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Domestic and stray cats should be referred to as ‘he’ and ‘she’ or ‘him’ and ‘her’ and not ‘it’ — 5 Comments

  1. Shows how much Wikipedia knows. 😉

    Growing up I was thought to speak proper English. Both of my grandmothers were school teachers. Even to this day, I still adhere to their traditional standards of speech.

    Traditionally when referring to someone of unknown gender, the proper pronoun was always masculine. Even today, it is still the proper way.

    (I know, all those feminists are going to rant over this one. Too bad! Get over it! 😋 I’m a woman who knows following tradition does not dehumanize or make me less of a woman.)

    • I used to use the masculine pronoun but in light of a huge push for female equality (it’s in the news all the time) I now give equal use to both male and female. And we are talking about cats not humans.

  2. I totally agree with you Michael. Every cat is a personality, a “he” or a “she.” Using the impersonal pronoun “it” devalues a sentient being in my opinion.

    I disagree with the English Grammar guide about using the word “it” to refer to animals, and also babies.😮

    I also disagree with Wikipedia’s “Gender in English” article, which condones using the word “it” for babies and animals. This article was even updated September 18, 2018.😲

    • The word ‘it’ for babies is inappropriate today. I find it absurd. Once again it is treating an ‘animal’ – the human animal in this case – in a derogatory way as far as I am concerned.

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