Last Wednesday on Entertainment Tonight, actress Megan Fox touted motherhood:
“Even though I consider myself a feminist, I feel like feminists don’t want me to be a part of their group. What is supporting other females if there [are] only certain ones of us we support? If I have to be an academic or have to be non-threatening to you in some way? Why can’t I be a part of the group as well? … Being a mother is not something really respected in this industry. If anything, it’s considered as a handicap.”
As reported by Fox News, the mom of three has something else she believes strongly in: allowing her son to wear dresses to school.
On CBS’s The Talk Thursday, Megan explained that, at times, her 6-year-old wants to don a dress — and sport the willowy wardrobe at his “liberal, hippie school.”
She’s cool with it. He picks his own outfits.
And off he goes in female attire.
“Sometimes, he’ll dress himself, and he likes to wear dresses sometimes.”
That doesn’t completely work out:
“And I send him to a really liberal, hippie school, but even there – here in California – he still has little boys going, ‘Boys don’t wear dresses,’ or ‘Boys don’t wear pink.'”
That’s what he’s goin’ through.
But she wants him to learn confidence:
“So we’re going through that now, where I’m trying to teach him to be confident no matter what anyone else says.”
At a point, he took a break from the dresses. But she credits his love of fashion for the resurgence:
“He had stopped wearing dresses for a while. He just wore one two days ago to school, and 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 I don’t care, I love dresses too much.'”
The kid’s creative, and she wants to encourage it:
“He designs, he draws outfits. He’s very talented. But he’s still six, so when I do fittings, like, I did one recently and I had this really beautiful yellow dress on, and he kept draping it in a way where he’s like, ‘If we do it like this, it looks like a diaper! I was like, ‘That’s not what we’re going for this time, but maybe next time!'”
Among parents, there appears to be a bit of a trend toward defying the sexual status quo in Tinseltown — as I covered in April, Charlize Theron reported that her 7-year-old son has been a girl since he was 3 (here); and Kate Hudson doesn’t yet know the gender of her little girl (here).
As for Megan’s little boy wearing dresses, what do you think the experience is imparting? Do you believe it’s building confidence, as she hopes?
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