Channing Tatum’s letter to his daughter is feminism in action
To celebrate the premiere of his new Las Vegas show, Magic Mike Live, Cosmopolitan asked Channing Tatum to pen a letter to their readers. Tatum chose to write a letter to his daughter, in which he expresses how he doesn’t want her to look for answers in the outside world concerning sexuality, relationships, and the roles of women and men in a partnership.
While writing, Tatum tried to picture Everly learning about these things from outside resources as she grew older. But he realized that he truly wants Everly to be her authentic self and disregard what society tells her she should be. This sentiment is truly feminism in action.
"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 credits his wife Jenna Dewan Tatum for making him see what true authenticity looks like. In fact, it was Jenna’s blatancy that made him fall in love with her in the first place. Tatum wrote,
"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 — it was the sexiest thing she’d ever done for me."
His one wish is for Everly to recognize that she is powerful just the way she is. She doesn’t have to play a role or try to fit into a category in order to feel like she’s something special. She’s special in her own right and Tatum wants her to feel comfortable in her own skin.
Dad, you’re doing great! With that kind of feminist education, Everly will grow up to be a strong woman who isn’t afraid to live her truth.