Is It Sexist To Have A Separate Category For Women At The Oscars?
Isn’t it proper to be gender-neutral?
True, the Association for Women in Science gives honors to encourage female success in male-dominated fields. But to mark enduring achievements, would its members ever yearn for a Women’s Nobel Prize in physics?
In contests of intellect or artistry, should gender ever matter?
“It’s not like it’s upper body strength,” Gloria Steinem dryly observed of the requirements of acting.
The separate labeling of male and female performers is losing favor in the industry. Actresses often swat the distinction away by calling themselves “actors,” standing shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts.