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  •  They still say "male nurse", though. (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm waiting for "actress" to go the way of "doctress".

    •  As far as that goes (0+ / 0-)

      ...several other languages (French for example, & possibly Spanish as well) have been developing in the opposite direction by creating feminine forms for professions — but with the same intention of encoding women's increased social acceptance in those professions into the language.

      (In case some fellow American thinks the opposite, note that this comes at the same time that many among the younger generation of French women now regard the term mademoiselle — approximately "my-little-woman" — as condescending.)

      While changes in language often accompany changes in attitudes, said changes in attitudes are the really important part — no matter how a given culture chooses to express them.

      Time once again to fight cyber-spying! Defeat CISPA!

      by Brown Thrasher on Wed Mar 27, 2013 at 07:42:40 PM PDT

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      •  Well put. (0+ / 0-)

        And you can't force a change in attitude by creating a change in language.  (I'm still dismayed at how "Ms." has not been fully adopted for its original purpose, which was to serve as a female honorific that did not distinguish between unmarried and married women.)

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