I only ask because, this side of the water, the word 'actress' seems now only to exist within formulaic jokes which turn upon the phrases "As the Bishop said to the Actress" and "As the Actress said to the Bishop". I suppose the magic would be aborted if the phrase mutated to "As the Bishop said to the Actor". (Does this genre of humour exist trans undas?0
Perhaps, in the Catholic Church, there should be jokes articulated by the formula "As the Cardinal said to the Actor".
Anyway ... QUESTION 1
An English actress called Beckinsale is in the news for saying that, in Hollywood, if you are
(a) a woman, and
the combination will be a very notable career disadvantage.
Why do so many men have problems with clever women? I invite serious answers.
In the following extract, we find women undergraduates ... circa 1935 ... alluding to the phenomenon:
"I hope," said Miss Millbanks, "[Miss Flaxman] has not been trying to collect your Geoffrey."
"I'm not giving her the opportunity," said Miss Layton. "Geoffrey's sound-yes, darlings, definitely sound-but I'm taking no chances. Last time we had him to tea in the J.C.R., Flaxman came undulating in-so sorry, she had no idea anybody was there, and she'd left a book behind. With the Engaged Label on the door as large as life. I did not introduce Geoffrey."
"Did he want you to?" inquired Miss Haydock.
"Asked who she was. I said she was the Templeton Scholar and the world's heavyweight in the way of learning. That put him off."
"What'll Geoffrey do when you pull off your First, my child?" demanded Miss Haydock.
"Well Eve-it will be awkward if I do that. Poor lamb! I shall have to make him believe I only did it by looking fragile and pathetic at the viva." ...
I have just heard a discussion on the Home Service about why nearly all novels nowadays are written by women; 80% of the readers are women; and what can be done about it.
Does anything need to be done?
Are women different from men? If not, why not?