From The Daily Mail, U.K.: “No one could accuse actress Charlize Theron of following the crowd. Take, for example, the case of her elder child, seven-year-old Jackson, who was adopted as a baby and introduced to the world as a boy. For years now, rumors have swirled that Charlize has, in fact, been raising Jackson as a girl. As photographs have appeared of the child wearing skirts and dresses and with long, braided hair, Hollywood gossips have wondered what on earth Jackson’s mother thought she was doing. But when asked about it on a sunny morning in Beverly Hills, Charlize is matter-of-fact. Not only is she raising Jackson as a girl–in fact, she says, Jackson is every bit as much a girl as her three-year-old sister, August. ‘Yes, I thought she was a boy, too,’ Charlize agrees, briskly. ‘Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said: ‘I am not a boy!’ ‘So there you go! I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive.
‘They were born who they are and exactly where in the world both of them get to find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be, is not for me to decide.’My job as a parent is to celebrate them and to love them and to make sure that they have everything they need in order to be what they want to be.’ And I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that’.”
What is conspicuously missing from the article is how did Charlize think she was adopting a boy? Since she adopted Jackson (is it now Jacqueline) 7 years ago, and the kid is now 7, presumably she was changing diapers during much of that time. Further, Charlize, or so I’ve heard, is very experienced sexually, so presumably she is well versed in the difference between boy and girl naughty bits. Therefore, my conclusion is that Jackson has, I hope not had, boy equipment. So when Jackson said, at age three, “I’m not a boy,” Charlize didn’t seem to think a parent’s role involved resolving gender confusion. Instead, she accepted the greater wisdom of three year old. Note that entire sentence I put in bold. A three year old tells Charlize that his sex isn’t what she sees, and she defers to the greater wisdom. How did so many people become so stupid so rapidly?
From Refinery29: The actress added: “My job as a parent is to celebrate them and to love them and to make sure that they have everything they need in order to be what they want to be. And I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that.” Theron’s comments are prompting plenty of discussion – and plenty of praise – on Twitter today. Author Juno Dawson, a role model for LGBT charity Stonewall, who is trans, tweeted: “This made me tear up. My life would have been so different if my parents had just let me be me as a kid. Adopt me, Charlize.”
From Fox News: Theron has been an LGBTQ activist for many years. In 2009, she announced on “The View” that she wouldn’t get married to her then-boyfriend Stuart Townsend until everyone in the United States had a right to marry.” I have so many friends who are gays and lesbians who would so badly want to get married, that I wouldn’t be able to sleep with myself,” she said while on the show.
The story started in The Daily Mail, which included an abbreviated history of Charlize (including watching, as a child, her mother shoot and kill her father, an abuser one assumes) and was picked up by all manner of publications, most less liberal than the Mail, and mostly passed on without editorial comment, which is unusual in this day and age. Her background was presented, depending upon which publication, as either an explanation for her wanting to allow her child complete freedom to be whatever he/she/it/they/xe wanted to be in lieu of parental guidance, or an excuse for how unwilling she was to provide adult guidance. Lest anyone mistake Charlize for a man-hater, some articles reminded us that a few years ago, she famously wrote, “I am shockingly available. I have been single for so long, I wish more men would ‘grow a pair’ and ask me out for a date.”
Obviously, “growing a pair” only applies to dating. When it comes to child raising, apparently, it’s “snipping off a pair.” Poor Jackson…..or is it Jacqueline?