I was discussing with a friend, who asked me if
忍者 is also used for women, or if
くノ一 is used/preferred. I know
者 means "person", so it seems to be neutral; and Weblio defines the word using
者, which again seems to suggest it can be used for women; but I noticed in Basilisk female characters are called
I wasn't able to find something definite about this: can
忍者 be used for women, or does it sound strange/wrong?
Edit: Another friend of mine said that
忍び is used for men, but weblio doesn't say anithing about that, and it being an abbreviation for
忍びの者 it does seem neutral; not sure if it can also be used for women.