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How about this - we call women actors and men can be called actor-men. Because, hey that's more descriptive and not sex-less.

There's no need to use the word actress any more than we need the words playwrightress, directrix or stage manageress.

Anybody looking for someone to act will specify if they need a male or female actor in the casting call and - wonders never cease! - sometimes the role can be for a male OR female. Although those "anybody" roles usually go to men anyway, since men are the universal, women are the specific. And the vast majority of roles written for women are still very much about the state of the character's reproductive capacity. But let's hope for a better future for female actors and not use outdated terms in the meantime.

Lance Mannion

Nancy, I'm also not a fan of using two words where one will do.

Kevin Wolf

I can draw but don't anymore. More's the pity. No idea how to reconnect.

Lance Mannion

Kevin, I was never more than a passable cartoonist, but I used to draw a lot. Doodle a lot, at any rate. Lately, I've been trying to take it up again and have been carrying around a small sketchpad and pencils, which I had with me Tuesday night. But there wasn't a good place for me to set up where I could have seen them without their seeing me and knowing what I was up to. Not that I'd have tried if there was. Like I said, if I was bolder...

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