I apologize in advance for the absurdity of this post.
After a long awaited birth, the parent finally gets a definite confirmation of of their child's gender when the doctor holds up the baby, and exclaims (for example), "It's a boy!"
Is it just me, or is this a widespread social grammatical blunder? My thoughts are that, if you know what gender the baby is, and you're announcing the gender, then you really do NOT need to use a neuter third person personal pronoun.
It's almost like the doctor doesn't know what gender the baby is until reaching the very end of the statement. Maybe they're giving themselves extra time just to make sure. Maybe the Doctor sees the infant as an object rather than a life, or perhaps the doctor feels concerned about imposing social roles on the child.
Either way, the pronoun does hold the suspense to the very end of the statement (which is probably the last thing a mother needs after the ordeal of childbirth) but i would be quite concerned for the child's health if i was told that my baby was an, "It." It does happen, and i hear it can be dangerous.
Maybe it's just too much to ask that someone who goes through 9 or more years of school that we entrust our lives to know the very basics of their native language?