That didn’t take long. Barely two weeks after making news by publicly challenging men to “grow a pair” and ask her out, actress Charlize Theron is back in the headlines for revealing that she has been raising her adopted seven-year-old son as a girl since he was three, allowing him to wear dresses and frequently referring to him as “she.”
“Yes, I thought she was a boy, too,” Charlize said. “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,” she continued. “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.”
Theron has defined parenting as simply celebrating her children as they wish to be, rather than as being a guide to direct children. “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 stated. “And I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that.”
From The Daily Wire:
“The article later delved into some of Charlize Theron’s childhood wounds that may have influenced her permissive approach to parenting. Tragically, she grew up with an abusive father whose death she witnessed at the hands of her mother in self-defense. From the report:
“The drama of Charlize’s early years is well-documented. The tough life on a remote farm outside Johannesburg, South Africa, tormented by an alcoholic and abusive father who would regularly and viciously beat Charlize’s mother, Gerda.
“Then the last tragic day when Charlize was 15 and her father, Charles, who ran a construction business, returned home in a rage, carrying a gun and threatening to kill both Charlize and Gerda.
“Instead, in front of Charlize’s eyes, in what was later ruled an act of self-defense, Gerda shot him dead.
“Theron recently caused a stir by lamenting in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that she had been single for about a decade and wishing aloud that men would just “grow a pair” and ask her out. “I’ve been single for 10 years, it’s not a long shot,” she said. “Somebody just needs to grow a pair and step up. I’m shockingly available.”
“Theron’s social circle likely leans left, given her Hollywood career and her history of abortion advocacy, which spans all the way back to the late-1990s. Since she starred in the pro-abortion film, “The Cider House Rules,” she has been a vocal supporter of Planned Parenthood and has attended multiple pro-choice rallies.”
The very private Charlize Theron is opening up about her family life. Although she has been very candid about letting her children choose their gender. Jackson who is now 7 and was born a boy, has chosen to be a girl. Theron adopted Jackson in 2012 and her second daughter, August, in 2015.
Theron credits her mother for teaching her how to be a tolerant and accepting person. “You know, I grew up in [South Africa] 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,” Theron explained. “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.”