I've never found it logical to give a gender other than neuter to things, and I wondered how it came about. How could people have felt at some point that this or that object like a pot or a shoe was more feminine or more masculine? Perhaps for some things there could be some mental associations, even far-fetched, through some resemblance with some female or male organs/functions/supposed qualities, but certainly not for all... Why would the moon be more feminine than the sun or vice versa, etc. But I've just thought now that maybe at the beginning people didn't think about "genders" at all, that different categories of words developped, each category following a certain pattern of declension and agreement with adjectives, without this being regarded as "gender", and that only later people noticed the patterns and labelled all nouns whose pattern resembled that of the noun for "woman" "feminine"*, all those whose pattern resembled that of the noun for "man" "masculine", and the rest "neuter". What do you think? Or do you know theories on how grammatical gender came about? *Though the noun for "woman" in Old English is neuter... Unless there's another one I don't know, or it became neuter later for some weird reason... The hell, all this isn't logical.