Why gender stereotypes are a no-go zone at Beyoncé's house

She may not be referring to her brood as "theybies" but Queen Bey joins a long list of celeb parents who have decided to raise their children gender-neutral. 

In an interview with Vogue last year, the megastar opened up about motherhood, revealing that her sincerest wish for her children is that they grow up empowered and free to be themselves, and she's starting with the simplest way young ones experience stereotypes: their gender. 

"As the mother of two girls, it’s important to me... that they see themselves as CEOs, as bosses, and that they know they can write the script for their own lives – that they can speak their minds and they have no ceiling. They don’t have to be a certain type or fit into a specific category," she told the magazine. 

When it comes to her son, Rumi, the mom of three has no double standards, sharing that she wants her baby boy to be comfortable with being sensitive and caring. 

"I want him to know that he can be strong and brave but that he can also be sensitive and kind. I want my son to have a high emotional IQ where he is free to be caring, truthful, and honest.

"I want to create better representations for him so he is allowed to reach his full potential as a man, and to teach him that the real magic he possesses in the world is the power to affirm his own existence." 


Also see: Would you choose a gender-neutral X on your baby's birth certificate? 

Is gender neutral parenting something you've embraced or do you think children need to be aware of their gender from a young age? Share your opinion with us and we could publish your letter. Do let us know if you'd like to stay anonymous.  


Swagger like us 

The Carters aren't the only celeb parents who have chosen to keep gender stereotypes out of their home. Here's a look at other famous moms and dads raising theybies: 

Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego-Saldana

"I get to do a lot of male things, which is, I don't know, put a TV together, fix things that break. We're sort of a very gender fluid household. I think it's important to raise boys in that environment and girls as well." – Zoe Saldana 


Her husband has taken her name, so it's no surprise that the Saldanas have opted to keep things gender-neutral. The Guardians of the Galaxy star is mom to three boys: twins, Cy and Bowie, and Zen.


Also see: Boys can have long hair too, and other truths for trolls

Megan Fox

"If a boy loves princesses and a girl loves baseball, that's not indicative of their sexuality... It's indicative of their communication and creative expression... It’s our job to love and nurture the child as they are so they can thrive as adults." – Megan Fox

The Transformers actress has never been shy about voicing her opinion and true to form has been vocal about why gender-neutral parenting is important to her. The actress is mom to sons Noah, Bodhi and Journey, and stepmom to Brian's son, Kassius. 

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith

“We encourage our kids to experiment and seek who they are more than who we want them to be.” – Will Smith 


Officially the coolest parents, ever! As far as creative families go, Will and Jada's flock are pretty up there. The celeb parents have always been vocal about making sure their children reach for their dreams, no matter how unorthodox they may be. The power couple are parents to Trey, Jaden and Willow. 

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Is gender neutral parenting something you've embraced or do you think children need to be aware of their gender from a young age? Share your opinion with us and we could publish your letter. Do let us know if you'd like to stay anonymous.  

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