Emily Ratajkowski on Pregnancy and Why She Doesn’t Want to Reveal the Gender of Her Baby

Big news everyone! Emily Ratajkowski is expecting her first child!

The actor cum model gave the good news to everyone in a Vogue digital cover that zoomed out and showed her caressing her baby bump.

Emily Ratajkowski also revealed in a personal essay about why she does not want to reveal the gender of her baby.

Emily opens up about why she does not want to reveal about the gender of the child

She said that when friends and acquaintances ask if they are expecting a boy or a girl they like to respond by saying that they do not know the gender until the child is 18.

She wrote:

“Everyone laughs at this. There is a truth to our line, though, one that hints at possibilities that are much more complex than whatever genitalia our child might be born with: the truth that we ultimately have no idea who—rather than what—is growing inside my belly.”

Ratajkowski further added:

“I like the idea of forcing as few gender stereotypes on my child as possible. But no matter how progressive I may hope to be, I understand the desire to know the gender of our fetus; it feels like the first real opportunity to glimpse who they might be.”

“I’d almost automatically imagined myself having a daughter”

She opened up saying that when she was young she automatically imagined giving birth to a daughter. And that she would imagine a smaller version of herself.

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She even approached her therapist regarding this, who assured her that this is common.

As you progress through the essay, you can sense the tension. She talks about the world her child will be born into.

Ratajkowski still experiences “subconscious and internalized misogyny” and she voices her concern that her baby might too. And if the baby is a boy, “teaching them about their position of power in the world” as a white man. And that shall be a challenge.

She expressed herself in the essay saying:

“I want to be a parent who allows my child to show themself to me. And yet I realize that while I may hope my child can determine their own place in the world, they will, no matter what, be faced with the undeniable constraints and constructions of gender before they can speak or, hell, even be born.”

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