In honor of “Magic Mike Live” launching in Las Vegas, Channing Tatum just penned an open letter to his three-year-old daughter, Everly, in Cosmopolitan.
Wait, wait. I know what you’re thinking: what the f*ck do a strip show and a growing child have in common?
Well, in the surprisingly candid letter, Tatum says that he wants to support his daughter in her future explorations of love and sexuality, which is part of why he’s been so involved in the creation of this stage show. More than anything, he wants future generations of women to feel empowered.
“The more I thought about this, the more I thought about my daughter reading this article someday,” he writes. “I pictured her in her late teens or early 20s, hoping to explore and discover her sexuality and dreaming about finding true love.”
Tatum says that he wants to be honest with his daughter about love and relationships, because “I don’t want her looking to the outside world for answers. 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.”
Tatum describes how impressed he was by his now-wife Jenna’s authenticity and straightforwardness when it came to matters of the heart, and how her totally expectation-less displays of love took him by surprise. He says that’s what he wants for his daughter — to feel empowered enough to trust her emotions and not try to play some sort of game:
We all know that every one of us is different and has a unique road map to our heart. We learn how to navigate it by leaping into love with both feet and giving our full selves without expecting anything in return. So I guess if there’s one thing that I think men wish women knew, it’s just that they alone are enough. When more women start to truly feel this power in themselves, the world will become so magical, it makes my head hurt.
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. 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.
Tatum adds that this truth is what drew him to creating the “Magic Mike Live” show. “I want women to feel what it’s like to exist in a world where men really listen to them, where they treat them like goddesses, and where they can feel comfortable and proud to express the full force of their sexual energy together. I want them to experience a place where they are much more than enough.”
While it’s a rarity to see a dad writing something to his daughter that’s so forward-thinking when it comes to love and sex, it’s certainly a refreshing reminder that honesty and acceptance are so important when it comes to shaping an adolescent’s view of relationships.
Oh — and I guess it’s a pretty obvious reminder to check out “Magic Mike Live,” too.