Hands Off Shiloh!

Thanks to Iron Chic for calling my attention to this ridiculous cover story in Life & Style Weekly, my illustrious former employer. While the magazine is known for its fair and balanced, ahem, reporting, this story about Brad and Angie‘s kid is shameful drivel of the first order.

First of all, I love Shiloh.   In her first published photo, she looks just like Tweety Pie, and I love Tweety Pie. I also love babies (unless they’re the really fat ones with the big bald Aryan looking heads.) Shiloh is just the epitome of cuteness. I love everything about her. I’m practically lactating just thinking about her!

I can see that she has a short haircut, but I’m not sure this makes her a lesbian or a man trapped in a woman’s body. I think Brad and Angie should sue the shit out of Life & Style for casting aspersions upon this innocent child and for fostering stupid stereotypes about gender behavior. GLAAD is pissed off by this story, and rightly so.

If you’ve ever been around little kids, you know they love to play dress up. Little boys are especially attracted to feather boas and high heels. They are trying out identities and their freedom to do this without being subject to criticism and shame is already pretty limited.   I’m glad to hear that Shiloh wants to be a pirate, but I’m aware that every word I read in the gossip magazines is a lie, including “and” and “the.”

Fuckers! I’m here for you, Shiloh. I like to wear boys’ clothes, too.

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30 Responses to Hands Off Shiloh!

  1. Dru says:

    I get it, tabloids have no restraint when it comes to Shiloh’s parents, but must they really pick on toddlers now? (and pick on the toddler’s famous parents via criticism of their child’s clothing choices?)

    And I sometimes like to wear boys’ clothes too.

  2. Faux Fuchsia says:

    I think Shiloh looks gorgeous in both photos. That kid is so pretty she can rock any look.

    Meanwhile what did you do at this magazine Sister Wolf? Why did you leave?

    Amanda Harlech sends her love x

  3. A truly revolting story. Poor Shiloh. My 9 year old son would sympathize. Despite his preferred attire of cargo pants and monster t-shirts, he sometimes gets mistaken for a girl because of his long-ish hair.

  4. Jules says:

    My little boy loves to walk around in my leopard print flats. He also likes it when I paint his toenails. I don’t give a shit. He’s two. And if he still likes to do that when he’s ten and twenty, I won’t give a shit then either. Stupid tabloids need to get some real stories and leave the kids alone.

  5. that’s my hair cut till i was ten. My dad does it cos am not the kind of girl that wears bows and girly headband.

    oh tabloid. They just wanna sell copies.

  6. There’s nothing wrong with the androgynous look and Shiloh looks fantastic – so much cooler than Suri Cruise.

  7. deja pseu says:

    As someone who went through childhood with very short hair (because my mother didn’t want to deal with tangles, combing) I say WTF? Lots of little girls have short hair and wear androgynous clothing and they’re CUTE. I recall wanting to dress like a cowboy for several months straight at that age. And if they decide to keep wearing men’s clothing, so what? So lay the fuck off Shiloh, you tabloid hacks!

  8. Cricket9 says:

    I had long hair (a braid that I could sit on); I absolutely hated wearing dresses and anything pink. So what? Stupid morons indeed…

  9. Completely spot on – what is this social gender of girls? It is ridiculous. I had numerous haircuts and I was a complete tomboy. Being a pirate was my dream too. I climbed trees, played football, rugby and cricket, oh and was a pirate leader of course. You are right petit garcon loves to do as he pleases and that includes nail varnish.

    You are so sweet about kids and yes she is very cute. Send Life and Style a copy of Judith Butler’s ‘Gender Trouble’

  10. Iron Chic says:

    Shiloh does look like Tweety Bird!
    I would not wear a dress until I was 14…I remember having my mom take me to the mall so I could buy a floral grunge dress from Le Chateau.
    She was shocked! My parents didn’t give a fuck how I dressed when I was little. They were really good at not reinforcing gender stereotypes on me and my brother. We both cut the lawn, did the dishes etc. How freaky is it going to be for Shiloh to see those magazine covers when she is older?

  11. Suebob says:

    I love the scene in Monty Python’s “The Meaning of Life” when the mother gives birth and asks the doctor “Is it a boy or a girl?” and he snaps “Madam, don’t you think it is a bit early to impose gender roles on your child?”

  12. Juri says:

    Ha! This reminds me of the fact that I would play with barbie dolls as a child. I spent most of my summers at my grandparents’ place with my two female cousins. Obviously they were in the majority on decisions about what to play. That’s probably why I became so good with women haha.

    Ah, one of my most cherished childhood memories is my father mumbling his anxious protests to other grown ups, while my cousins and I are busy with barbies and the doll house. I think I’ll indulge in that happy childhood flashback for a while.

  13. patni says:

    I would love to be a pirate. There were plenty of lady pirates.
    And tabloids lay off the fucking children. Life is hard enough with magazines calling you gay when you are three. That is ridiculous, no ones business and just flat out mean.

  14. dust says:

    There is no real scandal any more? Ok, in a lack of better news lets make a drag out of a child, show must go on…

    For me gender was a second issue, all I wanted is to be black and curly.

    Anyway, emancipation didn’t really settle well, the other day Carla the Queen of France wore NO BRA!!!!!!!!! They didn’t state if she burned it or….

  15. Sil says:

    Ok. That sort of press is the same shit worldwide. Now I don´t feel so ashamed about our national sport, gossip. When I was a little girl I hated skirts and dresses so much… My friends were mostly boys, so skirts were unconfortable and mummy had no chance to dress me in pink. Still hate pink. Do they really have nothing better to write about than a 3-year-old? And why do they blame Angelina? The girl has a father…

  16. gretchen says:

    then again, maybe mom thought this was one of the other children when she dressed her (not that she doesn’t look cute as a button) …or she’s being ‘thrifty’ and handing down clothing- from some designer of course …

  17. Louise says:

    Ahahahahahaha what total shit, its just amazing that after years of everyone normal avoiding enforced and stereotypical gender roles that short hair and a collar makes her A BOY, and Angie some kind of sinister gender freaker.

  18. alittlelux says:

    found quotes from the article on dlisted.com (http://dlisted.com/node/36309):

    Alana Kelen, senior fashion stylist at VH1: “Shiloh is pushing the boundaries of a tomboy look and crossing over to cross-dresser territory.”

    Gili Rashal-Niv, celebrity stylist: “I get that times are tough but does Angie really need to have Shiloh sharing clothes with her brothers? Hopefully we won’t be seeing Maddox in one of Shiloh’s dresses any time soon.”

    Glenn Stanton, director of Family Formation Studies at the conservative organization Focus on the Family: “They need help, they need guidance of what that looks like. It’s important to teach our children that gender distinction is very healthy.”

    Karen Deerwester, parenting coach: “Giving preschool-age children the freedom and flexibility to experiment with how they want to be seen in the world is a wonderful gift.”

    Can we nominate glenn stanton for cunt of the week? Pretty please.

  19. Mark says:

    I second the nomination of Glenn Stanton for Cunt of the Week!

  20. Jess says:

    Thanks for drawing attention to this. Truly ludicrious.

  21. TheShoeGirl says:


    hahaha. Cow.

  22. Cricket9 says:

    WTF?! Are these people completely insane? Shiloh is crossing boundaries? Whose boundaries would they be? Just for the record – if Maddox wants to wear a dress, a muumuu or his mom’s high heels, good for him, and who gives a shit? I second the nomination of Glenn Stanton; the two “stylists” can have a vice-cunt title.
    Regarding “Focus on the Family”: why is it that in the US most organizations with “Family” in their name are full of cunts (with exception of Family Planning people)?

  23. How can people project these learned societal ideas of gender onto small children? Little kids don’t know or even care about this stuff until they’re taught to! When I was a little girl I hated the color pink as well as all things frilly and lacey. My preferred attire consisted of whatever allowed me the most mobility with the least discomfort, i.e. leggings and a t-shirt. And I had short hair.

    Seriously, is there no low these magazines won’t stoop to? It’s almost like they try to be repulsive.

  24. Cybill says:

    This is just wrong – it is too much to hope that people will boycott the magazine for this article. One of the people quoted in the article is furious because they were misquoted http://www.babble.com.au/2010/03/06/shiloh-as-cross-dresser-stylist-misquoted-and-is-speaks%C2%A0out/
    Ideally we should just have a media black-out on this family, is there anything about them we don’t know?

  25. Simone says:

    Did you know that this tweetie pie link contains the following? “Originally pink, Tweety was changed to yellow, after censors complained.” I don’t get think I get it.

  26. Cricket9 says:

    So it seems that Alana Kelen was misquoted; I shall withdraw her nomination for a “vice-cunt” of the week…

  27. reddoorread says:

    ZOMG she does look like tweety bird!

  28. HelOnWheels says:

    That’s a third for Glenn Stanton for C.O.W. Why must the world keep confirming our slide toward Idiocracy?

  29. RedHeadFashionista says:

    So what, they’d rather she turned her into a tiny hooker a la Noah Cyrus?
    And if she bucks what’s accepted now, imagine what a trendsetter she’ll be when she grows up!

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