"It, in Betan parlance," Bel began in the weary tone of one who has had to explain this far too often, "does not carry the connotation of an inanimate object that it does in other planetary cultures. I say this despite a certain ex-boss of my very distant past, who did a pretty fair imitation of the sort of large and awkward piece of furniture that one can neither get rid of nor decorate around—"
―Bel Thorne explains "it"[src]

Hermaphrodites often preferred to be called "it' rather than "he" or "she", since they were neither exclusively male or female, but a combination of both sexes.

Ba within the Cetagandan Empire were presumably also called "it" since they were bred by haut to be neither male nor female.

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