Cambridge, MA – Mr. Brian Hartman and his wife Elizabeth Brown are both in their early thirties. He’s a data scientist at one of the many local biotech startups and she is an associate professor at one of the major universities in this city of 116,000 abutting Boston. They love spending weekends at IKEA and figuring out why they always have leftover parts after assembling the furniture of their dreams. Lately, they’ve focused on getting their home ready for their first baby.
Brian and Elizabeth recently raised eyebrows and the level of discourse in their neighborhood by holding a baby sex party. “Parents don’t know the gender of their unborn child,” remarked soon-to-be mom Elizabeth. “After all, gender is defined as the socially constructed roles, behaviours, expressions and identities of girls, women, boys, men, and gender diverse people. Gender is complex. It would be pretty cheeky of us to have a gender reveal party. We haven’t even met our child.”
Brian agreed with his wife that gender reveal parties are absurd to say the very least. “We decided a celebration of our child’s sex made more sense, but that’s also somewhat silly. Although it is primarily associated with physical and physiological features including chromosomes, gene expression, hormone levels and function, and reproductive/sexual anatomy, sex is also complex.”
Both Mom and Dad agreed the best way to point out the nuances of the situation was to throw an absurdist baby sex party. They wanted to bring friends and family together to comment on the baby gender reveal-industrial complex and to share their hopes that their child will lead a happy and healthy life.
The gathering was a great success. The only downside was all the local Catholic priests who tried to crash the party,
In related news, Representative Matt Gaetz is in hot water.
I took some of the quotes about sex and gender from What is gender? What is sex? from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
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