come to know and love as male and female. (...) We later used the word sex not only for dividing the sexes, but to refer to qualities of being male or female. Over time we assigned specific attributes to each category. These distinctions were dutifully recorded in the esteemed OED, making it all very official. The male was described as "the better" and "the sterner" sex; the female, as "the fairer," "the gentler," "the softer," and "the devout" sex. Women were also called "the second" sex. For a period of time between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when people spoke of "the sex," they had women in mind.'

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