I run a mile when I hear someone say 'political correctness gone made'. It is usually a cover for some outrageous opinion. Goes with, I am not racist/sexist/homophobic but...
However, I have made a decision tonight that revokes a previous one. At some point perhaps twenty years or so ago, I read that it was silly to use gender specific terms when referring to someone's profession. I agreed with the sentiment.
So, I stopped using the words conductress, actress and waitress. They became a conductor, an actor and a waiter. If the gender of the person was important to what I was saying, I would add female. Male was assumed already by the listener if the above profession titles were used.
Forgive me, but I have been reading celeb gossip again. I said to R last nnight when Curtis Stone, who I know well enough from when he and a colleague, male, had a cooking show on ABC tv. Ah, break sentence and start anew.
I said, 'Curtis has a new girlfriend, a somewhat famous actor'. Did that momentarily confuse you? Did you for a millisecond think that maybe Curtis has a new boyfriend?
It is odd that some profession titles can identify a person's gender and others not. Regardless, I have decided to now use job titles that sound natural to my ears. So therefore, actress, waitress and no need to worry to about conductress. We don't have any of those any more, nor conductors. Ok, maybe on trains and heritage rail transport we do.