"Very important. General rule for English speakers - if you don’t do it in the human context, don’t do it in the nonhuman context.
Just make a little effort to say “she or he” or “her or him” if you don’t know the sex. It’s a little effort with a very important social message.
Nonhuman animals are *persons*, not *things*. Therefore, we should refer to a nonhuman animal as a “she” or “he,” never as an “it.””
I really don’t think animals care. xD They don’t take offense or attack someone because of what someone says. HOW you say it with tone of voice matters though, animal or human. I don’t care if people refer to me as an it but it’s HOW you say it. If they refer to me as an it in a mean tone of voice I’d MIGHT take offense since that isn’t nice but just simply saying “it”? People are just too sensitive (not a good sensitive) and everything has to be “politically correct”. I mean, c’mon. There’s more things to worry about like child hunger or war than to be politically correct. I swear, the world is getting closer and closer to being a miserable place for everyone. You can’t say anything anymore without accidentally offending another.
In Finland, calling someone (person or animal) an ‘it’ (”se” in Finnish) isn’t considered nearly as offensive as it is in English. It’s only really thought of as rude if you’re talking about an old person or someone of very high authority.
So, yeah, from my perspective, I definitely agree with Kuro and don’t really understand the whole fuss about this sorta stuff :|
"Oh man, that Sakke. It’s a real swell guy, it is"
^ I mean. Technically that’s wrong, but should I really get upset if that imaginary person called me an ‘it’ if he/she did it in a nice tone and said something nice? I don’t think so.
Just my two cents on the issue :v
^ this person has a point
Many languages out there dont have very strict gender specific rules. And most people outside the u.s. (i say this because most people outside the u.s. are bilingual to an extent) probably dont care enough about gender specific rules, since they are in fact used to multiple languages, and how they deal with those rules.
^ Exactly. In Finland, there’s no ‘he’ or ‘she’. There’s only ‘hän’ for both guys and gals. And even then, it’s mostly used in writing, rather than in normal chat. So, if I sometimes get confused whether to call a person he or she, that’s the reason why. :v
Yup, everyone move to Finland
agreed lets go to finland