I’m not trying to advance a position as to whether gender specific descriptors (e.g. actor/actress) are good or bad. Instead, I’m just trying to adapt my personal word choices to current custom. And, I’m curious if there are some instances in which separate gender descriptors will remain.
If this is more appropriate in IMHO, please move it. But I thought it might be possible for a factual answer to reflect common usage in various settings.
I had perceived near exclusive use of “actor” to refer to performers of any gender. I was curious how that would be reflected in the Academy Awards, and google suggests they still refer to actor/actress.
Is it more common/desirable to use the “male” term to be used to describe all genders, or to seek out gender neutral terms (waitstaff/chair, instead of waiter/chairman)?
I’ve been trying to come up with instances in which a term w/ a diminuitive - traditionally female - ending will remain in common use. Perhaps majorette - describing a typically female baton twirler?