In just the same way, actors were men; women who acted were actresses.
So just when did the words actor, author, conductor and the like become bisexual? Or are they now asexual? Transgender perhaps?
And just as puzzling to me - in fact, even more puzzling to me, is why did those words change? What is wrong in calling a lady who acts, an actress, and a man, an actor? Is it demeaning in some way to have different nouns indication gender? If we take this to its logical conclusion, we shall have neither men nor women, just persons.
Off now to the Lilac Lark, where Brighton Lions will be running pig races.