“Stop throwing those stupid parties. For the love of God, stop burning things down to tell everyone about your child’s penis. Nobody cares but you,” she wrote.
This isn’t the first time a gender unveiling party has resulted in disaster, and yet the celebrations have grown in popularity.
That’s how we got here.
How these parties became deadly
Karvunidis had their own gender reveal party in 2008 before becoming a thing. However, she and her husband went the more traditional route: slicing a cake that revealed an inside with pink icing. A girl.
She wrote about it on her blog, High Gloss And Sauce, and it was getting some local attention at the time.
But since 2008, these celebrations of life have become risky ventures. While many are still opting for the classic blue or pink cake revelation, others have taken more extreme routes.
When the target packed with the high-explosive tannerite exploded, a blue cloud rose and immediately ignited the surrounding brush.
It was a boy, and the party cost the guilty patrons more than $ 8 million in restitution.
Last October, in Iowa, an idea for a fun gender reveal party went south when the family inadvertently built a pipe bomb. When the device failed, not only did blue or pink gunpowder explode, but the entire barrel exploded, sending splinters flying.
A piece of metal hit and killed a grandmother who was standing about 45 feet away.
The parties adhere to gender norms, say critics
Risk aside, there is also overwhelming criticism of the parties as a system that maintains the gender binary number – that is, it’s either a boy or a girl.
Karvunidis himself has also pointed out this criticism.
Studies have confirmed this thought.
Karvunidis’ daughter, who was the focus of this pink cake in 2008, is “a girl who wears suits!” Karvunidis wrote – which means to highlight the futility of celebrating these gender norms.