"Female Actors"January 6 2002 at 8:41 AM
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maninthetub (Login maninthetub)
Response to LaxHistory 1972
"They were called the Warlocks but it should be pointed out that male witches are only called Warlocks on the television show Bewitched. They are properly referred to as witches - just as actresses are technically known as actors. Sorry if all that sounds frightfully unheterosexual but I don't make the rules!"
I'm not sure why you feel the need to point out the difference between witches and warlocks exactly but I appreciate the information and your frustrations with such. I learned all my witchcraft from watching Aunt Clara on Bewitched which may explain why most of my spells don't quite come off.
Flipping channels last night and I stumbled upon some award program. Several actresses were up for some award .. looked to be television. Anyway, I do recall the presenter was Ben Kingsley and he presented the award to the "female actor" for the year, Sissy Spacek. There has been this recent disturbing trend to refer to actresses as "actors" .. as if sex doesn't exist or shouldn't exist. Highly politicised naturally, I assume there is some group out there that sees it as important to not distinguish between the sexes for financial reasons. After all, "only men get the good roles in Hollywood (bla bla bla) .. we just have to hope that nobody notices what we are up to," or so the thinking goes.
First, I think it's very sad that a small minority of women would think that there was some kind of advantage to be gained by referring to actresses as "female actors". Rather than celebrate the differences in sex and celebrating the equality achieved with men, this kind of thinking only underlines past perceived inequalities between the sexes. The original feminist ideal was to create a world where actors and actresses were considered as equals .. artificially referring to actresses as "female actors" is like an admission of defeat and sets the women's movement back some 30 years.
Secondly, I'm tired of small minorities perverting the language with this twaddle and breaking accepted standards and rules simply because they can. The "issue" isn't really any issue at all .. more important is claiming that they were the people behind it. It's more important to be recognized as the agent of change rather than actually caring about any change itself.
I love women. I love the differences between the sexes. I would hate to live in a world of only men. A little thing like referring to men as actors and women as actresses only helps to underline and celebrate those differences.
- Re: Actors - Glen Dundas on Jan 6, 1:26 PM
- Well either ... - maninthetub on Jan 6, 9:59 PM
- Well Said - Thistlesbriar on Jan 13, 3:05 PM