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Shiloh Jolie-Pitt: Tomboy at Heart?

Is Shiloh Jolie Pitt a tomboySince Shiloh Jolie-Pitt was photographed wearing boys’ swim trunks, it’s set off a firestorm of blog entries and comments about whether allowing a 4 year old to be a tomboy is acceptable or not.

Maybe Shiloh Jolie-Pitt is a tomboy at heart… but the bigger question here is why is some creepy photographer hiding out in the bushes to capture Shiloh in swim trunks? And why do some people feel intent on bashing Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt for Shiloh’s choice in haircut and boys’ clothing?

I like that Angelina and Brad are allowing Shiloh to dress how she likes. What does it matter that she’s wearing boys’ swim trunks or likes to wear her hair short? Does that mean she is gender confused? It’s sad that our society has decided what’s clearly for boys and what’s for girls… is it wrong for little boys to play with dolls? Or girls to wear boys’ clothing? Of course not.

What gives with the gender roles? Why are people so quick to poo-poo the notion that little girls can dress like boys or play with boy’s toys? I remember playing with my brother’s Hot Wheels cars as a kid far more than I ever liked playing with Barbie. And I can proudly say my own daughter has followed the same model, scoffing at baby dolls and instead playing with more traditional “boy” items.

Maybe Shiloh’s tomboy style is just a phase – or maybe it’s not. Shiloh looks like she’s having a great time in the swim trunk picture. Does it matter if she’s wearing trunks or a full on princess outfit? No. Let the kid be a kid. She’s having fun. At the end of the day, isn’t that really the most important thing? And most of all, get the paparazzi out of there and give this family some privacy. I understand that celebrity photos are in hot demand, but there should be laws against snapping pics of kids.

Let us know what you think of Shiloh Jolie Pitt’s tomboy style. Do you think it’s acceptable to let a girl dress in boys’ clothing?

By the way, here’s what Angelina Jolie told Reuters about Shiloh’s hair and clothing choices: “I think she is fascinating, the choices she is making. And I would never be the kind of parent to force somebody to be something they are not. I think that is just bad parenting.”

Jolie added, “Children should be allowed to express themselves in whatever way they wish without anybody judging them because it is an important part of their growth. Society always has something to learn when it comes to the way we judge each other, label each other. We have far to go.”

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