WHY GENDER REVEAL PARTIES ARE HARMFUL
Do you know those typical videos you find on social media like Instagram or TikTok where a couple reveals the sex of their child through the color pink and blue? Well it’s called a gender reveal party and although it looks cute, we just want it to end, we’ll explain why!
What are gender reveal parties?
Gender reveal parties are celebrations where a family announces to the world what sex the baby they are expecting will be born with.
In fact, the mechanism is very easy to understand: if it’s a girl, there will be smoke, dust, or pink balloons; if it’s a boy, it will be blue.
These celebrations were born in 2008 when Jenna Karvunidis made a cake frosted with pink frosting to announce that she was bringing a girl into the world. Since then, it all got out of control and slowly became almost cultural.
But, why are gender reveal parties harmful?
Gender reveal parties reinforce harmful stereotypes and perpetuate binary thinking. During these celebrations, parents assume that their children’s gender identity will correspond to the sex they were born with. As we know, this isn’t always the case!
👉 Don’t forget to read our post: What is non-binary gender?
Certainly, gender reveal parties arbitrarily assign a color to the baby’s sex. Along with this, activities or toys are imposed that reinforce harmful gender roles.
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Obsession with gender
Sex-revealing parties are a reflection of the obsession that human beings have with genitalia and gender differentiation. This emphasis on difference leads, unconsciously, to the assignment of gender stereotypes that result in forms of mistreatment and discrimination.
Gender stereotypes is the practice of assigning to a given person, man or woman, specific attributes or characteristics, solely because they belong to a male or female social group. In other words, certain roles and stereotypes are assigned to people on the basis of their biology which, for the social worker, stigmatizes behaviors that deviate from the norm.
What do you think about these parties? Do you agree they have to end?