Ask McFartnuggets: "Why Do People Still Say ‘It’s a Boy’ or ‘It’s a Girl’?"

Dear McFartnuggets: 
Considering how many children are transgender these days how come when someone has a new baby they send out baby shower invites that say “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!” That’s a little presumptuous wouldn’t you say? Shouldn’t the politically correct baby shower invite say “It was born with a penis!” or “It was born with a vagina!”? -- Taylor from Halifax, Nova Scotia

Dear Taylor:
As long as transgender children are in the minority I don’t think these announcements will change. If there’s ever a point where more than 50% of children decide to change their gender then maybe we can have this discussion. I think we might have bigger questions at that point. Even then, the only reason to change the announcement to a more politically correct phrasing would be for the baby’s benefit. Of course the baby isn’t really conscious of anything so there’s no reason to appeal to them. Parents generally want their kid to fit into the gender role assigned to them by their genitals so they probably wouldn’t want an ambiguous message like “It’s going to have a vagina” vs “It’s a girl.” They’d probably be worried that people think they know something everyone else doesn’t and that could make for an awkward baby shower. Of course the biggest reason this probably won’t change is a lot of companies sell items like banners and cigars that say “It’s a boy” or “It’s a girl” and they’d have to change their whole template for that which would cost a lot of money. I think those companies would oppose the more politically correct alternative as much as possible. Thanks for the question!

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