Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Shiloh Jolie-Pitt: transgender or victim of the media?

Posted By on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 10:08 AM

click to enlarge Is Shiloh Jolie-Pitt transgender?

Everyone remembers Shiloh Jolie-Pitt's christening, right?

King Pitt and Queen Jolie assembled a royal ball, a celebration for all in the land. Celebrities came from 'round the globe, offering blessings and gifts -- but just before one of the three good fairies (was it Nathan Lane?) could bestow his blessing, a dark cloud appeared. It was Jennifer Aniston, horrified that her invitation had been lost in the mail.

She cursed the princess with death -- a death brought on by touching a spinning wheel's spindle before the sun would set on her sixteenth birthday. Thankfully the good fairy was at least able to lighten the curse, perhaps with song and dance, and the prick of the spindle would only cause the princess to fall into a deep sleep until awakened by true love's kiss.

Or maybe that was Sleeping Beauty.

Either way, the first-born daughter of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt was never destined to lead a normal life. Would the sheer attractiveness of Pitt and Jolie cancel itself out, or would she become the next Queen of Hollywood? (Insert Megan Fox's contempt.)

As it turns out, their first-born was cute -- and while not as heavily scrutinized as the daughter of Chris Klein and Katie Holmes, loved by the media.

But now? Now the media is assuring the world that the child is transgender, based upon magazine cover$ like the one above, the three-year-old's affinity for "boy" clothing and a few conveniently-chopped quotes from Angelina's new Vanity Fair interview. "She likes to dress like a boy," Jolie told the magazine. "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."

The quote in its entirety, however, doesn't quite lend itself to Angelina declaring her young daughter to be transgender. "Shiloh dresses like a little dude. Shiloh, we feel, has Montenegro style. It's how people dress there. She likes tracksuits," it begins, leading futher into how her daughter likes to dress like a boy, seen above. She then discusses traits about her other children, and even discusses her relationship with Pitt.

Sounds like a normal toddler to me. When I was her age, maybe a year or two older, I would wear my stepfather's biker boots and chain-link belt.

I'm neither a biker or a bear. (Though I do need to shave.)

So what do YOU think? Is the media spinning Angelina's words to sell covers or has Jolie declared her three-year-old daughter to be transgender? And does it even matter? Why are we so ready to label? To assign gender identity?

Aniston couldn't be reached for comment.

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