Parents are naturally excited about who the person they're creating is going to be. Any detail is made much of, but basically all you know before the kid is born is the fetal sex. In many places, notions of gender are changing, and some parents are not forcing their kids to comply to a specific gender based on their chromosomes. But not in many places.
In fact, many parents try to force gender roles on their babies before they've even taken a breath of air. Twitter user Onson Sweemey tweeted a collection of gender reveal cakes—these are cakes that parents cut to reveal the sex of their baby, either to one another or their guests at a baby shower. They're usually a specific color—blue or pink—on the inside to indicate whether the baby is a boy or girl. And some of the metaphors used are pretty wild.
Are kids actually inanimate household objects? These people seem to think so.
People unfamiliar with gender reveal cakes were pretty astounded by this collection, especially Upworthy writer Parker Molloy, who went on a bit of a scavenger hunt for the weirdest ones they could find. There are a lot:
Then it just became a celebration of sex cake party:
Then there are a bunch of cakes that are literally just...the babies themselves. And where they're coming from.
There was some brainstorming for alternate cakes you might serve at a baby shower if you wanna be a real freak:
How about this:— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) February 19, 2018
Gender reveal cake, but when you cut into it, a bunch of black jellybeans just pour out. Everyone else will be like "WTF DOES THAT MEAN," and you can just act like it's totally what you hoped for
Forget gender. Who will help me raise the Antichrist?!
"JUST AS THE PROPHECY FORETOLD!"— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) February 19, 2018
Here's a few more cakes we were able to find....
Those ones were actually pretty cool.