We all know what gender reveal parties are now, don’t we? We’ve all seen them?
Just in case any of you haven’t, they’re events in which expecting parents reveal the gender of their child, usually by some kind of visual stimulus.
So for example, they might pop a balloon containing either pink or blue confetti, to announce the confirmation of a baby girl or boy.
Well, all that cute innocence has been toppled by one persons gender reveal.
Watch as Paige Ginn, well, just watch…
Yup. That’s right! What a maverick. Thinking truly outside the box.
Now it’s not certain whether or not Paige Ginn is actually pregnant. We’re guessing she isn’t and just did this for the ‘Gram, but if she is… congratulations!
So where did this all start? In July 2008, blogger Jenna Karvunidis posted about a party where her child’s sex was revealed. Thebump.com shared this content, and the idea, according to Karvunidis, “kind of spread from there.”
Karvunidis went on to express regret at having invented the gender reveal party; In July 2019, she wrote that her views on gender have changed, saying “Plot twist! The baby from the original gender reveal party is a girl who wears suits. She says ‘she’ and ‘her’ and all of that, but you know she really goes outside gender norms.”
Estimates say 1 in 4500 to 5500 infants are biologically intersex, with “atypical development of chromosomal, gonadal, or anatomic sex.”
In July 2019, Jenna Karvunidis, considered one of the pioneers of gender reveal parties, said “I started to realize that nonbinary people and trans people were feeling affected by this, and I started to feel bad that I had released something bad into the world”, and that “people have to re-evaluate” this practice.