Gendering in-animate objects
Assigning a gender to an inanimate object by using gendered pronouns to discuss it applies cultural connotations to characteristics. These connotations are related to gender stereotypes and help to perpetuate them.
You should use the pronoun it to talk about inanimate objects.
The ship slipped her moorings.
The ship slipped its moorings.
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Last month, France and her citizens woke up to snowfall.
Last month, France and its citizens woke up to snowfall.
Tip: When personifying inanimate objects (i.e. for a cartoon story) think: what objects have been given a gender and is this based on stereotypes? It is also important to include both male and female characters rather than treating the male as neutral.
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