Charlize Theron Is Raising Son Jackson As A Girl: "Who They Want To Be Is Not For Me To Decide"

Charlize Theron Is Raising Son Jackson As A Girl: "Who They Want To Be Is Not For Me To Decide"

Theron revealed Jackson told her she is a girl when she was all of three-years-old and now a lot of people have come forward to praise her, as well as to criticize her for her parenting skills.

Charlize Theron is definitely not one to follow the crowd and she's someone who's not afraid to keep things real. She's setting the mark quite high, as a parent, too. In 2012, she adopted a boy and named him Jackson. Then she adopted another baby girl and named her August! Recently, she revealed that her eldest child, Jackson, who was born a boy, is in fact, a girl. There have been rumors associated with Jackson for a while now, as he was spotted wearing dresses and hair in braids. Charlize Theron admitted she was raising Jackson as a girl, and she also said Jackson is every bit as much a girl as her three-year-old sister, August.



She said, "Yes, I thought she was a boy, too. 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."



She continued, "And I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that. You can blame my mom for the fact I don't know any better! You know, I grew up in a country where people lived with half-truths and lies and whispers and nobody said anything outright, and I was raised very specifically not to be like that. I was taught by my mom that you have to speak up; you have to be able to know that, when this life is over, you'll have lived the truth you're comfortable with, and that nothing negative can come from that."



A lot of people had mixed reactions about Theron admitting Jackson was growing up as a girl. India Willoughby wrote, "Is Charlize Theron doing the right thing? Absolutely! Brilliant parenting. Listen to your kids. Don’t force them to be someone they are not. She’s probably going to get a stick, but in my book, this sets a WONDERFUL example." She also added, "1: Nothing permanent happens to trans kids. 2: They can change their mind at any time. Great! No one actively forces kids to be trans. 3: The criteria is “persistent and consistent.” Years. 4: % of those who de-transition - single figures."



Matt Walsh doesn't seem to agree, though. He said, "Charlize Theron says she found out her son was a girl because he declared it when he was three. You seriously have to be mentally ill to find this reasoning acceptable. This is pure unadulterated madness. Lanre chimed in, "As a parent of 3 kids (one of whom is nearing 3yrs old), let me say this. Charlize Theron is unfit to be a parent and a responsible govt should have taken this poor child from her." Will Witt added, "This is child abuse. You should be teaching and parenting your child, not virtue signaling." As always, there were e a lot of mixed opinions on the way Theron was raising her child!



While Theron came clean as to how she chooses to raise her daughters, Amanda Jetté Knox,  a mother of a trans child applauded Theron reports The Oprah Magazine. "As a mother of a trans daughter, it gave me hope to hear that actress Charlize Theron not only has a trans a child but unwaveringly supports her. This visibility is a bright beacon in darker times," she wrote. "My own daughter, the one I knew for 11 years as our middle son, came out in an email to us in 2014. Alexis told us she was 'a girl trapped in a boy’s body' and that, 'more than anything' she needed to be a girl," she continued, while adding that like Theron, she and her family, too, were criticized and judged. 



Knox said, "But there’s nothing dangerous or abusive about loving your child for who they are. Trans children are not a fad. They’ve always existed; we just didn’t always know how to support them. Thanks to adults in the transgender community, we now know how to do better. The idea that a child can be trans is still woefully misunderstood by many. While some can wrap their heads around the notion of trans adults, they struggle to understand how a child could comprehend their own gender, arguing they’re too young and impressionable to make declarations of this magnitude. How could they possibly know?"



She concluded, "This is why visibility matters, and why I cheered when I saw Charlize state who her child is so firmly and eloquently. While some naysayers have called it a desperate cry for attention, I see it for what it is: a mother using her privilege and clout to not only protect her child but to help other children and families as well. Not every parent’s voice can carry this important message as far as hers. Not every trans child is growing up with the safety and security Jackson has. The more families who stand proudly beside their trans, non-binary and gender non-conforming kids, the more it normalizes our experiences and breeds wider acceptance. My daughter is a trans, but that’s the least interesting thing about her. It’s just not a big deal. This is the gift of loving our children for exactly who they are."




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