Demi Lovato shares her thoughts on gender reveals.
Hosting events to reveal the gender of a baby has become quite fashionable in recent years, and the 28-year-old pop star has now expressed that she has a problem with the notion, re-sharing a post that says the events contribute. to transphobia. .
On Wednesday, the “Anyone” singer shared a post that began with a graphic of a young boy who seemed confused with the text, “why gender disclosures are transphobic.”
The post, originally composed by performance artist ALOK, said that it is “insincere and wrong to pretend that gender reveal parties are not transphobic. You can’t have your proverbial pink-blue binary cake and eat it too.”
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“This is not about political correctness, it’s just … correct,” the message continued. “We condemn gender disclosures not because of our identity, but because of reality.”
The long post explained that the concept of transphobia extends beyond being prejudiced against trans people, but also includes “a way of thinking that understands non-trans people as more natural / organic and erases everyone else.”
Such a pattern of thinking fuels the mistreatment of everyone, the publication said, but especially of trans and gender non-conforming people.
On several more slides, the post goes on to explain that gender reveal events reinforce the idea that “genitalia = gender” and limit gender to just “boy or girl.”
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“This definition erases the fact that there are boys with vaginas and girls with penises and that there are people who are neither boys nor girls,” says the graph. “The idea that sex is based on the genitals is incompatible with science.”
The graphic added that the gender revelations add to the idea that “while [trans people] could ‘identify’ us as new trans, we were born ‘originally’ [cisgender] and then we ‘became’ trans. “
Cisgender is a term used to define someone who identifies with the gender assigned to them at birth.
Furthermore, gender revelations were accused of defending “gender binary and binary prevents people from observing reality.”
“The irony is that trans and gender non-conformists are accused of promoting a ‘gender ideology’, when in reality we are trying to escape,” the post concluded. “The real ideology at stake here is a system that romanticizes the denial of individuality in the service of maintaining category.”
Lovato’s post elicited mixed reactions from fans.
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“This is ridiculous, if it is not your son, you have nothing to say,” said one.
“Demi no! It’s incredibly unfair to say this to happy parents expecting a baby,” wrote another.
A third added: “You can’t be serious.”
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One fan wrote in the comments that they “love” the sentiment, while the post itself has garnered more than 255,000 likes, more than 120,000 more than a subsequent same-day post.