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If you thought gender reveals were bad, these NFL fans managed to take toxic masculinity to a whole new level

Josh Milton December 3, 2019
A pair of NFL fans came up with an idea of how to name a child, and Twitter had thoughts. (Twitter)

A pair of NFL fans came up with an idea of how to name a child, and Twitter had thoughts. (Twitter)

This year has undoubtedly been the year of the gender reveal party, but the question remains, with the new decade ahead, what will succeed it?

The straights are putting their thinking caps on, however, as a father and who appears to be his father-in-law have come up with something dubbed “worse than a gender reveal” by Twitter.

The two men were photographed at a National Football League game between the New England Patriots and the Houston Texans yesterday.

‘This is why God has abandoned us’.

The father-in-law, on the left, holds up a sign reading: “If the Patients beat the Texans tonight, I get to name my first grandson… Tom Brady.”

Brady is the quarterback of the Patriots.

While the expectant dad cheerfully wields a sign that read: “If the Texans beat the Patriots tonight, I get to name my own son.”

Going viral both on Twitter and on the subreddit ‘Are The Straights OK’, the picture has become a lightning rod for everything wrong with the notion of toxic masculinity, users have comically argued.

As players took to NRG Stadium in Houston, the Texans ultimately built a sturdy lead and hung on to win, 28-22.

As a result, the child will be named by their father. We can only imagine his relief, to be fair.

Tallying nearly 1,000 retweets and more than 8,900 likes, the tweet became a gathering of perplexed users curious how this arrangement even first came to be:

What are gender reveal parties?

Gender reveal parties – in which expectant parents reveal the genitals of a foetus to their friends and family – have been widely ridiculed as examples of ‘straight culture’.

The parties often ignore the fact that there are more than two genders, and gender exists on a spectrum.

Moreover, the parties aren’t exactly centuries-old traditions.


The earliest reveal dated only as far as 2008, when lifestyle blogger Jenna Karvunidis revealed the gender of her unborn child via two coloured cupcake.

Cupcakes are pretty tame in comparison to today’s hippo-sized standards, and Karvunidis has since admitted she has “mixed feelings” about her legacy.

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