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November 24, 2020
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I don't understand the commenters going so far as to say calling females ACTORs sounds "Orwellian", "ridiculous", or "distasteful". Or viewing the term ACTRESS for females as "empowering" or preferable.
What about many other terms in that same industry like director, producer, movie star, celebrity, entertainer, performer, talk show host, etc.?
What about the vast majority of professions in English? Some common ones:- athlete- coach- musician / singer- artist- novelist / author / writer / blogger- executive- president- politician- lawyer- doctor- nurse- therapist- surgeon- teacher- architect- designer- engineer- scientist- researcher- journalist- reporter- driver- cashier- bank teller- secretary- chef
None of these job / role nouns are inherently male or female, even though one sex may command the majority share of positions (historically or to this day).
@Diva4Jesus even wrote "I, however, like the fact that ladies and gentlemen are inherently different, and for me, vive la difference"
For professions where sex doesn't matter, how could you legally hire employees without discriminating against a particular sex, if you had female terms like "driveress" or "engineeress" for example? Sure ladies and gentlemen are different, but the job or role is not. At least according to women and many others who have been fighting for equality. Just like both sexes can perform the role of "parent" or "caregiver", even though a male cannot be a "mother".
Adding new classifications for roles based on sex would be counterproductive and provide no value. In an increasingly complex world where an individual can choose their gender and pronouns, yet ask or legally require others to respect that decision, it would be complete chaos. If you really want to differentiate, a mechanism already exists - you can say "female actor" or "male nurse".
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