Charlize Theron’s child chose to be a girl at 3yo; support came but not enough from media, some say
Actress Charlize Theron has made headlines by announcing she has been raising her older, adopted child as a girl. The kid, she said, told her mother herself that she is “not a boy.”
“Yes, I thought she was a boy, too,” the 43-year-old actress told the Daily Mail on Thursday. “Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said: ‘I am not a boy!’”
There have already been rumors that Theron, an outspoken LGBTQ activist, has been raising her child Jackson as a girl, with pictures surfacing of the child dressed in a girl’s clothes.
“So there you go! I have two beautiful daughters,” Theron said. Her younger daughter August is biologically female.
The news was met mostly with an outpouring of support from fans and the LGBTQ community.
newfound respect for charlize theron https://t.co/AFSEHHAHGj— Paris Marx (@parismarx) April 19, 2019
The news about Charlize Theron and her daughter makes me smile some that this world isn't all darkness and bigotry towards trans people and their existence.— Iza, Breezy, The Pickle Jar Opener (@IzabelaKaramia) April 19, 2019
But some thought the media were not supportive enough, with several headlines saying Theron is “raising her child as a girl” – instead of calling her a girl – and of not being eloquent enough in celebrating a three-year-old’s life-defining decision.
I ❤️Charlize Theron for being such a wonderful parent!I wish newspapers wouldn’t use the phrase “raising as a girl” though...1. She *is* a girl2. @CharlizeAfrica is raising her daughter to be herself3. What does “as a girl” even mean? That just reinforces gender stereotypes! https://t.co/iuIHZf5slB— Helen🧜🏻♀️(⧖) (@mimmymum) April 19, 2019
It's telling that most news sources are reporting this story with the problematic phrase "Charlize Theron raises son as a girl", and only an actively pro-queer site like Pink News uses better phrasing.News outlets need to do better with trans issues.https://t.co/oiiyT4Z0Mf— Jazmin Frost 🏳️🌈⚧💚🎮📖 (@JazminKFrost) April 19, 2019
Those more critical of Theron’s decision questioned a toddler’s ability to make such bold choices for themselves.
This Charlize Theron situation has me a lil shocked you know. A three year old said "I am not a boy" and now not only is she just deciding to raise it as a girl (because of that statement), she's also decided to announce it to the world and I cant understand why— Egg-on Targaryen (@bigdaddyad3) April 19, 2019
When my son was 3 he said he was superman. Ever since we’ve made him wear his underpants outside his trousers. Now he is a teenager, he is beginning to regret some of his early life choices. Charlize Theron reveals she is raising her first child as a girl https://t.co/NjVMQvRish— Lawrence Webb (@LawrenceJWebb) April 19, 2019
Others thought it was just a PR stunt to boost some upcoming movie’s publicity.
Movie due out: “Which bandwagon to jump on 🤔”He’s a 3 year old boy you fruit loop!!! I said I was from Mars till I was 6yrs old for Christ sake!This shit is going too far now.Charlize Theron: My child I thought was a boy is... a girl! https://t.co/nxnwkBGPq4— SM (@SMcK723) April 19, 2019
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