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10th Feb '17 5:24:23 AM Thesedaysthosedays
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** When the characters have rescued a Solarian child, who will live in a human society instead of among the Solarians, they feel more comfortable with a normal gendered pronoun. They call the child "her," partly on the grounds that she is capable of giving birth.
7th Feb '17 7:54:05 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Reek is constantly referred to as a "pet" and a "creature."
3rd Feb '17 12:29:04 PM JoeMerl
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* {{Subverted|Trope}} in Creator/BruceCoville's ''Literature/RodAlbrightAlienAdventures'' stories by Tar Gibbons, an alien who is [[BizarreAlienSexes neither male nor female]]. It tells Rod that "it" is the best English pronoun to use and, when Rod comments that that would be insulting to it, responds that it would actually be insulted by "he" or "she".
%%* Other Coville books sometimes play with this idea, such as his ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' series.

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* {{Subverted|Trope}} in Creator/BruceCoville's ''Literature/RodAlbrightAlienAdventures'' stories by ''Literature/RodAlbrightAlienAdventures:'' Tar Gibbons, Gibbons is an alien who is [[BizarreAlienSexes neither male nor female]]. It female]], so tells Rod that "it" is the best English pronoun to use and, when Rod comments that that would be "it." Tar Gibbons apparently finds this ''less'' insulting to it, responds that it would actually be insulted by than "he" or "she".
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"she." (Funnily enough, another alien is horrified that Rod refers to his younger siblings as "Thing One and Thing Two," [[Literature/TheCatInTheHat not getting the literary reference]].)
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Other Coville books sometimes play with this idea, such as his ''Literature/MyTeacherIsAnAlien'' series.series.



* In ''Literature/TheAngelExperiment'', Angel is very upset when the scientists experimenting on her continue to refer to her as "it".

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* In ''Literature/TheAngelExperiment'', Angel is very upset when the scientists experimenting on her continue to refer to her as "it"."it."


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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'''s WholeEpisodeFlashback, [[TheSmartGuy Pearl]] refers to [[BumblingDad Greg]] as "it," but switches to "he" when he's actually in her presence. Probably meant to show how disconnected the Crystal Gems were from humans before he showed up. (Ironically, ''they're'' the ones with NoBiologicalSex.)
27th Jan '17 7:41:40 PM Drgonzo
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* Played for laughs in the denouement of ''[[Literature/BrothersOfTheSnake]]'', when the planetary governor is marveling at the Iron Snakes' dreadnought, she (understandably, given she's never seen one before) refers to it as "it". After a bit of this, the dreadnought decides he's had enough and declares "IT can HEAR you."

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* Played for laughs in the denouement of ''[[Literature/BrothersOfTheSnake]]'', ''Literature/BrothersOfTheSnake'', when the planetary governor is marveling at the Iron Snakes' dreadnought, she (understandably, given she's never seen one before) refers to it as "it". After a bit of this, the dreadnought decides he's had enough and declares "IT can HEAR you."
27th Jan '17 7:41:08 PM Drgonzo
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* Played for laughs in the denouement of ''[[Literature/BrothersOfTheSnake]]'', when the planetary governor is marveling at the Iron Snakes' dreadnought, she (understandably, given she's never seen one before) refers to it as "it". After a bit of this, the dreadnought decides he's had enough and declares "IT can HEAR you."
26th Jan '17 9:27:35 PM PaulA
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* Inverted in ''Literature/{{Foundation}} and Earth'', where the genetically engineered hermaphroditic Solarians insist on being called "it" -- since, after all, they are not half humans like us, but complete, perfect beings.

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* Inverted in ''Literature/{{Foundation}} and Earth'', ''Literature/FoundationAndEarth'', where the genetically engineered hermaphroditic Solarians insist on being called "it" -- since, after all, they are not half humans like us, but complete, perfect beings.
15th Jan '17 3:18:50 AM TheBushranger
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[[caption-width-right:246:With numbers it's easier to commit [[KillEmAll mass murder]] [[StepThreeProfit for profit]].]]
11th Jan '17 9:09:42 PM Katsuhagi
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* In ''Film/RogueOne'', Krennic calls for his Stormtroopers to find Galen Erso's hidden daughter Jyn by telling them to "find it", and a later scene establishes that he knew damn well the child was a girl.
9th Jan '17 8:15:53 PM infernape612
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Needless to say, this trope gets to be troublesome when referring to a person who fits neither "he/him" nor "she/her". In real life, multiple genderless person-pronouns have been invented-- such as "hir", "xe", "zie", or "ou"--to avoid it, but none of them have made it into mainstream use. In English, using "they" to refer to a single individual is becoming more popular in common use, though many a GrammarNazi will tell you off for doing so [[note]]Though such a GrammarNazi would likely do well to learn this has been done in English since at least Chaucer.[[/note]]. In an inversion of the trope, "it" has become a popular pronoun choice in nonbinary communities -- but you should never ''ever'' call anyone "it" unless they specifically ask.

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Needless to say, this trope gets to be troublesome when referring to a person who fits neither "he/him" nor "she/her". In real life, multiple genderless person-pronouns have been invented-- such as "hir", "xe", "zie", or "ou"--to avoid it, but none of them have made it into mainstream use. In English, using "they" to refer to a single individual is becoming more popular in common use, though many a GrammarNazi will tell you off for doing so so. [[note]]Though such a GrammarNazi would likely do well to learn this has been done in English since at least Chaucer.[[/note]]. [[/note]] In an inversion of the trope, "it" has become a popular pronoun choice in nonbinary communities -- but you should never ''ever'' call anyone "it" unless they specifically ask.
7th Jan '17 6:39:25 AM Rhivana
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* In Chinese, the word "tā" is the universal third person pronoun. It only acquires gender when written. 他 is male, 她 is female, while 它 is for objects or animals.

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* In Chinese, the word "tā" is the universal third person pronoun. It only acquires gender when written. 他 is male, 她 is female, while 它 is for objects or animals.animals (in Simplified Chinese).
**In Traditional Chinese, 它 is used for objects and 牠 is for animals. The practice of referring animals as 它 in Simplified Chinese seems to be dehumanizing to those who would actually use 牠 in their writing. The fact that animal cruelty is more of an issue in Mainland China also doesn't help.
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