Channing Tatum is receiving widespread praise for the open letter he recently wrote for his daughter in the June 2017 edition of Cosmo.
Although Tatum’s daughter is only three, he’s already thinking about how she’s going to perceive the world.
In his letter to Cosmo, published online Tuesday, he writes, “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.”
He reflects on when he first met his wife, Jenna Dewan Tatum, and says he remembers the exact moment he fell in love with her.
“I thought about when I first met Jenna. I knew our connection was really powerful, but I wasn’t sure what our relationship was going to be,” he writes. “Then one day, Jenna just blurted out that she knew exactly what she wanted in life and she didn’t have to look for it anymore because it was me. She had no idea what I’d say or how I’d react, but that was her truth. I remember feeling this incredible rush…That radical authenticity of hers was what made me fall head over heels in love.”
Tatum then ties in some related advice for his daughter. He says that before experiencing that moment with Jenna, he never would have known how to put into words what it was he was looking for.
He writes, “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.”
Tatum finishes his letter by talking about gender roles and the empowerment of women.
“We live in a society that has trained men and women to play certain kinds of roles for a long time, and the beauty of this amazing moment we’re living in is that we’re finally starting to break free from those roles,” he writes.
“Women, especially, are realizing that they no longer have to conform to certain standards of social and sexual behavior, and this changes what they need from men and the role of men in general.”