The cover of this weekâ€™s Life & Style magazine asked its readers, â€œWhy Is Angelina Turning Shiloh Into a Boy?â€ Claiming Angelina Jolie refuses to let her 3-year-old daughter wear dresses and insists on calling her â€œJohn,â€ the accompanying article then cites â€œexpertâ€ opinions on whether the behavior is harmful to the child… including a rep for antigay group Focus on the Family.
“Little girls have never been women before. They need help, they need guidance of what that looks like,â€ Focus on the Familyâ€™s Glenn Stanton says in the magazine. â€œItâ€™s important to teach our children that gender distinction is very healthy.â€
Celebrity stylist Gili Rashal-Niv offers, “I get that times are tough but does Angie really need to have Shiloh sharing clothes with her brothers? Hopefully we wonâ€™t be seeing Maddox in one of Shilohâ€™s dresses any time soon.â€
A spokesperson for Life & Style magazine issued the following statement to The Advocate:
â€œLife & Style’s cover story â€˜Why Is Angelina Turning Shiloh Into a Boy?â€™ presents experts speaking from all viewpoints in the debate over Shiloh’s new look, which immediately ignited controversy all across the media. The feature provides our readers with a comprehensive look inside one of the biggest entertainment news stories right now.â€
But the National Center for Transgender Equality says the article is just pushing outdated stereotypes.
â€œThe length of Shiloh’s hair or the clothes she wears are really matters for her and her parents to decide; this is a family that is known for their fashion,â€ Justin Tanis, outreach manager for NCTE tells The Advocate. â€œWhat’s important here is that every child, including Shiloh, has the opportunity to express herself and explore her world in a way that is safe and nurturing for her. Our society needs healthy, well-rounded children whose interests and tastes are as diverse as the children themselves and are not limited by outdated stereotypes of gender. Shiloh â€” and all other children â€” deserve the right to be themselves in ways that feel right to them as they learn and grow.â€
Representatives from GLAAD have reached out to Life & Style to “educate the editors about how to fairly and accurately report on gender identity issues.” Senior Director of Programs issued the following statement to The Advocate.
“Life & Style is way off the mark with this outrageous coverage. Perpetuating gender stereotypes and targeting children for ridicule about the way they dress is unacceptable, regardless of their parentâ€™s celebrity status. Media has a responsibility to differentiate between credible authorities and politically motivated (and usually self-proclaimed) ‘experts’ like Focus on the Family’s Glenn Stanton, who is not an expert on developmental issues or gender identity.”
A whole much a do about nothing!
source: Tabloid Mag: Is Angie Making Shiloh a Boy? [advocate]