Shiloh Jolie Pitt Cuts Her Hair

shiloh jolie-pittIn celebrity news lately has been the fact that Shiloh Jolie-Pitt has debuted an even shorter hairstyle. For the past few years, Shiloh has been photographed almost exclusively in boy’s clothes, with boy hair styles. In the August issue of Vanity Fair, Shiloh’s mother Angelina Jolie says this about Shiloh’s personal style, “She 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.”

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So this brought a thought to my mind, should we follow our child’s lead in the way they want to dress/act? Or should we instill in them the “classic” gender roles that society has deemed appropriate? I know many people in the internet world have gone as far as calling Jolie and Pitt bad parents for catering to their child’s wishes to look and act like a boy. However, I am not so sure that they are doing any “damage” to their daughter by allowing her to choose her own personal direction regarding her style and manner. In fact, I would argue that forbidding her from dressing like a boy would do far more emotional damage than going with the flow. Maybe she will grow out of it, or perhaps she will grow up and continue to emulate “boy” characteristics.

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What do you think about it? Would you allow your child to dress and act opposite of their gender? 


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Shiloh Jolie Pitt Cuts Her Hair

Heather Montgomery is a freelance writer with a background in Elementary Education and an almost embarrassing need to read celebrity gossip. As a work-at-home mom to three children, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She was married in 2003 and currently resides in Florida. ... More

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  1. erika says:

    Just be you……

  2. Aliyah says:

    Since when is it wrong for a girl to cut her hair short? Nothing is wrong with a girl wearing a t-shirt and jeans, it doesn’t make her parents “bad parents” all because they allow and accept her for just being herself.

  3. Suzanne says:

    Children should be allowed to feel safe in their own homes, to be able express themselves in whatever form of dress or hairstyle, as early as they choose. My youngest was alternating between dressing up, button down shirts and camo, since he was two, he has signed on with the Marines, and leaves in October, his choice. My middle son has always gravitated toward t-shirts and jeans, now a diesel mechanic. If Shiloh believes she is in the wrong body, all her family can do is love, protect, and support her as she navigates her life, the media should have little place in it, unless to help others in similar circumstance, if she wishes. To show she is not alone. Transgendered is a real issue, and children who live with this condition are not always in homes with parents as loving and supporting as Pitt and Jolie. Maybe after this they will be.

  4. Caitlyn says:

    Maybe she will grow out of it, but maybe she wont. Either way she will always know her parents love and accepts her for who she is, and she will take comfort in knowing they never tried to change her to make their very public lives easier.

  5. Peggy says:

    Since when does wearing jeans and t-shirts mean you are a boy? I see them in the girls dept. in every store i go in.This is only a topic of concern because of who her parents are. Why does it matter? As for the short hair there are many beautiful females with short hair.

  6. mom46 says:

    I think there are many more important things to worry about than what Shiloh wants to wear. Clothes do not make the person. Leave her alone and let her be who she wants to be and wear whatever she wants to wear, within reason of course. I cut my hair short, I wear jeans and t-shirts, and I believer millions of others do as well and no one’s talking about them.

  7. Teresa says:

    Children should be able to wear what they want as long as it isn’t disgusting or tasteless. I was a tomboy growing up and It didn’t affect me in any way. I like to wear dresses sometimes and jeans and t-shirts most of the time.

  8. Katharine A says:

    I’m glad they’re not trying to push Shiloh into a mould into which she does not wish to fit. It’s not even as if her hair is *that* short.

  9. When I was a kid I bounced from one look to another almost weekly. One week I wore baggy clothes the next I wanted to wear all pink then I would wear sports clothes. I went through a lot of phases. I think that’s part of growing up. Along yourchild to blossom is one thing. What I do not agree with is forcing your child to dress in any way whether it be gender specific or gender neutral or opposite gender.

  10. Diana says:

    My daughter was into Spider-Man for YEARS and has just recently outgrown that phase of wearing boy clothes since shoes and clothes aren’t really made for girls with that character. I’ve let her choose her clothes since she was old enough to dress herself and we have gone through many phases. I think allowing her to explore these, allows her and all other children to decide and figure out who they are as an individual. We may not always like or agree with it but when has trying to force kids to be a certain way turned out right

  11. Tara says:

    Bravo Robyn, my thoughts exactly. Glad to see others understand what a transgender person is about.

  12. Robyn says:

    I haven’t read all of the posts on here, but so far I don’t see any mention of the possibility that Shilo is transgendered – meaning that she may have a female body, but identifies as a male. This is not the same thing as being a tomboy or gay, it is when the chemicals and hormones in your body tell your brain you are a different sex than your body. Her parents are right to let her decide who she is. It’s unfortunate that in our society we are intolerant of and uncomfortable with someone who is not Male or Female. A lot of people brought up the harsh reality that our culture is even more intolerant to the point of cruelty when it is a boy who identifies as a girl. Why are we so offended and scared of the gray area of human biology!

  13. Layne says:

    I will let my child do whatever makes him or her comfortable.

  14. Saraid says:

    I think that she has brains.. i mean at least she isnt asking mom for short dresses that almost show your butt.. besides she is surrounded by boys so she just wants to fit in. If she isnt harming anybody why judge her.

  15. JessiLoveday says:

    When I was little, my favorite pass time in the summer was catching toads. All my jeans were torn, and my hair couldn’t stay long, because I would cut it myself if it was.

  16. JessiLoveday says:

    People don’t become homosexual. They are or they aren’t regardless of how they treated are as a child. But I do agree that up until a certain age the parents should decide what is or isn’t appropriate for their children to wear.

  17. nichole says:

    as long as my child doesnt harm anyone in what they choose to do, i try to let them, be them. including outlandish cloths and such. altho, i do have to say, while i let my daughters choose their own hair styles, when my 3 year old wanted to shave her head (because she HATES me brushing her hair, and just about anything else to do with it), i told her she had to wait till she was older. because while its just hair, i dont want them teased to the point of regretting their decision. so until theyre old enough to know what some kids might say about having a blad head, i wont let her do it… i would be dissapointed if my daughters wanted to go completly "boy" in what they wore and their hair and everything, but if its what they want, more power to them. how will they truely know themselves if they cant try things out like that?

  18. I also think what you are saying is true. We should dress that up as there geneder normaly does and as they get older and know more then they canc hoose what or how they wana dress or be.

  19. I think you are right i dont think they would do this if she were a boy wanting to dress like a girl. Well said.

  20. I was always a tomboy growing up with boy hair cut and boy cloths i grew up with all boys and lets face it boys get have to have and do way more fun things an soon as i hit middle school i became a wicked girly girl now today im back to the tshirt jeans thing im soon to be married to my loving boyfriend and he loves me just the way i am i think it is something all kids do

  21. HDS says:

    Would you be so quick to go along with it if it was your son who wanted to dress like a girl? I’m not worrying about "turning him gay," I’m worried about how the outside world will treat him. That could be an awfully hard life for a little boy. Girls dress like boys all the time – t-shirt, jeans, sneakers. Even as teenagers girls often wear their boyfriend’s sweatshirts or older brother’s cast-offs (or stolen favourites!) Nobody would think twice about it.

    But a boy wearing a dress/skirt or obviously female clothes – they bully kids who are different because they wear glasses. What do you think they’ll do to a boy who wears dresses?

  22. I am a girl. Just throwing that out there. I spent most of my childhood playing with my best friend on his farm and being a tomboy. We would swing from the rope swing in the hay loft onto the hay bales, ride horses, he took me four-wheeling and taught me how to drive his go cart, and hell we even when swimming in one of the fields when there had been enough rain to form a mini lake. Now I’m nearly 23 years old and still a tomboy. I love football and I scream at the TV like the refs can hear me, jeans and t-shirts are my best friends except during the summer (bring on the tanks an shorts) and I’d rather play tackle sports any day. But at the same time I love to dress up and wear makeup just like most girls do. My parents never forced me to chose one way or the other for how to dress I formed that on my own which is how all children should. All that happens when they are forced to dress a different way then how they want is hell on earth for the parents when they child finally does reach the age where they can pick their own clothes because suddenly the parent will see the child they formed into the one they wanted switch to a totally different person. Shilo is a beautiful girl who just happens to love dressing as a boy. That will not make her homosexual in anyway because it is not the fashion choices that make people love someone of the same sex or opposite sex. All children are beautiful and should be allowed to become the person they want to be. End of story!

  23. When I was born my teenage parents didn’t even have a girls name picked out because they wanted a girl and refused to have a boy. Here I came 100% girl! My Dad fell in love the second the nurse placed me in his arms and decided that they could at least raise me like a boy. So I was the biggest tomboy around. I played with cars and trucks and didn’t own or want a doll. I road scatebords and mini bikes and climbed trees and played football with the boys. I wore boys clothes and had all boy friends ecept for one close girl freind at a time. In high school I was still a tomboy, wore jeans and T-shirts, didn’t mess with my hair and never wore make-up. I didn’t date boys but had many guy freinds. I am now 42 and happilly married to my husband of 9 years. I have a 22 year old son from my first husband (we were 19) and have a beautiful baby boy with this marriage. I am in no way damaged or homosexual and if I were what would be the harm in that. Let the girl wear what she wants…She will always be Shilo no matter what.

    • jesster131 says:

      You have the most confusing comment on here. I wasn’t totally sure you were male or female. Parents didn’t have a girls name because they wanted a girl. Decided to raise you like a boy even though you are a girl? If they wanted a girl why raise you like a boy? I’m sorry did you set out to confuse when you wrote your comment.?

  24. zivagoldman says:

    I am almost 50 years old. I grew up surrounded by boys and I dressed and acted like them. Throughout high school, I looked like the average teenage boy, short hair and all and for the first time in my life, I was called a Lesbian. I knew I wasn’t but that didn’t matter. I have always preferred to dress in t-shirts and jeans. Somehow, my husband saw through the rough exterior and fell in love with a tom-boy. I do make an effort on occasion to dress like a girl when we go out, but for the most part, I still wear jeans and t-shirts and keep my hair very short. I certainly wasn’t going to change my personality and my life to please other people who don’t matter in my day to day life. I don’t think that allowing your children to wear clothes from the opposite sex determines their sexual orientation! Nicola, that means your brother did not become a gay man because he played with dolls! If, per chance, Shiloh does grow up to become a lesbian, then so be it. There are more troubling things in life we need to worry about beside the fact that some movie star’s child loves someone from the same sex!

  25. Nicola says:

    It ‘s hard to say if you allow your children to take on the the roles of the opposite sex what can happen but I will stress from experience that my brother who is now 49 years of that he turned out to be a homosexual that he was allowed to play with dolls, he was not treated like a boy should have been, etc. So I believe that parents need to at a early age that is if they don’t mind if their child becomes gay in the future, give them the opportunity to choose when they are old enough to make such a choice. I am a tom boy and I need to watch what I wear at times because it isn’t the message I would like to send. Girls need to be dressed as girls should be and boys the same…give the children a good start and in time when they are old enough to know what they desire, go from there…

    • Krystal says:

      My brother played with dolls too. Didn’t make him gay. Also raised two fine young girls, myself & my sister. Nothing wrong with either of us. He taught us how to fight, we played with cars, blocks, dolls, stuffed toy, video games, whetever. Never did anyone harm. Also at day care all the boys played with dolls in addition to everything else. Wasn’t forced on them, they wanted a turn at being mommy when we played house. Last I checked my highschool wasn’t all gay as a result.

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