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Gender-specific titles (dropped post)

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 12:14 pm    Post subject: Gender-specific titles (dropped post) Reply with quote

Administrator's note: When I splitted the thread and moved it, I missed this one. It belongs between X's first and second posts in the main "Gender-specific" thread. Sorry, guys.

X, you don't understand at all. Since the start of the modern feminist movement, we women have been fighting to have the feminine form of any title/post recognized as of equal value to the masculine form. That's where real equality is. In language as well as in fact.

By calling a woman an "actor", you're implicitly saying that you consider the masculine form to be superior to the feminine. While you're at it, why don't you call Elizabeth II the King of England? Or Princess Victoria of Sweden the Crown Prince? If in your mind using the feminine form devalorizes the title? Rolling Eyes

ETA: By the same token, Venus should be the God of Love, and the statue of Diana the Huntress should be renamed "Diana the Hunter", or "God of the Hunt".

In France we've been fighting the same battle successfully, though there still are some die-hards (men and women) who will use the masculine article and masculine form, especially for higher-ranking, more prestigious posts. They have no problem calling a woman who herds sheep a "shepherdess" but they will refer to a woman President in the masculine form. Thank goodness, that is done less and less, as that backwards, "masculine is superior" mentality is dying out. Twisted Evil And in France no actress worth her salt would want to be called an actor. It's frankly ridiculous. And demeaning to women.

Last edited by LadyDragon on 13 March 2008 at 2:05 p.m. Edited one time in total.
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