Sunday, November 10, 2013

Gender Neutral Job Titles and Frisky Business

I'm being pre-emptive with this post... 

Frisky Business will be released soon.  It's the fourth book in the Sasha Jackson Mysteries series.  This time around, PI Sasha Jackson is investigating the death of a porno star.

No doubt, someone will comment on the fact that throughout the book, I refer to the female porn stars as ACTRESSES rather than using the gender neutral term ACTOR.  

This was a deliberate choice.

One of the themes in Frisky Business is the exploitation of women in the sex trade in general, but particularly in the world of XXX films.  

Yes, I am sure that many people who work in that industry get treated poorly, regardless of gender.  But, I think it's a fair comment to say that women are exploited more often than men in this milieu.  So, in recognition of that and to draw a distinction, I have used the term ACTRESS when I am talking about the females.  

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