Channing Tatum Wrote an Empowering Essay About the Kind of Woman He Hopes His Daughter Will Be
"I don’t want her looking to the outside world for answers," Tatum wrote in an essay for Cosmo. "My highest hope for her is just that she has the fearlessness to always be her authentic self, no matter what she thinks men want her to be."
The inspiration for this advice came from his wife, Jenna Dewan Tatum. Rather than wait on him to decide where he wanted their relationship to go, she told him what she wanted. "She had no idea what I’d say or how I’d react, but that was her truth. I remember feeling this incredible rush—it was the sexiest thing she’d ever done for me," he wrote. "That radical authenticity of hers was what made me fall head over heels in love. Before I experienced it, I wouldn’t have known how to ask for it. Now I know it’s what I was always craving. And that’s what I want for my daughter—to be expectation-less with her love and not allow preconceived standards to affect her, to ask herself what she wants and feel empowered enough to act on it."
Gender roles may have traditionally kept women from initiating relationships, Tatum pointed out, but he sees this changing—and is trying to be a part of that change. The "Magic Mike" movies and their accompanying live show, after all, are about embracing women's desires.
"I guess if there’s one thing that I think men wish women knew, it’s just that they alone are enough," he wrote. "When more women start to truly feel this power in themselves, the world will become so magical, it makes my head hurt."
This isn't the first time Tatum has spoken out about gender equality. He's also advocated for better communication about sex and an end to rape culture. His wife, too, has called on women to stop trying to please their partners in bed and worry about themselves. With both of them as parents, we're sure Everly will grow up to be a total powerhouse.
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