Life & Style asks: “Why is Angelina turning Shiloh into a Boy?”
When Brad Pitt was spotted in Paris last month holding his 3 1/2-year-old daughter Shiloh, it looked like he and Angelina Jolie had adopted a new child. Instead, it was sweet Shi sporting a new haircut that ignited a firestorm of controversy. “It’s a drastic change,” an eyewitness tells Life & Style. “The last time we’d seen her, her hair was longer and blonder, and she was more girlie. We were surprised Angelina dressed her so much like a little boy.”
Our readers weighed in on Shiloh’s new ‘do: “I don’t like at all. She’s a pretty little girl but I think Shiloh looks better with long hair.” Others argued, “There’s nothing wrong with short hair on girls and women!” Some even suggested it’s a wig!
Fueling the debate, Brad told Oprah that his daughter responded only to boys’ names. “We’ve got to call her John,” noting that when he started to ask, “Shi, do you want…” she would interrupt with “John. I’m John.” Brad continued, “I’ll say, ‘John, would you like some orange juice?’ And she goes, ‘No!’”
Once again, experts weigh in on the topic. Some say that indulging Shiloh’s masculine behavior is a mistake. “Little girls have never been women before,” Glenn Stanton, director of Family Formation Studies at the conservative organization Focus on the Family, tells Life & Style. “They need help, they need guidance of what that looks like. It’s important to teach our children that gender distinction is very healthy.”
But others say that letting Shiloh wear what she wants is a vital part of learning to form her own identity. “Giving preschool-age children the freedom and flexibility to experiment with how they want to be seen in the world is a wonderful gift,” parenting coach Karen Deerwester, author of The Entitlement-Free Child, tells Life & Style.
What are your thoughts on the topic?