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every once in a while people suggest the best thing to do is get rid of female coded words and just go with male coded words.

"lets get rid of actress, and everyone can an actor."

why dont we get rid of actor and everyone can be an actress? oh because that makes a lot of people uncomfortable? funny that.

"everyone can just be a man" is not the galaxy-brain destroying the gender binary idea people think it is.

not like this was a giant glaring issue with second wave feminism that ruined a lot of femmes and butches lives.

@siege the whole thing in battle star galactica where everyone was "sir" really stood out to me as an example of this

@siege i think the idea is that "-ess" is seen as a modifier on other words, and so specifying "actress" is like saying "actorwoman" but "actor" isn't like saying "actorman"

@sunsetmoth except the -ess in seamstress is not a modifier, there isnt a seamster. its just a female coded word.

@siege Exactly, if we do that we're just going with the sexist trope that's common to a lot of other European languages, the default root word should never be the masculine version. Instead we should opt for truly gender neutral words.

For instance, instead of actor why not use the word performer?

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