Musician Pink explains why she’s raising her children as gender neutral, and proves once again why she’s legitimately the best.
From channelling some much needed teenage angst in Just Like A Pill, to her honest account of trying to find her place in the world in Mizunderstood, Pink has made it her business to defy societal norms, gender stereotypes and beauty expectations ever since she first entered the music scene back in the year 2000.
And now, as a mum of two, it seems to be a mindset she’s very keen to instil in her children.
“We are a very label-less household,” Pink explained to the Sunday Post, stressing that she’s raising six-year-old Willow and 11-month-old Jameson to be gender neutral.
“Last week Willow told me she is going to marry an African woman. I was like: ‘Great, can you teach me how to make African food?’
“And she’s like: ‘Sure mama, and we are going to live with you while our house is getting ready.’
“I was like ‘what the f***, who are you? Who is paying for this by the way?’”
Pink, who has long been an advocate for women’s rights, also applauded her daughter’s school for their encouraging and supportive approach.
“The bathroom outside the kindergarten said: ‘Gender Neutral - anybody’, and it was a drawing of many different shapes,” Pink explained.
“I took a picture of it and I wrote: ‘Progress’. I thought that was awesome. I love that kids are having this conversation.”
Earlier this year Pink also took to the stage at this year’s VMA awards to address how much pressure society places on women in terms of upholding beauty standards - by using her daughter as an example.
Explaining that her daughter recently told her that she thought of herself as being “ugly”, Pink shared: “Recently I was driving my daughter to school and she said to me, out of the blue […] ‘I’m the ugliest girl I know’. And I said, ‘Huh?’ And she said, ‘Yeah, I look like a boy with long hair.’”
Using herself as an example, she asked her daughter: “‘What do you think I look like?’
“And she said, ‘Well, you’re beautiful.’ And I said, ‘Well, thanks’.”
“But I said, ‘When people make fun of me, that’s what they use. They say that I look like a boy […] my body is too strong. I said to her, ‘Do you see me growing my hair?’
“‘No, Mama.’ ‘Do you see me changing my body?’ ‘No, Mama?’”
She then said she asked her daughter, “Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?” To which Willow could clearly only respond as any of us would: “Yes, Mama.”
Never change, Pink.
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