Is “Guy” Gender Neutral?

I applied for a job last week. At the interview, they told me it came down to me and one other person.  My prospective employer said they’d make their decision by Monday.

On Tuesday, I called to see if they were still weighing their options, or if they went with the other guy.

“The other girl.”

Now, she didn’t quite emphasize it that much, but she definitely wanted me to know that they hired a female, not a male.

To me, “guy” is gender neutral.  It just takes less time than saying “person.”

Yet another image of the Anonymous Production Assistant.
Yet another image of the Anonymous Production Assistant.

Am I crazy?

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6 Responses

  1. In group situations I think “guys” is gender neutral. I would call a group of people “guys,” even if there were girls in the group but I wouldn’t call a girl a “guy” if that makes sense?

    Dude to me, though, is masculine.

    Sorry about the job, too.

  2. I’m pretty sure “guy” and “dude” are both pretty gender-neutral at this point. Sure, context matters, but you weren’t out of line using “guy” in that particular context.

    But yeah, sorry you didn’t get the job. Onward and upward, though, right?

  3. Technically by correcting you and saying “The other girl”, she’s saying you’re a girl as well.

  4. It’s a matter of context for me, but pointing out your “error” seems really punctilious in that situation. Sorry you didn’t get the gig.

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