The Woman Who Pioneered Gender Reveal Parties Actually Hates Them Now

"Who cares what gender the baby is?"

If there’s one thing the Internet can’t get enough of right now, it’s gender reveal parties.

Soon-to-be parents can’t stop flocking to social media to find out their baby’s gender with blue and pink-filled cakes, balloons, confetti and even coloured car exhaust (don’t try this one at home). 

However, not everyone is loving gender reveal parties, including the alleged creator of concept. Jenna Myers Karvunidis, who writes the blog High Gloss and Sauce, has written in a statement on Facebook that she was credited as the “inventor” of the gender reveal party, but believes people have now taken it took far. 

According to Karvunidis, after she wrote about her gender reveal party on her blog and a parenting forum in July 2008, “it was picked up and an interview with me was published in The Bump magazine and the idea kind spread from there.”

She added that, “It just exploded into crazy after that. Literally – guns firing, forest fires, more emphasis on gender than has ever been necessary for a baby.”

“Who cares what gender the baby is? I did at the time because we didn’t live in 2019 and didn’t know what we know how – that assigning focus on gender at birth leaves out so much of their potential talents that have nothing to do with what’s between their legs,” she wrote.

Karvunidis ended her post by writing, “PLOT TWIST, the world’s first gender-reveal party baby is a girl who wears suits!” and shared a photo of her family, including her daughter wearing a suit.

While gender reveal parties are cute and obviously go down a treat on social media, Karvunidis has a point. Putting so much emphasis on an unborn child’s gender feels a little outdated in 2019.

Would You Shine A Torch In Your Face To Zap Acne? It’s Safer Than What Influencers Are Flogging

Beauty is pain.

The lengths beauty gurus will go to to nail that perfect no filter ~lewk~ are endless. In recent years, we’ve seen beauty ‘grammers suffer through painful charcoal peels, slather algae and snail mucus on their mugs, and even spend the equivalent of their remaining HECS debt on 24K gold face masks. 

Beauty is pain. Credit: Giphy

If you’ve been curiously observing the Insta beauty community as closely as I reluctantly do, there’s no doubt you would’ve also seen these hectic Ned Kelly-inspired Neutrogena acne face masks popping up on your feed. Well, turns out they’re actually quite harmful and are being recalled for potential eye damage. Yikes.

In a statement, Neutrogena said the decision to recall the masks “is being made out of an abundance of caution.” Apparently, the masks are safe to use once a day, but for a “small subset of the population with certain underlying eye conditions,” as well as those who are taking medications that enhance photosensitivity, “there is a theoretical risk of eye injury.”

Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Association have spilled the tea on the situation, saying in a statement that it has been identified that “repeated exposure may cause varying degrees of retinal damage that could be irreversible and could accelerate peripheral vision impairment or loss.” Double yikes.

According to Neutrogena, the mask uses “red and blue lights to combat two of the major factors that contribute to acne: bacteria and inflammation.” The official website states that you’ll see results in as little as one week, with results improving over time. But, you could also go blind.

Nope. Credit: Giphy

So, basically, you’re better off grabbing your emergency torch from the garage and holding it against your cheek for a few minutes than investing in one of these puppies. Quite clearly, the lesson here is: just because someone on Instagram is flogging it, doesn’t mean you should spend your hard-earned cash on it. Period. 

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