Recently I got into an argument with someone who said that 'Chairwoman' is not a word and the word 'Chairperson' should be used if the gender is female.
Is this correct?
Wouldn't it be sexist, if a man can be called a chair man but a woman should be called a chairperson as that gives the illusion that may it is man (in the event that the name applies to both sexes or the name is unknown.)
Proper terms, "politically correct" terms, all that nonsense. It's a waste of time and breath. If the words used to describe a job or position really offend people, either use the term with "person" to refer to all, or just get over it. There really is no need to get so hyped over the name or title of a job or position of power.
Honestly yes. Why add more to something that is simple? Simply put, again, if you don't like the word "Chairman" just use "Chairperson." Much like "Mailperson" is the term used from what I've gathered. This keeps it simple, and eliminates using more than one word unnecessarily, and takes away the "sexist" feel.
Oh you haven't caused any! Sorry if any of my answers have seemed that way (: I do not mean to seem rude at all, that's the sucky thing about text related conversations, you never know exactly what people are feeling haha.
It is proper use - as also is chairman - as the man refers to a person rather than a male as in hu man kind. Chair is also normal use. As also is chairperson, although that only arose with feminism, and as women are now equal in regard to that ism - if not in reality - the term could and should be discarded as being divisive. I would say
Chairman and chairwoman appear in both Websters and Oxford, so it is definitely a correct term, along with chair (horrendous) and chairperson for those afraid of being gender specific. There is also an inference in Oxford that chairman does for both genders, probably the 'man' is not gender but rooted in the Latin, manus - hand, the one who handles? There is a medieval English word for chairwoman, I've seen it once and can't remember the spelling but it is along the lines of, chairtrix.