Picture it: Your friends and family all sitting together amidst balloons and cakes with bated breath, awaiting the big reveal of whether that baby you’re brewing is packing a hamburger or a hot dog. This is the unusual world of gender reveal parties!
Gender reveal parties are like a baby shower, except their intent is to inform friends and family members about the sex of the baby. People host this take on this task in a variety of ways, including cutting into a colored cake, releasing colored balloons, or even digging into a gender reveal lasagna, because apparently nothing is sacred.
Typically, a male baby reveal is signified by blue, while a female reveal is pink. That’s right, it’s 2019 and we’re still perpetuating the whole blue and pink dichotomy of the sexes between advocating for fewer gender stereotypes and more understanding about nonbinary gender types.
Despite being painfully cheesy (sorry, Instaperfect moms), the gender reveal is getting to a point of absurdity when it comes to over-the-top ways of sharing your baby’s gender. Recently a woman was actually killed by a homemade explosive intended to be a dazzling reveal. And if you simply Google “gender reveal accidents,” you will be privy to a plethora of fails, mishaps, and very avoidable problems that involve cars, explosives, and yes, even alligators.
10 Tweets About How Gender Reveal Parties Are Played Out
1. Let’s save you some trouble, here
If your baby gender reveal involves fire or mechanical components in any form, let me give you some advice how to do it: don't.
— cranMary sauce (@knoxdiver) October 29, 2019
2. Sorry, but invite at your own risk
If I'm ever forced to go to a gender reveal party I will boo loudly at whatever the result is
— Melvin of York (@MelvinofYork) October 29, 2019
3. THIS IS WHY THE ALIENS DON’T WANNA SIT WITH US
Imagine getting abducted by aliens and the one and only earth thing they want explained is gender reveal parties.
— Just J (@junejuly12) November 5, 2019
4. Still less dangerous than some reveals that have been done
gender reveal party where I just get run over by a blue car
— Fred Delicious (@Fred_Delicious) October 28, 2019
5. Again – that’s enough with the explosives
I don't know who needs to hear this, but it's a gender reveal party, not a Michael Bay production
— Born Miserable (@bornmiserable) October 29, 2019
6. Time is a precious resource; spend it wisely
What if, instead of having gender reveal parties, we come together as an intersectional society and agree that our time is better spent watching The Fast & The Furious
— The Dad (@thedad) October 29, 2019
7. Still not even the strangest gender reveal; also – eco-friendly
a gender reveal party where I eat a ton of food dye and make everyone wait until I have to take a shit for the final reveal
— evan (@evan__forever) October 28, 2019
8. I can’t believe I left the house for this, SMH
this gender reveal party should’ve been an email
— moira’s wigs (@michaeljpblatz) November 5, 2019
I know it's tacky and old school but I'm actually really tempted to throw a gender reveal party. I think it would be fun to bring out a cake, take off my clothes, and finally reveal my gender.
— natalie tran (@natalietran) November 5, 2019
10. You’re welcome, everyone
Listen, I’m doing my part to make the world a better place by being kind and not having gender-reveal parties.
— Jessie (@mommajessiec) February 8, 2019
It’s totally understandable to be excited about your baby and wanting to share the gender with everyone.
That being said, we may need to re-think the whole phenomenon of gender reveal parties. They’re played out and have the potential to cause more harm than good. How about a “congrats on your new baby, now everyone babysit so mom can nap” party instead?