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The two sentences, I would like to have considered are these;

"Barry also describes feminism as being just the opposite of essentialism. Or as Culler points out .... "

Is the second sentence of correct construction.

Thank you in advance

Duncan
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I am happy with your explanation and it fits with my unease about the whole construction of the sentence.

Parallel grammar in this case makes sense to me.

Thank you very much for your assistance.

I have a couple more questions for the boys and girls, but they warrant a new thread

Duncan
Regardless, it still represents a trite nuance. After a few centuries we've finally given up 'actress.' I think Zissner,
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Grammar Geek wrote:

The authoress is a natural German speaker.

Perhaps this is another Americanism, but I've never seen the word "authoress" before. Author has no gender that I'm aware of.

Noun1.authoress - a woman author
author, writer - writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)

It has been a word in my vocabulary for years. I didnt even realise it could be americanised.

or anyone else interested in an uncluttered vocabulary, would find delight in the death of 'authoress' as well.
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Hi Anonymous person,

You say After a few centuries we've finally given up 'actress.'

Let me argue a little, for fun.

On Sunday, I and millions of others spent the evening watching a lot of intelligent and taleneted women happily competing for Oscars as 'Best Actress' and 'Best Supporting Actress'. They didn't seem to be upset at or insulted by the word.

Would you recommend that men and women compete together for a single Oscar as 'Best Actor', 'Best Supporting Actor'?
Or perhaps you would recommend that the 'actress' categories be renamed as 'Best Female Actor', 'Best Female Supporting Actor'?

Do you have a similar antipathy for the word 'princess'? Do you look forward to the day we just call them a 'prince'?

Best wishes, Clive
Hmmm, I would beg to differ, Clive. I believe the words "Prince" and "Princess" are the root of all the problems people have with calling someone an actor or an actress. You see, a Prince and a princess are the female and male offspring of a king and queen. You would not very well call them both by the same name because they both do not have the same duties or rankings. When we are talking about acting, both the male and the female perform the same task and have the same rankings of being an actor. There is no reason to separate them with different labels for awards unless you are purposefully doing so. In the Grammy Awards Show, they are certainly separating the two genders when handing out the awards for best male and best female actors. The mistake was made many years ago and has not yet been corrected. Yes, it should be labeled "Best Male Actor and Best Female Actor." Then they could add the category of best actor overall. You want to know why its never happened? Male ego. I think that it would be pretty cool actually. An award for best actor of the year, period, be they male or female. The whole adding of the "ess" to describe female counterparts in any role other than a princess should be abandoned. You ever heard of a mechanicess? How about a lawyeress? Doctoress?
No offense, but to assume something typed incorrectly to you is an "Americanism" is a bit insulting to me, as an American. Couldn't anyone from any country be the inventor of this word you disapprove of? Why do you need to imply fault on an entire country? How about calling it a colloquialism or something?
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I take it you are referring to this remark, written by GrammarGeek in 2009.

Perhaps this is another Americanism, but I've never seen the word "authoress" before. Author has no gender that I'm aware of.

GG is still taking part in the Forum, so I hope she will respond to you. I just want to comment that she is an American, just as you are.

Clive