Channing Tatum’s Empowering Letter To His Daughter Is The Encouragement All Dads Should Give To Their Girls

"I want women to feel what it’s like to exist in a world where men really listen to them."

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Actor Channing Tatum's daughter Everly turns 4 this month, and the Magic Mike star is already taking steps to make sure his little girl grows up to be a strong, independent woman who isn't afraid to embrace and take pride in her sexuality.

In an essay he wrote for Cosmopolitan, Tatum recalls the first time he encountered a woman who knew exactly what she wanted from life, and didn't need anyone else to validate or influence her desires. That woman was none other than his wife (and Everly's mom) Jenna Dewan Tatum, who quickly made it clear to her now-husband that she'd found exactly what she was looking for in him, and didn't care about the opinions of others.

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"I remember feeling this incredible rush — it was the sexiest thing she'd ever done for me," the 37-year-old writes of Dewan Tatum's bold declaration. "I felt strength, because in that moment, she had accepted every part of me, the good and the bad. And I knew she wasn't auditioning me or hoping I'd meet some set of expectations. That radical authenticity of hers was what made me fall head over heels in love. Before I experienced it, I wouldn't have known how to ask for it. Now I know it's what I was always craving." 

Relating that "radical authenticity" back to his hopes for young Everly, Tatum adds, "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."

As Tatum sees it, caring for your children entails much more than putting a roof over their heads, clothes on their backs, and food in their mouths. The actor makes a strong case for why it's crucial to empower your kids (especially young girls) to think and act for themselves instead of simply conform to social norms that might not make them truly happy.

"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 observes. "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, who participated in the launch of Magic Mike Live in Las Vegas last month, explains how he hopes the show provides a space for women to explore their sexuality and freedom from social norms in a "fun, provocative way." 

"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," he adds. "I want them to experience a place where they are much more than enough."

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In that vein, the forward-thinking husband and father has final observation worth noting. "I guess if there's one thing that I think men wish women knew, it's just that they alone are enough," he explains. "When more women start to truly feel this power in themselves, the world will become so magical, it makes my head hurt."

In a day and age where it can sometimes feel like a punishment to be a woman, we applaud Channing Tatum for encouraging his daughter and other women around the world to embolden themselves to make their own choices in life.

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