Magic underpants

This does indeed seem like a very odd, not to say stupid, thing to tell children.

“They looked at you and made a guess.” No they didn’t! Any more than they looked at your mother and “made a guess.” They knew your mother was pregnant and giving birth; they had to, in order to help her with the giving birth part. They knew that and thus necessarily knew she was a woman.

Also, you weren’t born with a sweet frilly pair of underpants on (nor were you born spotlessly clean and dry). It’s a funny thing about those underpants – newborns aren’t normally dressed in frilly knickers, so we are forced to conclude that the illustrator of this fatuous book drew them on this sex-unkown baby for a reason. What reason? So that it won’t be blindingly obvious which sex the baby is.

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