Let's say I want to ask
How many people are in the hotel? Women do not count.
I would like to get, as an answer, the number of people in the hotel excluding women. Is the above question the right way to ask it?
Women do not count is the part I find confusing. In this particular context, it may be obvious what it means, but in general, wouldn't it mean that women are not capable of counting, instead of women not being a part of the people we consider in our counting?
In my opinion, it sounds much intuitive to say
Women have not being counted or
Women are not (being) counted. But, at the other hand, it still doesn't make much sense.
So, what is the correct way to ask it? Btw, how would the same sentence look like in present continious, or past simple?
Thank you in advance for your time.
This is my first question on english stack exchange community. English, as you can probably tell, is not my native language, so feel free to correct any grammar mistakes I've made in this post. Thanks.