That part of the internet dedicated to celebrity news lost their damn minds this week when Kate Hudson casually mentioned in an and AOL interview that she favored a genderless approach to parenting in favor of approaching each child as an individual. Here's some context as to the question from AOL and full answer from Kate:
But does having a baby girl make you do anything differently or change your approach at all?
"It doesn’t really change my approach, but there’s definitely a difference. 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. I will say that, right now, she is incredibly feminine in her energy, her sounds and her way. It’s very different from the boys, and it’s really fun to actually want to buy kids’ clothes. With the boys it was just like onesies … actually, I did pretty good with the boys. [Laughs] But with her it’s a whole other ball game. There’s some stuff that I’m like, “I can’t do that to her, because it’s so over-the-top.”
Taken in context Kate makes absolute sense here, talking about her attempt to parent each of her kids according to their individual needs. Boy/girl, it doesn't matter much, but because she said the phrase "genderless" people lost their damn minds.
That tiny tidbit actually only made up a tiny portion of the interview, you can find the full transcript HERE.
Kate responded to the backlash with a post on her Instagram account:
My favorite part: "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."
Clickbait headlines be damned. Kate's got this whole raising a daughter thing covered, and she won't stand for you telling her anything to the contrary and that's how it should be.
It's high time we stop scrutinizing every word or approach to parenting we might not agree with or understand. In the end, we're all just doing our best and trying not to raise serial killers, amiright?