Pink reveals that she's raising her two children to be genderless
Ever since she first rose to fame in the 1990s, Alecia Beth Moore - better known by her stage name, P!nk - has been recognized for her progressive and outspoken viewpoints. As well as speaking out about difficult issues during stage performances and other public appearances, the musician has incorporated some important messages into her songs.
In her song, 'Stupid Girls', for example, she addresses feminist issues and how women are expected to behave; in 'Perfect', she discusses mental health problems; and in 'Raise Your Glass', she gives a shoutout to all those who are considered different by society.
It's no surprise, then, that the Grammy Award-winning singer has chosen to practice what she preaches, and is raising her two children without gender.
"We are a very label-less household," P!nk said in an interview, referencing the fact that she is raising her six-year-old, Willow, and 11-month-old, Jameson, without any gender norms. This means she lets them dress how they want, play with whatever toys they want, and aspire to any kind of future - even if it does not fit the traditional idea of what is 'normal' for girls or boys.
She's also very open to her kids expressing LGBTQ interests, and explained that "Last week Willow told [her] she is going to marry an African woman." To which P!nk happily responded, "Great, can you teach me how to make African food?"
The 38-year-old mom of two is happy to see other families embracing this sort of way of life, as she knows it will help to end any conflict or inequality between genders.
“I was in a school and the bathroom outside the kindergarten said: ‘Gender Neutral – anybody’, and it was a drawing of many different shapes," she said. “I took a picture of it and I wrote: ‘Progress’. I thought that was awesome. I love that kids are having this conversation.”
Earlier this year, the singer made a speech directed at her daughter. She wanted to reassure her that she was perfect just the way she is, even if she may believe she's ugly.
"When people make fun of me they say I look like a boy or I’m too masculine or I’m too outspoken. Do you see me growing my hair? Do you see me changing my body? Do you see my selling out arenas all over the world?" she said.
"Baby girl, we don’t change. We take the gravel in the shell and make a pearl. We help other people to change, so they can see all kinds of beauty."
And, despite her worldwide fame and incredible career, P!nk says she values motherhood above all.
“I’m much more mum than I am anything else. Absolutely 100%. They are my everything," she said. "It’s the two best decisions I ever made. Every decision I make is a choice because it affects my family."
As weird as it may seem to some people, perhaps we should consider taking a leaf out of P!nk's book. Raising a kid to be gender neutral - or at least encouraging them to ignore 'traditional' gender norms and roles - could lead to people being much more open-minded and accepting in the future.