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Old 07-30-2018, 03:08 PM
 
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In recent years the term "actor" seems to have become a gender-neutral term in many instances. So is the term "actress" headed for obscurity?
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Old 07-30-2018, 04:57 PM
 
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Looks that way. Like stewardesses became flight attendants, etc, etc, etc.
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Old 07-30-2018, 09:53 PM
 
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In recent years the term "actor" seems to have become a gender-neutral term in many instances. So is the term "actress" headed for obscurity?
It is a sign of the new strength of women.

Plus it opens up 50% more bathrooms.
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Old 07-31-2018, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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I never saw a reason for "actress"--it has nothing to do with politics or "liberation," either; it's silly. I also never used "aviatrix," or "executrix." What nonsense.

I do see "actress" remaining, for example, in awards categories, where I don't see them grouping together awards for both sexes, or adopting a "female actor" category.
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Old 07-31-2018, 06:58 PM
 
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Actor: it's not a person, it's not a gender, it's a job. Now all you stunt women line up over here.
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Old 08-01-2018, 02:02 AM
 
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In recent years the term "actor" seems to have become a gender-neutral term in many instances. So is the term "actress" headed for obscurity?
What "recent years"? This has been happening for a good decade or longer.


https://www.quora.com/Why-and-when-d...e-term-actress


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Old 08-01-2018, 07:13 AM
 
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Either way


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Old 08-01-2018, 02:01 PM
 
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As with many other things that which is associated with men derives a higher status.


For most of history actresses were women considered no better than they should be; practically one step (if that) away from the street.


Yes, some like Lille Langtry achieved great success on stage, and did mingle with "society". However the profession still attached rather low connotations so women were seen as something close to or near a prostitute. Thus many families didn't exactly welcome their sons marrying an actress.


Gender neutral and or just using the male version for a profession has been taking hold since the 1970's or maybe 1980's and is seen across the board.


There are no longer "male nurses", just *nurses*.


Lady doctors are now just "doctors"


Authoress simply is an "author"
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Old 08-04-2018, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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Actor: it's not a person, it's not a gender, it's a job. Now all you stunt women line up over here.
Acting is a job--performed by actors (people).
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