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3-16-2009 @ 9:11PM
Now Webster takes a shot.Main Entry: crafts·man Listen to the pronunciation of craftsmanPronunciation: \ˈkraf(t)s-mən\ Function: noun Date: 13th century1 : a worker who practices a trade or handicraft 2 : one who creates or performs with skill or dexterity especially in the manual arts So your Oxford Dictionary, which requires a password to confirm the definition presented, says one thing, but Webster says another.And again, you avoid the direct questions. Does "craftswoman" include men? The answer is no. It is therefore not an inclusive term. Despite your personal biases to the term "craftsman", we see clear evidence that it can and does included women. Over time it became the default word for a person who works in a handicraft.And again, if these words are not made up, how do you say them? All languages evolve from a spoken word first, then possible to a written form. There is no way to say the word "crafts(wo)man".And again, you avoid the obvious. Does it really matter if you are a man or a woman in the job? Does it reflect your skill? Why fight for gender? Why is it more important than heritage or sexual orientation or anything else?Break down sexist dogma by performing your profession as well as anyone else. It's that simple.
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