More Gender Policing for Shiloh from Life & Style Magazine

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After receiving some backlash (plus a response from Angelina Jolie herself) for gender policing celebrity child Shiloh Jolie-Pitts, it looks like Life & Style Magazine wanted to follow up for more attention by implying that Angelina Jolie is the one gender policing her child — to wear boy’s clothes.

And what is the proof behind Shiloh being manipulated? Her outfits are too well put together so she obviously doesn’t dress herself  (you know, like most 4-year olds do). After all, Jolie must be the only person in the world who dresses her child herself — and certainly the only one to possibly dress her kid in clothes she may not like (although Jolie’s says the opposite: that she’s simply allowing Shiloh’s own self-expression).

The fact of the matter is no one would give a shit if Jolie was “making” her kid wear tutus and sundresses — since that’s “normal” and all. Pants on a little girl? For shame! Short hair? What little girl would want that! Tell Life & Style to get the fuck over it and quit gender policing a 4-year old before she’s permanently harmed by their manipulative bullshit.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/toongrrl/ Jessica “Jess” Victoria Carillo

    Leave Shiloh alone “Life & Style.” She is four years old and it’s easier for a mother (believe me you, it’s mostly mothers that do the kiddie work) to dress her child down in super-casuals than in pretty,frilly, fussy getups that’ll get dirty. Plus I have a 4 year old cousin who got her hair cut short recently, she used to have long hair that would get tangled easily and brushing and washing her hair was a pain in the ass. Leave Shiloh and Angelina alone!

  • nicolechat

    What’s particularly upsetting about this is that this media attention is ultimately what’s going to hurt the little girl as she grows up. If Shiloh does indeed continue to like this sort of clothing as she gets older – as she gets to about 11 years old or so – she’s going to have a hard enough time dealing with the usual preteen body image issues and how those relate to her sense of femininity or her gender expression/identity. We all did, particularly those of us who weren’t stylish or feminine. Add to that the fact that one day one of her classmates could very well drag up these old articles and use those as an excuse to tease her, and she’s going to go through one hell of a hard time.

    I know that some people will point out that simply by contributing to the conversation, I (and Vanessa, and anyone else who comments on this) are all condoning it, but really something has to be said here – she’s four. Come on, Angie and Brad can take it, but leave the kids out of it for fuck’s sake! And Shiloh is being set up for a lifetime of scrutiny and identity issues, which wouldn’t matter any more than it does for any other kid if the tabloids chose not to touch it; ie, it’s “news” because it’s news in the same way that Paris Hilton is famous cause she’s famous. And this will only hurt her because the tabloids are telling her it should.

    So hey, on the off-chance that Shiloh herself might stumble upon this blog post in eight or so years: Fuck the media, be who you want to be, and don’t let people bring you down for the choices you made when you were a toddler (and perhaps have continued to make since then). Tabloid journalists think that their readers want to hate your parents, so they’re using you to give them fuel for that; that’s all this is. And you don’t need to give even a little bit of a shit.

  • http://feministing.com/members/mlemac28/ Emily

    A stylist probably is dressing Shiloh, she’s the daughter of two of the biggest names in Hollywood. If she wasn’t dressed by a stylist, the headlines would be about how she was wearing boys clothes that didn’t match (gasp!). I can imagine though, that since Shiloh prefers to wear boy’s clothes, the stylist is putting together the outfits with boys clothes for her comfort, including hand-me-downs from her older brother. I applaud the stylist for listening to her client (no matter how young).

  • http://feministing.com/members/tarheelinnyc/ Lori

    Honestly, the root of the hype couldn’t be more obvious. As the biological (and therefore, in many people’s eyes, the “real”) child of two of the most attractive people in the world, she is expected to be a princess. Like Suri. The media was horrified when the parents chose the name “Shiloh” because it wasn’t feminine enough. She has the opportunity to be portrayed as the flowy haired, delicated, pouty lipped dream girl and instead she is acting as a PERSON. Making practical choices about wardrobe and hair. She may be four years old but she’s much smarter than most of the people I know in this world.

  • http://feministing.com/members/artevistafilms/ Kimberly Bautista

    Hmmm… interesting that we’ve framed this as the “leave Shiloh alone” campaign. What about all the other children, boys and girls, regardless of age, who are subject to the media hyping up these gender distinctions? Celebrities, both adult and children, will sadly always be criticized under a magnoscope. But my concern is, how do these criticisms penetrate our psyche as a nation? And how do we replicate these standards as parents, co-workers, students, and teachers? It all boils down to the sickness we suffer in the States. We’re so consumed by image. And the media festers this obsession; it’s the only way it can assure its own existence. Great blog, thought I should point out that the affects of these gender role regulations are far more reaching than to our little princess.