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3-16-2009 @ 9:43PM
"Does "craftswoman" include men? The answer is no. It is therefore not an inclusive term."I haven't advocated for the use of the term "craftswoman," though it would be appropriate when referring exclusively to women craftspersons. "Craftsmen" would be appropriate when referring exclusively to men."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."Well, if you truly believe that people would be just as likely to picture a "craftsman" as a woman as they would be to picture a "craftsperson" as a woman, then I guess I'll have to get back to you with some research data. Wish me luck on the funding application."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".""Crafts(wo)man" is clearly purely a written construct. "Craftsperson" would be my preferred choice, and I believe you can get its pronunciation from Webster's."Does it really matter if you are a man or a woman in the job?"No, it does not."Does it reflect your skill?"No, it does not."Why fight for gender? Why is it more important than heritage or sexual orientation or anything else?"I haven't advocated the use of gendered terms, but gender-neutral terms."Break down sexist dogma by performing your profession as well as anyone else. It's that simple."
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