Is the reason because the language is gender biased and sexist?
I can't determine any other reason.
I don't remember English being gender biased.
Hello, I don't know the reason, however I think in English you also find plenty of examples of gender biased language.
See the following examples,

Congressman, chairman, policeman, foreman, fireman, newsman, clergyman, postman, mailman, businessman

We even say Mankind!

It looks very gender biased to me.

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Bose
I think Ghost W is talking about the articles. Well, it's an arbitrary decision to link a masculine or feminine article to a noun, it's logical only when it comes to animals and humans, because we have gender.
Yes,

You are right. No pense en esto cuando lei lo el mensaje anterior. La diferencia tambien es que nosotros no tenemos el pronombre "it" verdad?
Yo creo todo se lo debemos a nuestros antecesores y si quizas fue arbitrario, pero muy marcado por nuestra tradicion machista.

Interesting topic.
Thanks
Bose
If I'm not mistaken, English did use to be like Spanish, if not a little more complicated. It's a Germanic language and in its earliest stage it was a lot like Modern German. It had femenine, masculine and neuter.

Saludos
AnonymousIf I'm not mistaken, English did use to be like Spanish, if not a little more complicated. It's a Germanic language and in its earliest stage it was a lot like Modern German. It had femenine, masculine and neuter. Saludos

Masculin: Der (der Mann)
Femenin: Die (die Frau)
Neutral: Das (das Kind)