Updated: Nov 16, 2020
On the 7th of September 2020, a family in California ignited a wildfire by using a smoke-generating pyrotechnic device to announce the gender of the baby, which went terribly wrong. The El Dorado wildfire consumed thousands of acres east of Los Angeles over the weekend. By Monday, the fire had burned more than 7,300 acres and was only 7 percent contained.
In my opinion, I think that people should celebrate gender reveal parties. However there should be fire and safety guidelines preventing massive wildfires. In fact, this was not the first time a gender reveal party caused massive damage.
In 2019, a woman in Iowa was killed in an explosion when she was hit by flying debris from a device meant to shoot plumes of smoke. In addition, this kind of event also caused other kinds of damages including an airplane crash, a car explosion, and a shooting accident. This new trend of “gender reveals parties” is getting larger and more dangerous.
Personally, I think gender reveal parties should be small gatherings with family and friends in a nice restaurant. It should not be using explosive devices such as the smoke-generating pyrotechnic device nor pumping gallons of pink water from aeroplanes.
Currently, just like what Dr. Gieseler said, an associate professor at York College of the City University of New York, gender reveal parties should be a family gathering, but it is becoming more of a social media competition of who can create the craziest gender reveal party.
In conclusion, the new trend of “gender reveal parties” should be a lot smaller which don’t include large explosive machines, rifles or aeroplanes. It should be more like small or large gatherings with friends and family in a restaurant or a hotel cutting open pink or blue cakes, or popping balloons filled with pink or blue confetti.