why do people refer to animals as a "he" without knowing their gender?

#1
in real life and on youtube comments people automatically refer to animals as a "he". Sometimes when it's kind of obvious like a female orangutan, some still refer to as a he.


If a person sees a stray dog, they are going to refer to it as a he.

seems pretty illogical, animals of unknown gender should be refer to as it.
Last edited by musicandthewave at Jul 5, 2014,
#2
They don't care. Why should I?

Besides, you can't spell she without he so just call it a he so you don't waste time saying longer words like she.
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#6
Probably the same reason they refer to a ship as a "she" despite not knowing how the ship self-identifies.
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#7
I'm as anti-patriarchy as anyone, but it's a pretty widespread linguistic feature. Languages tend to default to masculine, in some cases even when they have a neuter gender.

I usually use "it" until I know, though. Unlike with people.
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I remember I saw a baby once, and I was like "oh wow, that's a beautiful baby boy."

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#9
It's because we know the female animals are all in their homes, tidying up and preparing meals, AS IS FITTING FOR ALL FEMALES. So any animal we observe not cleaning, or discussing shoes, handbags or other such vapid pursuits must, by default be male.

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I remember I saw a baby once, and I was like "oh wow, that's a beautiful baby boy."

It turned out to be an octopus that quickly suctioned to my face and stole my glasses.


That happened to you as well?