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Kate Hudson is responding to “click bait” headlines that took a statement she made earlier this month out of context and claimed she said she’s raising her newborn daughter, Rani Rose,”genderless.” The actress hit back at the reports in an Instagram post where she clarified what she meant and explained her parenting philosophy.

“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,” she wrote. “This whole click bait tactic of saying I’m raising my daughter to be ‘genderless’ is silly and frankly doesn’t make any sense.”

 

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She added that she would continue to raise her children — “both my boys and girl” — to “feel free to be exactly who they want to be” and “feel confident… loved… and supported no matter what.” She then clarified her earlier comments further — saying she would like to raise her daughter outside the constraints of stereotypical gender norms.

“Me saying a ‘genderless approach’ was a way of re focusing [sic] the conversation in a direction that could exist outside the female stereotype,” she continued. “It just felt a little antiquated to me. Not all girls want to be a princess, some want to be a king… And that’s fine by me.”

The earlier statement to which she was referring appeared in an interview with Aol. published earlier this month. When asked if having a baby girl forced her to change her approach to parenting, Hudson had answered that she approaches each kid individually regardless of gender.

“[Having a girl] doesn’t really change my approach, but there’s definitely a difference. I think you just raise your kids individually regardless — like a genderless [approach],” she said. “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.”

The use of the word “genderless” is what caught people’s attention in the interview and many publications took it out of the context of her other comments. In her Instagram post, Hudson emphasized that she wasn’t trying to make a “new age” parenting statement, but is really just trying her best to raise good, happy, well-adapted kids.

“I just try to raise my kids to be good people with the best tools to face this big crazy world,” she wrote. “And if they grow up to identify with something different than what others want to identify them as… mama’s cool with it! I keep it simple cause we all know raising kids is anything but!”

 

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