This is a bit of gender-enforcement that I hadn’t heard of before – “gender reveal” ceremonies. Say what?
Slate writer Jessica Winter has a toddler, and stranger’s get worked up about her Gender Status.
“Why do you dress her like a boy?” demanded a man in the jewelry section of H&M while my kid—in a red sweatshirt, jeans, and gray-and-purple sneakers—rummaged through a pile of tassled earrings. The man was trying to be polite, but he also seemed affronted by his own confusion—and affronted by me, I suppose, for causing his confusion. “She looks like a boy!” he insisted, repeatedly. The only response I could think of was the shrugging one I gave: “She looks like herself.”
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