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3-21-2009 @ 12:02PM
"Does "craftswoman" include men? The answer is no. It is therefore not an inclusive term."I haven't suggested it is, or advocated for the use of the term "craftswoman." Though it would be appropriate when referring exclusively to women craftspersons, just as "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."I don't think the bias that the "-man" suffix carries is mine alone. But, if you truly believe that people would be just as likely to hear "craftsman" and think of a woman as they would be to hear "craftsperson" and think of 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 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 like "craftsperson"."Break down sexist dogma by performing your profession as well as anyone else. It's that simple."It's not just about how good you are when the system was constructed to exclude you. Sexism, racism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination are often systemic, reinforced by - sometimes quite subtly, sometimes not - by our language and practices.
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