In AE it is normal to use the same word female for animals and humans: female police officer female giraffe In Russian we have two separate words: женщина /jenshina/ - woman самка /samka/ - female animal To call a woman "samka" is extremely derogatory. As I remember correctly, French in this aspect is similar to Russian. How about your language? - do you have sepapate words for female animal and woman? - if so, is it insulting/derogatory to call a woman the same word as "female animal"?