I have been reading meta, and there is quite an uproar about the gender neutrality of the new CoC. Without going into merits of this discussion, got me wondering. Gendered pronouns arent really neccesery, Finnish language seems to cope quite well without. What othe languages lack gramatical gender? Is it common?
Are there languages that go beyond this and just skip the need to identify a personhood at all and treat all as things? I know that some coloquial Finnish is sort of developping this way, but is far from there yet. Sort of future proof feature in case we ever meet aliens from another planet.