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Q: Non-sexist pronoun for boats/ships ( No Answer,   6 Comments )
Subject: Non-sexist pronoun for boats/ships
Category: Sports and Recreation > Hobbies and Crafts
Asked by: lynnes-ga
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Posted: 14 Jun 2006 20:16 PDT
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Question ID: 738271
I would like to know how proponents of non-sexist writing suggest you
refer to the pronoun associated with ships and boats. Is "she" still
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Subject: Re: Non-sexist pronoun for boats/ships
From: gabrielleadams-ga on 14 Jun 2006 22:49 PDT
How about "it"? Boats don't have a gender, after all!
Subject: Re: Non-sexist pronoun for boats/ships
From: politicalguru-ga on 15 Jun 2006 02:14 PDT
Grammatical gender is not "sexist". Some languages have grammatical
gender for all articles, which doesn't make it "sexist".

In any case, "it" could be probably acceptable.
Subject: Re: Non-sexist pronoun for boats/ships
From: daredevilmohan-ga on 15 Jun 2006 02:15 PDT
yes, generally all the non living things are refered as "she"   
for ex: world ,countries

 so definitely boats/ships can be callled as" she"
Subject: Re: Non-sexist pronoun for boats/ships
From: nelson-ga on 15 Jun 2006 03:54 PDT
Definitely "it".
Subject: Re: Non-sexist pronoun for boats/ships
From: frde-ga on 15 Jun 2006 04:49 PDT
- Der Vaterland, das Reich ?

- I strongly suspect that anything other than 'she' is highly unacceptable
Subject: Re: Non-sexist pronoun for boats/ships
From: pugwashjw65-ga on 15 Jun 2006 04:54 PDT

A ship is called 'she' because there is always a great deal of
'bustle' around her.;
There is usually a gang of men about;
She has a 'waist' and 'stays';
It takes a lot of paint to keep her looking good;
It is not the initial expense that 'breaks' you, it is the 'upkeep';
She can be all 'decked' out;
It takes an experienced man to handle 'her' correctly;
And without a man at the helm, she is absolutely uncontrollable;
She shows her 'topsides';
Hides her 'bottom';
And, when coming into port, 

That is why a ship is called "SHE"

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