BLOGWho’s the Science Denier Now?

By Marissa Mayer Posted on: | July 21, 2017

Earlier this month, Cosmopolitan.com re-published a doozy of an article from Marie Claire titled, “Dear Parents-to-Be: Stop Celebrating Your Baby's Gender.”

The title brought to mind a recent news story about the Canadian mother who refuses to acknowledge her baby’s biological sex. As a result, her child, Searyl Doty, is perhaps the first-ever baby to be deemed “genderless”  by any government.

That’s right, instead of following the normal course of development as a boy or a girl, Searyl is to be treated for all intents and purposes, as of “unknown” or “unclassified” sex. (If that’s not a self-esteem booster for a child, I don’t know what is!)

But the Cosmo article, shockingly enough, is specific to unborn babies.

“The issue with gender-reveal parties in particular is: Aren't they potentially damaging to said tiny humans?” writes Diane Stopyra, a self-described feminist who covers environmental issues for Salon

Stopyra is referring to the latest trend in prenatal celebrations where the parents discover whether they are having a boy or girl to the tune of exploding blue or pink chalk-filled targets, boxed balloons, cake, or my personal favorite, color-coded confetti – which we used to announce the sex of our baby girl not too long ago!

To be honest, I pretty much expect the pro-abortion staff at Cosmopolitan to take issue with anyone who dares to humanize an unborn child. After all, their stock in trade is slanted articles like, “Trump's ‘Pro-Life’ Policies Will Cause Women to Die,” and “Lena Dunham Says She's Never Had an Abortion but Wishes She Had.” Their goal is to normalize and celebrate abortion as a “woman’s right,” with little attention given to the unborn babies that are victimized as a result.

So publishing an article calling unborn babies “tiny humans?” Color me surprised. 

So which is it, Cosmo?

You can’t say that announcing the sex of an unborn baby is harmful to the “tiny human” in one breath, and then turn around and pretend that abortion isn’t infinitely more harmful—fatal, in fact—to “tiny humans.”

To straighten this out, perhaps you should do the sensible thing: Embrace science. 

You see, science tells us that (tiny) human life begins at conception, when the sperm from the father fertilizes the mother’s egg, and in that moment establishes whether the tiny human will be male or female. From day one of gestation to the day of birth, that human life is growing and developing. After just three weeks, the heart begins to beat. By the end of the first trimester, or 12 weeks, unborn babies already have all of their major organs. And all along, that unborn baby is either male or female.

Science also tells us that there are profound differences between the two sexes. From our reproductive anatomy to our brain structures, hormones, and musculature, men and women are distinct from each other—and without those differences, there would be no human race, no next generation.

In her article, Stopyra takes issue with gender-reveal parties because according to her, “[they] don't actually reveal gender—they reveal anatomy.”

That startling statement utterly ignores what science says about sex.  Setting aside the rare disorders of sexual development, a baby is either a boy or a girl and that tiny human’s sex is rooted in the nature of human reproduction, not mental misperceptions of one’s sex. Parents have every right to share ”It’s a (boy)(girl)!” with their loved ones and decorate their nurseries with pink or blue if they choose. And they can do so with confidence, for science is on their side.

Stopyra echoes transgender activists’ claims that accepting one’s inborn sex is somehow “damaging,” but the real damage comes when we exchange scientific fact for inaccuracies and untruths.

So kudos to Cosmo for confirming what we knew all along—that unborn babies are indeed “tiny humans.” But Cosmo needs to take the next step in science and admit the indisputable fact that those tiny, living humans are boy humans and girl humans.


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Marissa Mayer

Senior Web Writer

Marissa Mayer is an Arizona native who fell in love with the written word at a young age.

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