According to Google Trends, so-called "gender" reveal parties were non-existent prior to 2010. But by 2017 the search interest for these parties skyrocketed. While there are thousands of things one can do instead of a gender reveal party, parents all over are flocking to Pinterest to come up with the greatest way to reveal the sex of a fetus to friends, families, and internet strangers. Because, you see, this kind of rather unnecessary party must be amazing, and must be so loud and so original and so exciting that everyone ends up talking about it. And if you record it and put it on the internet, maybe it'll go viral and you can have your five minutes of internet fame.
Listen, I totally get it. Having a baby is an incredibly exciting life event. Of course you want to celebrate this very special occasion. You and your partner have been waiting, trying, and, finally, a baby is on the way. But why do we need to have these superfluous displays? Sex reveal parties — because gender is a social construct, people, and a fetus (or a newborn, for that matter) absolutely knows nothing about expressing and/or performing gender —make no actual sense. In a world where society is finally acknowledging that gender is fluid, the rising popularity of these "reveal parties" seem almost suspicious, right?
And I must ask: how are these parties interesting to anyone else but the parents of the fetus being celebrated. Has our society morphed into its own reality show during which everyone's lives are suddenly so vitally important that we have to celebrate the genitals of a still-growing fetus? I sure hope not. In any case, there are plenty of other, way more interesting and/or important things you can do instead host a reveal party, like: