Megan Fox speaks out to defend her son's decision to wear dresses
Nowadays, more and more parents are raising their children in a gender-neutral environment, with less rigid structures defining what roles kids can take on and what toys they can play with.
There are many reasons for this. For some parents, it's a way of giving their kids some freedom of expression. For others, it's a way of raising them without placing sexist expectations on them, allowing little girls an environment free of misogyny, and little boys a way of escaping the stifling effects of toxic masculinity.
In some cases, parents might even choose to forgo more traditional gender values so that their kids can choose their gender for themselves. If the child is trans for instance, then giving them a more gender-fluid upbringing could allow them to make a responsible and informed choice about their own sense of self, without any dysphoria.
Watch Megan Fox defend her son on The Talk in the video below:
One person who has been embodying this more liberal way of parenting is Transformers actress Megan Fox; who has gotten flak from some vocal conservative critics for allowing her young son to wear dresses and other 'girls' clothes.
The controversy began back in 2017 when Fox uploaded a picture of her little boy Noah, sporting long brown locks, wearing a blue Frozen-themed dress which made him look like the character of Elsa from the Disney film.
Then, less than a year later, Fox uploaded a picture of Noah, along with his sister Bodhi, on the beach wearing a pink wetsuit. Then Fox was photographed with her kids out in public, where Noah appeared to be wearing a pink tutu.
However, in a recent appearance on the CBS show The Talk, Fox has defended her son's love of dresses and discussed how she and her partner are handling school bullies and trying to support him.
Watch Megan Fox discuss parenting in her appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show:
Fox stated: "He designs, he draws outfits. He's very talented, but he's still six. He's really into fashion. Sometimes, he'll dress himself and he likes to wear dresses sometimes. I send him to a really liberal, like, hippy school. But even there, in California, he still has little boys going, 'Boys don't wear dresses,' or 'Boys don't wear pink.'"
She continued: We're going through that now, where I'm trying to teach him to be confident no matter what anyone else says. He came home and I was like, 'How was it? Did any of the friends at school have anything to say?' And he was like, 'Well, all the boys laughed when I came in,' but he's like, 'I don't care, I love dresses too much.'"
It's good to see celebrities being more open about the ways they raise their kids and showing people that it isn't weird for young children to want to explore their gender identity maturely.
Indeed, in a recent TV interview, a mom from Florida has opened up about how she's choosing to raise her 11-month old child as gender-neutral.