"This whole clickbait tactic of saying I'm raising my daughter to be 'genderless' is silly," she says.
Kate Hudson wants to make sure her words don't get misconstrued.
Earlier this week, the mother of three made headlines for telling AOL she wanted to raise her new daughter, Rani Rose Hudson Fujikawa, with a "genderless approach." Several media outlets picked up the story and ran with the word "genderless," which Hudson felt was "silly" because it "doesn't even make sense."
"Recently, someone asked me something along the lines of, if having and raising a girl is different from boys," the actress shared on Instagram Monday evening. "My response was simple: Not really. This whole clickbait tactic of saying I'm raising my daughter to be 'genderless' is silly and frankly doesn't even make sense."
"I raise and will continue to raise my children -- both my boys and girl -- to feel free to be exactly who they want to be, to feel confident in their life choices and feel loved and supported no matter what," she continued. "Me saying a 'genderless approach' was a way of refocusing the conversation in a direction that could exist outside of the female stereotype. It just felt a little antiquated to me. Not all girls want to be princesses. Some want to be king! And that's fine by me."
"I recognize some want to take the headline earnestly, as if I have some new-age method of raising my kids, and I hate disappointing people, but I don't," Hudson added. "I just try to raise my kids to be good people with the best tools to face this big, crazy world. And if they grow up and 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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During the interview in question, AOL asked the actress, "Does having a baby girl make you do anything differently or change your approach at all?"
Hudson replied, "It 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]. 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," she continued. "It's very different from the boys, and it's really fun to actually want to buy kids' clothes. With the boys, it was just like onesies ... actually, I did pretty good with the boys. But with her, it's a whole other ball game. There's some stuff that I'm like, 'I can't do that to her because it's so over the top."