Munroe Bergdorf warns of the ‘serious damage’ caused by gender reveal parties
Transgender model and activist Munroe Bergdorf is warning of the harm that gender reveal parties can cause for trans or gender non-conforming children.
“The creator of the gender reveal party tweeted that she thinks that it’s extremely dangerous for gender non-conforming or trans children,” she noted.
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“And ultimately, all it is, is revealing your child’s genitals. You have no idea how that child is going to identify and it really is just placing all of your hopes and dreams on this child based on their gender.”
The parties often celebrate outdated heteronormative tropes of masculinity and femininity, which can be restrictive to children as they grow up. Examples include cakes with the phrases ‘Ruffles or rifles’, ‘Touchdowns or tutus’ and ‘Tractors or tiaras’.
Bergdorf explained that this can foster a culture in which parents place more value on one particular gender than another.
“You see like videos of dads getting upset when they find out they’ve got a girl or mums getting upset because they’ve got a boy,” she said.
“This is not good guys. Fair enough if you want to celebrate that you’re having a child but that should be the priority, you know?”
In the episode Munroe Bergdorf also touched on her own gender identity, and why she feels the concept of ‘coming out’ is problematic.
“If I had it my way then no one would have to come out,” she said. “But we do live in a society where cisgendered people are seen as the default. Really what we need to do is start breaking that down and then people won’t need to come out because we’ll all be seen as equal.”