Megan Fox rarely shares pictures of her children. But she broke with tradition earlier this week by posting some never-seen-before snapshots of her three sons.
And the photos have caused a bit of a stir.
Why? Because, shock horror, one of her little boys is wearing a dress.
Taking to Instagram on Monday, the ‘New Girl’ actress shared an adorable collage featuring herself, her partner Brian Austin Green and their sons – Noah Shannon Green, 4, Bodhi Ransom Green, 3 and Journey River Green, 1.
The snaps feature a selfie of the actress, as well as Bodhi sporting a red moustache, Journey being carried by his dad, and in one of the shots Noah is seen wearing a dress, featuring Princess Elsa from the animated movie ‘Frozen’.
Megan shared the cute collage with her 4.4 million fans on Instagram and the post has already garnered more than 151,000 likes and hundreds of comments.
But despite it being 2017, the image of Noah wearing a dress seems to have sparked a bit of a debate with some complaining that Megan shouldn’t have allowed her son to wear a dress.
“Another Hollywood weirdo mom… so disgusting you allow your son to wear princess dresses,” one user wrote.
“She definitely is determining that they be girly with those dresses and haircuts, kids don’t decide they want long hair,” another commented.
Thankfully though people were quick to step in and point out that there was nothing wrong with a little boy wanting to wear a dress.
“It’s 2017, let the boy live. If he wants to wear an Elsa costume then so be it,” one user commented.
“The fact that people are complaining about Noah wearing a dress is so disgusting. He’s a CHILD!! He’s just playing. Stop forcing stereotypes onto everyone,” another added.
“Don’t listen to those haters,” another fan added. “You let your boys be who they want to be. Your boys seem really happy to be able to be themselves instead of being forced to fit into archaic gender roles. Children see toys as just toys. They don’t care if it’s for boys or for girl. It is their narrow-minded parents who brainwash them into thinking that certain toys are for girls and certain toys are for boys and that they should only play with the toys that are for their gender.”
Other fans praised the actress for doing her bit to break down out-dated gender-stereotypes.
“She has said many times that she doesn’t put gender roles on her kids and let’s them do/wear what they want,” one fan wrote. “He’s simply playing dress up, like all kids do. And long hair doesn’t belong to girls. There’s nothing wrong with it.”
And the Foxs aren’t the only ones to encourage their little boys to dress up in whichever outfit they choose.
Last week, Ray Donovan star Liv Schreiber took his young sons to Comic-Con, both in costume. And while his oldest son, 9-year-old Sasha, went dressed as a Jedi, his youngest, 8-year-old Kai, decided to channel the unfettered persona of Harley Quinn.
And the Internet was quick to offer their praise for the dad.
“Liev Schreiber is an awesome dad for this!” wrote one Twitter user, which was followed with a chorus of agreement.
“1) he looks amazing. Costume on point. My edges are snatched. 2) this is what good parenting looks like,” added another.
Obviously there was the token objections.
“Cosplaying as a female character is ONE thing. Wearing a slutty outfit of a movie character that isn’t age appropriate is ANOTHER thing!” tweeted one man.
Earlier this year we shared the story of mum and photographer, Crystal Kells, who created a stunning photo series of her 5-year-old son wearing dresses in the hope of inspiring other parents to overlook gender stereotypes and accept their children for who they are.
Crystal is part of a growing movement trying to encourage boys and girls to overlook traditional gender stereotypes when it comes to the way they dress.
Though barriers are clearly beginning to come down judging by the discussion that still arises every time a child of a celebrity engages in less gender-specific dress up, there’s still a way to go before we break them down completely.
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