Mother of three Kate Hudson is speaking out after her recent comments about raising her daughter in a “genderless” way gained traction on social media.
The mom, who just welcomed her first daughter after having two boys, said in a recent interview that she’s tossing aside gender norms to raise her youngest, Dearly reported.
She told AOL:
“I think you just raise your kids individually regardless [of their sex] — like a genderless [approach]. We still don’t know what she’s going to identify as.”
Hudson’s comments earned applause from some parents, but heavy criticism from others.
Now, the fitness guru is addressing her comments.
On Monday, Hudson took to Instagram to clarify what she meant by taking a “genderless” approach to raising 3-month-old Rani Rose.
The actress said:
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. The whole click bait tactic of saying I’m raising my daughter to be ‘genderless’ is silly and frankly doesn’t even make sense.
Hudson said that she only meant that gender doesn’t determine how she raises her kids. She continued:
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.
She concluded by saying traditional gender roles seem a bit old-fashioned to her:
Me saying a ‘genderless approach’ was a way of refocusing the conversation in a direction that could exist outside of the female stereotype. It just felt a little antiquated to me. Not all girls want to be a princess, some want to be king. And that’s fine by me.
The 39-year-old turned off the comments on the post and hasn’t spoken out on the issue further.
It seems that regardless of what others on social media have to say, Hudson is sure of her own parenting decisions.
In addition to baby Rani Rose, the mom has two sons from past relationships, Ryder, 15, and Bingham, 7.