The phenomenon of "gender reveal" baby showers is an irritating, heteronormative trend that just needs to stop. Whenever I hear a new mom gushing over "finding out what color to paint the nursery," I just let it go. Because that isn't the appropriate moment to fight abouts gender norms. But will I rant about it here? Oh you better believe it.
|Blue bow ties for boy, pink pearls for girl.|
|Frankly, I would be concerned if my baby was born with a mustache.|
|Baby genitals. Classy.|
|It's A...bunch of balloons and a confused sibling!|
|A shower of heteronormative expectations.|
I guess my point is it's okay to engage in a few gendered practices with your infant (it's damn near impossible not to), so long as you do so with the full understanding that your kid may look back on their baby pictures and be absolutely mortified. Even if you do end up having a female baby who identifies as a girl, she may still want to burn that picture of her third birthday in the pink tutu. And even if you do end up having a male baby who identifies as a boy, he may still have more fun with Barbie than with Superman. Just something to consider.
|Look at that happy wee one! Who says toy selection can be predicted at birth?|