The word 'master' is obviously gendered sometimes, but is it always so?
There is the perhaps traditional sense associated with servitude.
- Master Frodo
- Master of the realm
In these cases the word cold be replaced with mistress without sounding unusual.
Then there are cases which are traditional terms, but don't seem to be applied differently if a female is applicable.
- master at arms
- quarter master
Then there is a more general. Master of something. For example
She was a master of disguise
To my mind this may not be gendered. I've not seen 'mistress' used in this way. Also outside of a formal title 'mistress' has other, less positive connotations.
Is it still gendered in this sense? Are there good neutral alternatives?