A curious thought was born into my mind the other day shortly after my friend took a huge bite of a dripping, beefy cheeseburger. Instinctively, I asked, "How is she?" I wouldn't have thought anything of my words prior to taking this class, but something about that phrase caught my ear as it left my mouth.
Why do we classify inanimate objects as feminine? It's widely socially accepted, and has been since gosh knows when. Is it flattering to the female population that a sexy sports car is a "she," or offensive that a dump truck is as well? How about a beautiful forest or a landfill? Or is the problem here simply that, because we classify things as female, we're gradually conditioned to classify females as things?
Perhaps this contributes to men rampantly objectifying women. Should I stop making mouth-love to my burrito and saying things like "she's so... *sob* beautiful..!"?
I'm also currently in Spanish 1230. It's hard not to notice that Spanish has some feminine inanimate nouns while others are masculine. Could this possibly be connected to the different social positions that Spanish and American females have? In this light, could Spanish women be considered heroines simply due to their culture?
My main question is, should I completely stop referring to objects as female? Or should I call some objects "he" and others "she," depending on their phallic qualities? (i.e. Mr. Hot Dog & Ms. Taco)