Why are gender reveal parties popular?

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In recent years, parents-to-be have given birth to a new baby celebration: the gender reveal party. Cristen and Caroline discuss what exactly they are, why they exist and the pros and cons of their fast-growing popularity.

Episode sources:

"Boy or Girl? Gender-Reveal Parties Are the Hottest Way to Spread the News" by Bonnie Rochman. April 24, 2012. TIME. http://healthland.time.com/2012/04/24/boy-or-girl-gender-reveal-parties-are-the-hottest-way-to-spread-the-news/

"A Boy or Girl? Cut the Cake" by Alex Williams and Kate Murphy. April 07, 2012. The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/08/fashion/at-parties-revealing-a-babys-gender.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

"Gender reveal parties? Sorry, but this is one baby celebration too far" by Bryony Gordon. May 01, 2012. The Telegraph.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/women/mother-tongue/9236463/Gender-reveal-cakes-Sorry-but-this-is-one-baby-celebration-too-far.html

"Let Them Eat Baby! The Terrifying New Practice of the Cake Gender Reveal" by Lizzie Skurnick. April 15, 2011. The Awl. http://www.theawl.com/2011/04/let-them-eat-baby-the-terrifying-new-practice-of-the-cake-gender-reveal

"Narcissism in Pink and Blue" by George Packer. April 24, 2012. The New Yorker. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2012/04/gender-reveal-parties.html

"Six Reasons I Think Gender-Reveal Parties Are For the Birds" by Deborah Siegel. April 09, 2012. The Society Pages. http://thesocietypages.org/girlwpen/2012/04/09/quick-hit-six-reasons-i-think-gender-reveal-parties-are-for-the-birds/

"Are gender-reveal parties necessarily retrograde?" by Lori. April 26, 2012. Feministing. http://feministing.com/2012/04/26/are-gender-reveal-parties-necessarily-retrograde/

"Remember Storm? We check in on the baby being raised gender-neutral" by Jayme Poisson. Nov. 15, 2013. The Star. http://www.thestar.com/life/parent/2013/11/15/remember_storm_we_check_in_on_the_baby_being_raised_genderneutral.html

"Boy or Girl? Dads Want Sons, but Moms Want Daughters" by Bonnie Rochman. Jan. 19, 2012. TIME. http://healthland.time.com/2012/01/19/boy-or-girl-why-dads-want-sons-but-moms-want-daughters/

"How to Buy a Daughter" by Jasmeet Sidhu. Sept. 14, 2012. Slate. http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/medical_examiner/2012/09/sex_selection_in_babies_through_pgd_americans_are_paying_to_have_daughters_rather_than_sons_.single.html#pagebreak_anchor_3