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"I think she (Shiloh) is fascinating, the choices she is making. And I would never be the kind of parent to force somebody to be something they are not. I think that is just bad parenting... Children should be allowed to express themselves in whatever way they wish without anybody judging them because it is an important part of their growth.
"Society always has something to learn when it comes to the way we judge each other, label each other. We have far to go." -- Angeliina Jolie talks to Reuters about her daughter.
Angelina Jolie leads the evolution of gender neutral parenting
A lot has been written in the tabloid press about little Shiloh's pantsuits and short haircut. Angelina Jolie says her four-year-old dresses "like a little dude. She likes tracksuits, she likes (regular) suits. She likes to dress like a boy. She wants to be a boy. So we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boys' everything. She thinks she's one of the brothers." In her new Vanity Fair cover story, Angelina says, "Shiloh, we feel, has Montenegro style. It's how people dress there".
The 35-year old actress has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards. Jolie promotes humanitarian causes, and is noted for her work with refugees as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations.
Us Magazine: Tomboys like Shiloh Jolie-Pitt are 'nothing to worry about'
Tabloids continue to speculate about the world's most famous tomboy toddler. UsMagazine.com: "Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, 3, sported a skull cap and toy gun holster as she got into a water taxi in Venice, Italy, with parents Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt over the weekend. A source tells UsMagazine.com Shiloh picks out most of duds and accessories, which have included a toy sword. Though her tomboy style has turned heads, experts say Jolie, 34, and Pitt, 46, have nothing to worry about. 'It's quite healthy, as she is learning to make choices and think independently,' says Manhattan psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert.
Life & Style magazine: 'Why Is Angelina Turning Shiloh into a Boy?'
ABC News reports on Life & Style's insinuation that gender expression may be parent-based, rather than child-based self-expression. In other words, Life & Style may be saying that Angelina is choosing haircuts and outfits for Shiloh - as opposed to Shiloh telling Angelina what she likes and dislikes.
"Wearing boys' clothes and a new boyish haircut, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt looks more like famous father Brad Pitt these days than equally famous mom Angelina Jolie. The 3-year-old's tomboyish look has tongues wagging, and last week's cover of Life & Style magazine asking, Why Is Angelina Turning Shiloh into a Boy?"
But a representative from MomLogic.com - took another direction:
"What Shiloh is doing now at 3 is very age-appropriate," Michelle Golland, a clinical psychologist and MomLogic.com expert. "Kids take on different identities. And she has older brothers. In some ways, she's going to aspire to be like them."
Golland said she thinks Jolie and Pitt are taking a healthy approach to Shiloh's self-expression. "I think they are doing exactly what they should do," she said.