Thank you so much… and, I’m sorry?!? I learned about “Guns or Glitter” (and gender reveal party themes in general) several years ago. There are several variations of the ammo-influenced slogan, such as “Rifles or Ruffles?” “Pistols or Pearls?” “Guns or Roses?” “Bullets or Ballet?”

Of course there’s always a plethora of food themes to devour: “Cupcake or Studmuffin?” “Nuts or No Nuts?” “Bun in the Oven or Hot Dog on the Grill?” “Weenie or Hamburger?” “Stick or No Stick?” — this was on a carrot cake with additional raw carrot sticks on the side.

Always something for the fashionistas: “Bowties or Hairbows?” “Staches or Lashes?” “Beards or Bows?” “Bikini or Boardshorts?” “Kicks or Heels?”

And for the vehicle afficianados: “Wheels or Heels?” “Tractors or Tiaras?” “Burnouts or Bows?” “Racecars or Ruffles?”

And who could forget Sports/Professions/Activities that are heavily gendered: “Touchdowns or Tutus?” “Putters or PomPoms?” “Buck or Doe?” “Free Throws or Cheer Bows?” “Lures or Laces?” “Cowboy or Cowgirl?” “Baseball or Bows?” “Rough and Tough or Soft and Frilly?”

I dared to write something on Scary Mommy about it once and hordes of moms descended to the comments section and wrote me scathing screeds in return. It’s apparently a sacred tradition that cannot be poked fun of… but wildly presumptive, even for a cisgender kid.

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