She doesn't want her kids to be limited by cis-heteronormative gender roles and attitudes.
“I was in a school and the bathroom outside the kindergarten said: ‘Gender Neutral — anybody’, and it was a drawing of many different shapes. I took a picture of it and I wrote: ‘Progress.’ I thought that was awesome. I love that kids are having this conversation.”
As she accepted an award at the 2017 VMAs, P!nk used the platform to tell a story about when her daughter said she was the ugliest girl in school. In response, the music star made a PowerPoint presentation for her daughter, as one does.
“And in that presentation were androgynous rockstars and artists that live their truth, are probably made fun of every day of their life, and carry on, wave their flag and inspire the rest of us. And these are artists like Michael Jackson and David Bowie and Freddie Mercury and Annie Lennox and Prince and Janis Joplin and George Michael, Elton John, so many artists — her eyes glazed over.”
“But then I said, ‘You know, I really want to know why you feel this way about yourself.’ And she said, ‘Well I look like a boy…’”
"...I said, ‘Well what do you think I look like?’ And she said, ‘Well you’re beautiful.’"
“And I was like, ‘Well, thanks. But when people make fun of me, that’s what they use. They say I look like a boy or I’m too masculine or I have too many opinions, my body is too strong.’”
"And I said to her, ‘Do you see me growing my hair?’ She said, ‘No, mama.’"
“I said, ‘Do you see me changing my body?’ ‘No, mama.’ ‘Do you see me changing the way I present myself to the world?’ ‘No, mama.’ ‘Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?’ ‘Yes, Mama.’”
"‘OK! So, baby girl. We don’t change."
“We take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl. And we help other people to change so they can see more kinds of beauty.’”
Damn. P!nk is undeniably a badass in every way, and her kids have an incredibly strong role model as they grow up into whoever they are. They can feel confident that their mom will support and accept them all along the way.