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What’s the problem with gender reveal parties?

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What’s the problem with gender reveal parties?

Isn’t it just a bit of fun themed around pink or blue?

Well, there’s a problem for starters – the automatic association of a specific colour to a specific gender. Boys are blue, girls are pink. Well, except back in the olden days when it was the opposite.  But it goes deeper than that.

Gender reveal parties are where pregnant couples do a bigdrumroll then cut open a cake to reveal it’s pink/blue inside or open a fancybox filled with blue/pink balloons or something along those lines to leteveryone know whether their upcoming baby is a boy or girl. Of course, they’rebasing this entirely on the physical characteristics they see on an ultrasound.

Which, we’re being technical, is “sex” not “gender”.

If you’ve spent any time on social media in 2019, you’ll probably be aware that there are more than two genders: that is, not everybody identifies as either “male” or “female”. There’s a whole spectrum between those two poles, and you’re not doing your baby a favour by making a big deal out of their pole (or lack of pole).

And even if we leave that aside, and say, “Okay fine, we’llrename them sex reveal parties,” there’s still an issue. Because even on apurely physical level, not everybody is born in either one camp or the other. Externalcan be different to the internal situation. Intersex people might have cellswith both XX and XY chromosomes. There are a whole range of things that canhappen with human biology, none of which are particularly well served by makinga big party out of focusing on what’s between a new person’s legs. Especiallywhen we already had baby showers for all this, without that specific focus.

On top of all that, what a waste of money on those dumb balloons and alligators.

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