Demi Lovato is calling the popular trend of gender reveal parties ‘transphobic.’
The 28-year-old singer just shared a lengthy post on Instagram written by a transgender activist that is written to sed light on a “belief system that presumes non-trans people to be more ‘natural’ than trans people.
In the statement, Lovato explains that the act of announcing a babies gender (with a blue or pink) cake or party favor perpetuates an “illusion that genitals = gender and that there is only two options, boy or girl.
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“It’s both insincere and incorrect to pretend that gender reveal parties are not transphobic. You can’t have your proverbial pink-blue binary cake and eat it too,” the post begins.
It continues, “This is not about political correctness, it’s just…correct. We condemn gender reveals not because of our identity, but because of reality. Transphobia is not just about prejudice against individual trans people, it’s also a way of thinking that understands non-trans people as more natural/organic and erases everyone else.”
Adding, “These ideas, like the gender binary, fuel mistreatment of all people, but especially trans and gender non-conforming people.”
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“Gender reveals require not just the invalidation of transness, but the impossibility of transness. The assumption is that the baby is cis. Cisness is positioned as the default and everyone else is understood as derivative of it,” the statement reads.
Adding, “The idea goes: while we might “identify” as trans now, we were “originally” “born” cis and we later “became” trans. When in truth, everyone is just born. And we all become after the fact. Gender reveals uphold the gender binary and the binary prevents people from observing reality. Instead, it offers culturally and historically determined norms (for example: pink used to be considered a masculine color) as personhood.”
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It continues, “People are taught to experience themselves and one another as ideas of how they should be, not the reality of what they are and what is. The gender binary requires that we adopt prescriptive ideas of gender (what men and women should be) as descriptive ideas of gender (what men and women fundamentally are.) In this way, it naturalizes cultural myths as biological facts.”
In the end, Demi’s post reveals, “The irony is that trans and gender non-conforming people are accused of advancing a “gender ideology,” when in fact we are trying to escape it. The real ideology at play here is a system which romanticizes the denial of individuality in the service of maintaining category.”
In the caption, the singer thanked the activist for always “sharing your knowledge and educating us always.”