Kate Hudson Addresses Backlash Over ‘Genderless Approach’ to Raising Her Daughter
Though mothers should never have to clear the air about how they're raising their children, in the social media era mom-shaming has become quite a real thing. On Monday (January 28), Kate Hudson clarified some recent comments she made during a recent AOL interview about the differences between raising her daughter Rani and her two sons that received some major backlash.
"[Having a daughter] doesn’t really change my approach, but there’s definitely a difference,” Hudson said at the time. “I think you just raise your kids individually regardless — like a genderless [approach]. We still don’t know what she’s going to identify as.”
“I will say that, right now, she is incredibly feminine in her energy, her sounds and her way,” she continued. “It’s very different from the boys, and it’s really fun to actually want to buy kids’ clothes.”
People took "genderless approach" as the actress is raising Rani to be gender nonconforming, which simply isn't the case.
"Dear all my friends, fans and others who read this," Hudson wrote in a lengthy Instagram post. "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. This whole click bait tactic of saying I'm raising my daughter to be 'genderless' is silly and frankly doesn't even make sense."
"I raise and continue to raise my children, both my boys and girl to feel free to be exactly who they want to be," she continued. "Me saying a 'genderless approach' was a way of re focusing 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 mother of three ended her post with a message to her critics.
"I recognize some want to take the headline earnestly as if I have some new age method of raising my kids and I really do hate disappointing people but, I don't," she wrote. "I just try to raise my kids to be good people with the best tools to face this big crazy world."
Check out her post below.
Hudson gave birth to her daughter in October. She is also mother to 14-year-old son Ryder Robinson and 7-year-old son Bingham Bellamy.