Continuing the discussion from On April 1, Magic Lantern crashed cameras for the laughs:
I would think it’s considered the “default” by people who probably think of the default as male guys.
[There’s a BB post, or a comment, referencing a comedy writer who thought that jokes were funnier with men, because adding a woman made it more complex, moved it away from the default; his (female) producer challenged him on it, after after some initial head-butting he saw what he was doing. (Man-?) 'Splains it a lot better than I do.]
It’s a hard habit to overcome (in my quite-fallible experience). I haven’t heard of too many women who think that they are included in “guys.” Possibly much for the same reason that when I heard Beastie Boys calling “Hey Ladies!” each to each I did not think they called to me.
If you went to a clothing store and asked for the “guys section” would you expect to be asked “but which guys section? Female guys, or male guys?”