Megan Fox on Feminism, Challenging Patriarchy and Teaching Her Kids About Inclusion

Megan Fox pulls out all the stops in one of her most candid interviews yet.

For the latest cover story of Glamor UKFox touches on everything from her unconventional parenting style and challenging the Hollywood patriarchy to the “psychological breakdown” she experienced after years of fame-induced trauma.

Fox, who shares her three sons — Noah, 9; Bodhi, 8; and Journey, 5 – with ex Brian Austin Green, has spoken openly about the criticism she has received for letting her oldest dresses wear. But, as she explained to Glamor UKthat’s other people’s problem and not hers.

“I have no control over how other people react to my children,” she said. “I can’t control the things that other kids – they go to school with – have learned and then repeat them. That’s why I don’t really put my kids on Instagram or social media. I am so proud of my children.”

Megan Fox talks about her life as a mother, feminist and activist in the latest cover for Glamor UK.  (Photography by Jora Frantzis)

Megan Fox talks about her life as a mother, feminist and activist in the latest cover for Glamor UK. (Photo: Jora Frantzis)

The model and actress explained that Noah started wearing dresses when he was 2, during which time she and Green taught themselves to thoughtfully address gender identity to their children.

“I bought a couple of books that were about these things and that discussed a full spectrum of what this is,” she explained. “So from the time they were really young, I’ve incorporated those things into their daily lives so that no one feels like they’re weird or strange or different.”

Still, even Fox isn’t immune to maternal guilt.

“I travel for a long time and they have to go to school, that’s what it is. I wish I could take them with me to travel with me, that would make things a lot easier,” she said. “I cry often, usually every new moon. I take a bath and cry a lot about it because it’s hard and not because of the pressure that someone else or society puts on you, but it’s just hard to be separated from them that way. They are my DNA.”

“It’s hard not to feel obligated to be with them all the time or to constantly feel like I’m not doing my job well enough, but I’m also separated from their father,” she added. “So I can only have them half the time. That’s just what it is. And somehow it allows me to have moments to myself, where I can live my life as I am, not only being someone’s mother all the time and that’s nice, but you’re always struggling with guilt, kind of like, ‘I haven’t done enough’.”

Fox and Green finalized their divorce earlier this year, after being separated for nearly two years.

The model is now engaged to rapper Machine Gun Kelly, 32, whose real name is Colton Baker. The couple had been dating for about a year and a half, and while their romance has been getting a lot of attention — scrutinized in some cases — Fox explained it’s something she takes with a grain of salt. (And to answer your burning question, yes, they drink each other’s blood.)

“It’s just a few drops, but hey, we occasionally consume each other’s blood just for ritual purposes,” she said, noting that she and Kelly do “all these metaphysical exercises and meditations” together as a couple.

Fox, who describes herself as a feminist, always marched to the beat of her own drum. Sometimes that hasn’t always paid off, but it’s only recently, she said, that people have begun to appreciate her for proclaiming patriarchy at a time when most weren’t.

“I think I was almost a decade ahead of the #MeToo movement,” she explained. “I used to speak out against some of the abusive, misogynistic, patriarchal stuff that was going on in Hollywood in 2008 and 2009, way before people were ready to embrace or tolerate it. And I was even ridiculed for doing it.” I think people just had time to look at that in retrospect.”

“I’ve never felt fully integrated into the feminist community and I still think it’s a pain in a terrible way,” she continued. “What I provoke in them is not something they can digest well. And so that comes back to me, because they reject me for those reasons. And I just don’t think I was a very sympathetic victim.”

“I was celebrated as a feminist until I had the audacity to call my friend ‘Daddy,'” she explained, referring to the moment at last year’s MTV VMAs when she told reporters that Kelly had told her what not to do. wear that night: “[He] was like, ‘You’re going to be naked tonight.’ I was like, ‘Whatever you say, Daddy!’” she said at the time, eventually sparking a social media frenzy – with many feminists criticizing her comment.

“My personality is very provocative to people,” Fox, who has since given up posting on social media and called it “bad,” said of the resistance. “I trigger the people I trigger. That’s something I, as a famous person, do. That is my goal in many ways.”

Still, the actress has no regrets.

“The [only] regret i have is that my personality is so lost to people, my sense of humor is lost. My intelligence is not recognized,” she said. “And that’s a shame. Sometimes I feel like I’m just wasting my energy and giving myself to people who don’t understand and don’t appreciate it [me]but I’ve never had anything that I look back on now and think, ‘I really shouldn’t have said that’ Because even the horrible things made me do so much to myself, that I grew exponentially because of it. †

Fox’s relationship with the “trauma” of fame led to her having a psychological breakdown, forcing her to withdraw from the spotlight due to the sexual objectification she faced from people online.

“I don’t know if the psychological breakdown was strictly related to being objectified, it had more to do with just being dehumanized and constantly being criticized and judged,” she says now. “When so many people around the world think about you or have negative thoughts or intentions towards you, that energy permeates and permeates me. I have no boundaries or walls for that. I am still human. That way I’m still vulnerable, I can feel it. And that was part of the battle.”

“I closed a lot and withdrew from everything,” she said of that time. “I’m so much better equipped now to deal with it and experience it in a way that I can really enjoy it and not always be so self-conscious and scared.”

Looking ahead, however, Fox finds solace not in people’s opinions, but in her own journey.

“I’d like to be remembered as someone who was brave, who wasn’t afraid to explore and become myself regardless of anyone else’s comment,” she said. “But I also want my legacy to ultimately be someone who has helped others, either helped others find themselves in the same way, or helped others feel love, feel self-love and be able to give that love to their own children and to their own family. Because that naturally spreads. And that’s what we’re all missing right now.”

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