Cis people: Can they read? The Kate Hudson/genderless baby news cycle has me worried.
In an interview with AOL from last week, Hudson talks about raising her three kids -- newborn daughter Rani Rose, and older sons Ryder and Bingham -- and describes how having a baby girl has changed her approach to parenting.
"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. It's very different from the boys," said Hudson.
Cut to this week, and we've got Good Morning America running a story online and in their daily TV broadcast declaring that "Kate Hudson says she's raising her first daughter 'genderless,'" which ... she didn't, and People also claiming that "Kate Hudson isn't putting any gender labels on little Rani Rose," which isn't true or reflective of what Hudson actually said about her daughter in her interview with AOL.
It might sound nitpicky to belabor the syntactical difference between "Kate Hudson is raising her daughter with a genderless approach" and "Kate Hudson is raising her daughter to be genderless," but I'm a Virgo and it's a fine nit to pick, regardless. What Kate Hudson said is that she's raising her daughter, who has a gendered label, without adhering to any sex-based expectations of how she should act, how she should talk, what kind of clothes she should wear, or toys she should play with.
What she didn't say is that she's raising her daughter to be genderless, which is a very real thing, but not what it sounds like Kate Hudson's doing. If she were raising her daughter to be genderless, she probably wouldn't keep calling Rani her "daughter" or refer to her with she/her pronouns throughout the AOL interview, all of which are extremely gendered labels and immediately call into question the veracity of any lazily aggregated story about how "Kate Hudson is raising her daughter to be genderless." But cis people can't read, so here we are. It's almost Friday!