Angelina Jolie + Brad Pitt Are Awesome Parents, Support Shiloh’s Decision to Be Called John
When Angelina was recently unable to attend the red carpet premiere for her latest movie, ‘Unbroken,’ Brad stepped in and took her place — bringing along three of their children, all of whom looked totally dapper in their suits and ties, including Shiloh, who now reportedly prefers to go by the name John. (Note: from here on out, we will be using the gender-neutral pronoun 'they,' ala Refinery 29, as well as their chosen name of John when referring to Shiloh, in an attempt to be respectful toward their choice.)
The Jolie-Pitt family has been making headlines recently because of their choice to support John's decision to identify as male. Angelina is quoted as telling Vanity Fair, as early as 2010, that John (Quote via Refinery 29): "...wants to be a boy. So we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boys’ everything. She thinks she’s one of the brothers.”
According to child psychologist Linda Blair, via the Telegraph, exploring one's gender identity at a young age is a natural part of life that has been suppressed over the years: "To explore what it means to be both genders is also totally normal. But the problem is we have suppressed it for so many generations, that people are still uncomfortable with it. You can’t become what you are until you know what you’re not.”
It's a pretty progressive act, and we love that Angelina and Brad are reportedly totally on board with John's decision in a way that doesn't make a spectacle out of it. They simply respect their child enough to allow them to figure out their own identity as they grow up, and we commend them for it.