little shiloh is gender queer at age 4

29 Jun

Okay, so I realize that I’m stooping to a new low here with a gossip post, but I really do think it’s relevant to the topic of this blog. Any of you that have seen recent pictures of Brad and Angelina’s first biological child, Shiloh, would agree that they are breeding a beautiful little gender queer celebrity. According to Jolie, Shiloh dresses “like a little dude. Shiloh, we feel, has Montenegro style. It’s how people dress there. She likes tracksuits, she likes (regular) suits. She likes to dress like a boy. She wants to be a boy. So we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boys’ everything. She thinks she’s one of the brothers.”(Full article here: http://www.queerty.com/if-angelina-jolie-says-daughter-shiloh-wants-to-be-a-boy-can-the-tabloids-20100628/#ixzz0sFbTzhwZ

Honestly, I’m not a huge Brangelina fan, but I have to give her props for being so open to how her daughter wants to identify. The truth is, at age 4, kids are exploring themselves and the world around them, and if a girl wants to dress like a guy, it doesn’t necessarily mean anything significant. Then again, it could. But who cares? Good for Angelina for being so relaxed with it.

Here are some pics of the adorable little thang:

ok...Shiloh or Ellen?

Shiloh and her sister

Just saying, that if I end up with a kid as adorable and gender bending as Shiloh, I will let he/she/ze wear WHATEVER they want!

2 Responses to “little shiloh is gender queer at age 4”

  1. Olivia Griffin June 29, 2010 at 6:35 pm #

    Okay, so at the daycare I work at, a little 4 year old boy is being chastized for his gender bending qualities. The director told him today, “What do you think your Nana will say when I tell her you wouldn’t go to sleep at nap because you were holding another boy’s hand?”
    He dresses up as a girl, holds everyones hand, wakes up his friend with the coo of “Good morning gorgeous”, and even screams extremely femininely. At the age he is discovering his piping, as with all the other kids, he is not allowed to be in the barthroom with other kids due to his curiousity. Jaded adults suggest things occuring that are way out of his mind (blow jobs between toddlers?!). I only wish that the teachers would see him as a curious child, rather than a perverted, bad kid. What do you think?

    • thesexualityblogger June 29, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

      Olivia,
      So I literally could go on for hours about how aware children are of their own sexuality at a very young age, but I’ve realized it’s quite a controversial subject. Adults don’t want to recognize that kids have the same bodies, feelings, and thoughts (though less complex) that adults have. I agree with you that the fear of “blow jobs between toddlers” is ridiculous, and is representative of the adults’ own homophobia. The truth is, this kid probably has a lot of curiosity for the world around him, and simply needs a loving adult to explain to him that there are certain things he should do in his own bedroom, versus what he should do in public. In fact, I recall my parents having this very conversation with me at the tender age of 5, and look how well I turned out! I would definitely encourage him to continue being kind and loving towards the other children, and of course if he begins to do more explicit things (touching himself in public, exposing himself to others, pressuring others to touch themselves/him), have a conversation with him about why that’s not appropriate. Kids usually can’t understand the word “no” unless you give them a legitimate reason.

      Hope this helps!

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