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Gwyneth Paltrow Defends Controversial Working Mother Comment

Fri, 09 May 2014 16:12:15 +0000

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Gwyneth Paltrow has taken some heat for statements she's made about balancing acting and parenting, but she fired back at her critics Thursday in a post on her blog, The Goop.

The controversy began in March when E! Online asked Paltrow why she only makes one movie per year. She replied that being a working mother is harder on actresses than women with regular jobs, because office work is “routine” and parenting can be done “in the morning and then you come home in the evening."

Paltrow continued, "When you're shooting a movie, they're like, 'We need you to go to Wisconsin for two weeks,' and then you work 14 hours a day and that part of it is very difficult."

In her latest post, titled "Ending the Mommy Wars," Paltrow writes: "A few weeks ago during an interview, I was asked why I have only worked on one film a year since having children. My answer was this: Film work takes one away from home and requires 12-14 hours a day, making it difficult to be the one to make the kids their lunch, drive them to school, and put them to bed. So I have found it easier on my family life to make a film the exception, and my 9-5 job the rule."

She goes on to write, "This somehow was taken to mean I had said a 9-5 job is easier and a lot of heat was thrown my way, especially by other working mothers who somehow used my out-of-context quote as an opportunity to express feelings (perhaps projected) on the subject."

The actress continues, "As the mommy wars rage on, I am constantly perplexed and amazed by how little slack we cut each other as women. We see disapproval in the eyes of other mothers when we say how long we breastfed (Too long? Not long enough?), or whether we have decided to go back to work versus stay home."

Paltrow asks, "Is it not hard enough to attempt to raise children thoughtfully, while contributing something, or bringing home some (or more) of the bacon? Why do we feel so entitled to opine, often so negatively, on the choices of other women? Perhaps because there is so much pressure to do it all, and do it all well all at the same time (impossible)."

She concludes the post by writing, "To every single mother out there, have a wonderful Mother's Day."

Paltrow has two children with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. The couple revealed in March that they were separating after 10 years of marriage.


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