Hollywood actress Charlize Theron has gotten a lot of attention recently when she says that she’d “appreciate” if people would start referring to her child by the right pronouns. Her child, now seven, was born as a boy but identifies as a girl. Therefore, pronounces such as “him” and “his” are not appropriate.
Theron adopted a son several years ago, not realizing that it would turn out to be an adopted daughter.
She had an interview with Pride Source recently to identify that the path to transgenderism is a very new territory for the entire family. One of the questions the actress was asked during the interview is whether Jackson, her daughter, impacted the decision she makes on characters she will play on television and in movies. Theron said that it’s not something she has had to consider as of yet. She reiterated that it’s still very new and she doesn’t know if it necessarily will impact her decision to play different roles.
Theron is more concerned with people respecting Jackson and her experience as a transgender child, particularly in the Hollywood spotlight. Theron explains that it is her daughter’s story to tell. She feels that, as her mother, it’s important to “use the right pronouns” for her.
Jackson was adopted in 2012. Theron identified that it has bothered her that as Jackson got older, people would still refer to her as a boy and use male pronouns. She said that it was harder because people would write about her in the Hollywood spotlight and use the wrong pronouns. The actors pointed out that it would hurt her daughter’s feelings and she continues to point out the issues to the press.
According to Charlize Theron, Jackson knew at an early age that she was not a boy. Theron said that she thought the child was a boy, initially, too. However, at the age of three, Theron said that Jackson told her, “I am not a boy.”
Although Theron didn’t go into any details, most people don’t simply accept a comment like that from a child so young. Usually, there are questions about why they feel that way. Often, there is a correction from the parent to explain that they aren’t a boy. However, it appears that Theron simply accepted a three-year-old explaining that they aren’t a boy.
As such, they have made the transition so that Jackson is being raised as a daughter to Theron instead of a son. The media, too, is expected to take notice so that they don’t reference Theron’s son, Jackson. Instead, Theron would appreciate it if they refer to Jackson as Theron’s daughter. Otherwise, it’s going to hurt Jackson’s feelings.
The issue with pronouns has been a problem, in general. It’s becoming difficult for people to know what is and is not acceptable. If someone was born as a male and identifies as a woman, it’s polite to use female pronouns. If someone was born a female and identifies as a man, it’s polite to use male pronouns.
Most feel that, when you’re not sure, it’s acceptable to use “they” and “them.” However, there are also those in the transgender communities who believe “they” and “them” are offensive. It’s essentially a lose-lose for anyone who isn’t within the community so that they open themselves to a situation where they will be scorned no matter what they say.
With Charlize Theron’s daughter only being seven years old, there are still many years ahead before the discussion of gender reassignment and hormone blockers. Typically, children have to go through psychiatric evaluations before being able to go through surgeries or receive hormone blockers to ensure that they truly have gender dysphoria or if there is some other mental issue going on.
Theron has not identified whether Jackson has gone through any of this as of yet to determine whether it is a phase or if this is a new lifestyle choice that she is going to support for the rest of the child’s life.
Ultimately, it becomes a guessing game for many to determine which pronouns should be used. With regard to Charlize Theron, she has made it abundantly clear that she’s raising a daughter by the name of Jackson and not a son. That means that she expects the press to take note so that they don’t continue to make the mistakes when printing stories about her. In the meantime, she should probably prepare her daughter for the fact that people are going to use the wrong pronouns from time to time.