What is wrong with that word? I honestly don't get it. I'm proud to call myself a woman, and I would be proud to call myself an actress--or a laundress, huntress, princess, queen, Madam Secretary, or Chairwoman of the Board. Why is it suddenly politically incorrect for actresses to call themselves actresses? It's a lovely, elegant word! Who the heck decided it has a negative connotation? And, honestly, if people are saying the gender is irrelevant, why do we still have two gendered acting categories at the awards shows? Doesn't anybody see how ridiculous it is to have awards named "best male actor" and "best female actor"??? How does "best female actor" sound better or have a better meaning than "best actress"? It's almost MORE demeaning. If this is not political correctness run amok, I don't know what is! Pretending actors and actresses are the same thing at a time we are supposed to be celebrating diversity? And if there is an award named "best female actor", are we going to have to get an award named "best transsexual actor" or "best transgendered actor"? Or are we just sticking with the two categories? And if so, why? Why the TWO categories? Why not one or three? Sincerely, I am asking this question sincerely. What women need in the film business are better characters, better dialogue, and non-exploitative wardrobes. I am sick to death of seeing film scenes where the woman is changing her clothes for absolutely no plot reason other than to show her in her underwear. Or getting into the shower before the monster or criminal attacks you, so that you can be naked during the attack! Or wearing high heels and having your hair flopping all over your eyes when you are supposed to be a law enforcement agent. Or co-starring with a romantic lead old enough to be your father...or grandfather! Is calling yourself a "female actor" going to stop that nonsense? I don't think so.