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On Let Them Eat Baby! The Terrifying New Practice Of The Cake Gender Reveal

There's something deeply unsettling about the fact that rather than celebrating, you know, the developing fetuses' eventual PERSONhood, these couples are obsessing over the development of particular genitalia (which, just for the record, does NOT ensure stereotypical gendered behavior). I am sure that there is nothing sinister about these parents' intentions, but I can't help but worry that as long as we feel okay about forcing people into rigid boxes before they can even survive outside of the womb, we're enforcing a very narrow view of both sex AND gender. I just hope that none of the eventual people, whose specific form of junk matters so terribly much to their parents, is trans. I can't imagine such households being a particularly welcoming place for that, and trans kids already have a hard enough time getting acceptance from people outside of their families. How about a "being pregnant is hard sometimes" cake? Or a "we're tired and worried because we're going to love and accept our child however he or she turns out" cake? Or an "I'm such a good partner that I wake up in the middle of the night to rub your aching feet while you're pregnant" cake? I'm all for celebrating the new phase of life that's about to begin and the hard work responsible parents undertake in preparing for that, but this is just creepy.

Posted on April 21, 2011 at 10:14 am 0