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There have in fact been studies into the effect of grammatical gender on subconscious stereotyping of inanimate objects, and there does indeed seem to be some carryover. Here's one "pop sci" write-up based on this academic write-up¹, which reports on various other studies. ¹ Boroditsky, L., Schmidt, L., & Phillips, W. (2003). Sex, Syntax, and Semantics. ...

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