When People Ask You Overly Personal Questions, Just Lie

When People Ask You Overly Personal Questions, Just Lie
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Show up in public with a pregnant-looking belly and suddenly everyone is all “When are you due?” and “Do you know what you’re having?”, as if the contents of your uterus are somehow their business. You will probably feel pressured to answer politely, but here is another option: lie.

You can prepare your lies ahead of time, or let the moment inspire you. You can choose to be abruptly rude, or give a subtly uncomfortable answer. Every option is on the table, because seriously: strangers can just fuck off. (You can lie to friends and family members, too, but this is a more delicate situation.)

For example, here is what Anne Hathaway says when people ask her about baby names:

“They say, ‘Do you know the name?’ And we go, ‘Africa,’ ” Hathaway said with a huge smile, pronouncing the first syllable with a resounding, “Ahh.”

“And you make really intense, sincere eye contact and you don’t look away and you don’t blink,” she continued. “And you have to watch them just squirm.”

For a simpler lie, you can dodge the gender question by saying “Nope, we aren’t finding out” even if you already know. Make up a due date, and for fun it can be surprisingly near or far in the future.

Or the best of all, which I never quite had the guts to use myself, but I wish I did: Just say “Huh? I’m not pregnant.”


  • We aren’t putting labels on the child. It will choose it’s own gender and name when it is able. We don’t believe in putting them into a limiting social construct that only serves to stymie their future selves.

  • Lying is never a good thing. And anyone who tells other people to lie cannot be trusted – for obvious reasons.

    What’s wrong with telling people that you don’t want to answer the question, or simply that it is ‘private’? That kind of truth is more powerful than any lie, and doesn’t require deception.

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