You know what the first thing they teach in women's self defense is? Yell FIRE. People don't respond to HELP anymore.
I often hear women categorized as a "minority group," which I find ironic since they make up the majority in this country. That is, there are more females than males, more women than men in colleges, etc.
I think I understand what those who like to label things are trying to communicate, but perhaps they could devise a more appropriate term to better make their case.