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    She is an actor

    Is it correct to say "she is an actor"? Or should it only be "she is an actress"? I've read the 1st form in an English book, and found it strange...

    Thank you very much for your help!

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    Re: She is an actor

    Quote Originally Posted by luciaws View Post
    Is it correct to say "she is an actor"? Or should it only be "she is an actress"? I've read the 1st form in an English book, and found it strange...

    Thank you very much for your help!
    "She is an actor" is correct. Terms like "actress" are seen (rightly IMO) as sexist these days.

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    And yet the Academy still gives out Oscars for Best Actor and Best Actress.

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    Re: She is an actor

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    And yet the Academy still gives out Oscars for Best Actor and Best Actress.
    Right, but some of the female recipients refer to themselves as actors (in their acceptance speeches, interviews, etc.) Perhaps the categories should be called Best Actor in a Male Role and Best Actor in a Female Role.
    Trying to achieve gender neutrality is so hard.

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    Re: She is an actor

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Right, but some of the female recipients refer to themselves as actors (in their acceptance speeches, interviews, etc.) Perhaps the categories should be called Best Actor in a Male Role and Best Actor in a Female Role.
    Trying to achieve gender neutrality is so hard.
    Then you're just asking for trouble from the transgendered community.

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    Re: She is an actor

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Then you're just asking for trouble from the transgendered community.
    You´re right. I guess we should just leave well enough alone.

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    Re: She is an actor

    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    You´re right. I guess we should just leave well enough alone.
    Or we could just offer a single award for "Best Actor" and stop caring whether it's won by a man or woman. That would be my preferred solution, since I don't believe the requirements for being a "good actor" are influenced by gender in the same way that, for example, requirements for sporting ability are.

    But yes "she is an actor" is certainly the preferred version for most younger female actors nowadays, although you will still hear the other one said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riquecohen View Post
    Perhaps the categories should be called Best Actor in a Male Role and Best Actor in a Female Role.
    So, Cate Blanchett could have won Best Actor in a Male Role for playing Bob Dylan?

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    Re: She is an actor

    Quote Originally Posted by luciaws View Post
    Is it correct to say "she is an actor"? Or should it only be "she is an actress"? I've read the 1st form in an English book, and found it strange...

    Thank you very much for your help!
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    (1) I can understand why you feel that it is "strange" to use the

    word "actor" for a female who acts.

    (2) I assume that you are a young person. Thus, perhaps a bit

    of social history would be helpful:

    (a) Back in the 1960's and 1970's, various groups felt that they were

    not being treated fairly. Women, for example, no longer wanted

    sentences such as " I want everyone to bring his book." Thus, today

    you have to say: "I want everyone to bring his/her/their book." If

    anyone uses "his," she/he/they will be severely criticized.

    (b) When I was young, we had stewardess, policewoman, waitress, etc.

    Today we must say flight attendant, police officer, server, etc.

    (c) A few people wanted to spell "history" as "herstory" and

    "women" as "womyn." Most people, however, felt that this was

    going too far.

    (d) There are still some people who feel that "Everyone should bring

    his book" and "She is a good actress" are fine English that should be

    continued to be used. But they have lost the battle.

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    #10

    Re: She is an actor

    Thank you all for such great replies. We (who are not native speakers of English) benefit immensely from all the meditations that even the seemingly most simple posts generate.

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