Zoe Saldaña encourages her three sons to “celebrate” their “womanhood.”
The Avatar actress, 45, has twins Cy and Bowie, eight, and Zen, six, with artist husband Marco Perego-Saldaña, 44, and says they are raising their children to “respect themselves” as well as their “femininity.” “.
She told People magazine about her desire to challenge gender norms when it comes to teaching her children about life: “We’re very tough on our boys, just as tough on the women.
“And boys are encouraged to be strong and suppress their emotions. And then, once you learn to do it so much and for so long, you become completely disconnected from your feelings.
“We definitely understood the challenge and accepted it, knowing that we were raising boys at a time when women’s movements are so important.”
Zoe and Marco celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary earlier this year, and she added that they are trying to set an example when it comes to raising a family.
She said: “We are here to set a very big tone for them in life: how to be, how to react, how to regulate, how to correct, how to heal, how to stand up for yourself.
“So they will constantly copy your actions, knowing that you are constantly being watched.
“It definitely makes you a lot more alert than you’ve ever been in your entire life.”
The Guardians of the Galaxy actress also recently showed off her husband’s face tattoo and previously spoke about her desire to start a gender-inclusive family.
In an interview with People magazine in 2018, she said: “When you look at parenting, matriarchy and patriarchy, daddy’s girls and mama’s boys, my husband and I find it completely ridiculous and absolutely harmful to raising a child.
“You’re giving them a very distorted and limited idea of what a woman’s role in a family should be and what a man’s role should be.
“During certain seasons, I can take over all the housework so my husband can take a mental break and focus on his creativity.
“And other seasons, when I’m fully back into work mode, we switch off.”