As with any young starlet, Meghan Fox has her fair share of uncomplimentary rumors and harsh criticism. She’s not the type to act coy and sweet for the camera. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying she’s “all-that.” Frankly, I don’t know her personally, and, until recently, I didn’t care much for her acting. But the moment I laid eyes on a few candid photos of Fox and her sons, my attitude is changed!
Often we forget that celebrities are people, too. It sounds awful, but it’s true. You compare them to their red carpet looks when they’re out on an off day. We are expecting them to be like the people they play on T.V., in movies, on stage, etc. They do it so well that, people forget to differentiate the person from the character. It’s the sad truth of being in the limelight.
Then there are the moments when those differences become part of our appreciation. It only takes one bold show of their character and we forget who they were in that blockbuster or that music video.
In Fox’s case, her unspoken statement could not be clearer or more awe-inspiring.
This picture doesn’t speak a thousand words. It’s somewhere closer to a million. It’s the much-needed balm to our aching hearts during a very stressful time.
It may seem simple enough. A mom out with her kid- he’s wearing what he wants and she doesn’t appear to mind in the slightest, right?
It is a big deal. In a world where gender stereotypes and expectations are near-impossible, I escape, Fox gives her sons the freedom to express themselves.
Gender role expectations are a relatively well-known concept. Except, not, at the same time. We know they exist. Some of us speak out and act out against them. Still, there are the persistent foundations of social norms that are hard to shake.
What’s more, now when people choose not to conform to these expectations, they’re out into a category of “other”. Begrudgingly accepted (though not by everyone) but still kept at a distance.
Well, Fox isn’t having it.
She isn’t the first celebrity to publicly allow her children the freedom to express themselves however they smile. Brad and Angelina Jolie are two advocates for safe and free expression from their children .
It’s this type of publicity that not only adds dimensions and a “self” to the celebs, but it also normalizes and even glamorizes something that is normally frowned upon.
Megan Fox deserves a big pay on the back for showing people how it’s done.