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Actress Kate Hudson Clarifies Comment About 'Genderless' Parenting

01-28-2019
Kate Hudson (AP Photo)
Kate Hudson (AP Photo)

Actress Kate Hudson is clarifying recent comments she made about raising her new daughter with a "genderless [approach]."

Hudson initially told AOL.com: "I think you just raise your kids individually regardless - like a genderless [approach]. We still don't know what she's going to identify as." Now Hudson is trying to explain what she meant.

Hudson's daughter named Rani Rose was born last October. The girl is named for her father Danny Fujikawa, Hudson's boyfriend. 

Hudson, 39, admits Rani is feminine. "Right now, she is incredibly feminine in her energy, her sounds, and her way," she told AOL. 

But in an Instagram post, Hudson now says her "genderless" comment was misunderstood.

"Recently someone asked me something along the lines of, if having and raising a girl is different from boys. My response was simple. Not really," she explains in the post. "This whole click bait tactic of saying I'm raising my daughter to be 'genderless' is silly and frankly doesn't even make sense."

She says she's just fighting old-fashioned stereotypes because "not all girls want to be a princess, some want to be king."

"I raise and will continue to raise my children, both my boys and girl to feel free to be exactly who they want to be. To feel confident in their life choices and feel loved and supported no matter what. Me saying a 'genderless approach' was a way of re focusing the conversation in a direction that could fit outside the female stereotype," she says.

She also says she's open to her kids choosing non-traditional gender roles. "And if they grow up and identify with something different than what others want to identify them as...mama's cool with it!"

The daughter of actress Goldie Hawn, Hudson also has two boys, Ryder 15 and Bingham, 7.

Meanwhile, other celebrities have said they actually are trying "genderless" parenting.

During an interview in 2017, the singer known as Pink revealed she and her husband were raising their children as gender neutral. 

Pink, whose real name is Alecia Beth Moore, admitted to The Sunday People that she even sees herself as a 12-year-old boy. 

And other people are also following the more extreme version of a "genderless" approach to parenting which has been called raising "theybies," where parents do not disclose the sex of their child and use plural pronouns "they, them, and their" when addressing them, so the kids can decide for themselves when and how they want to identify.

Jerry Walls, a philosophy professor at Houston Baptist University, told the Christian Post that parents really shouldn't play around with something so fundamental.

"There's something very particular and intentional about male and female in the created order in the creation narrative in Genesis 1," Walls explained. "And to mess and play around with this is really an assault on something utterly fundamental.

"It's easy to laugh this off as a few zany, fringe people, and maybe that's all it is for the moment. But there's something really serious going on in that fundamental challenge," he noted. 

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