Gwyneth Paltrow, Gwynnie, Gwynnie, Gwynnie, I want to like you. I really do. You are talented and lovely and seem to have your head on basically straight. You get that family matters and that cooking wholesome, nutritious food matters. You even get that exercise and "me" time for mommy is a crucial part of parenting. We have so much in common ... until you open your mouth.
Lately, Gwyneth Paltrow has been everywhere. She is on Glee, she is in the movies, she has written a cookbook, and she is writing a newsletter telling you how you can be more like her ... minus a few million dollars.
See, that's the problem with Gwyneth. She seems to think we all resent her because of her work ethic and amazing outlook on life -- not because she is a completely non-self-aware freak of nature who has no sense of her amazing privilege and how that makes parenting and being a "housewife" a little different for her.
Last week she told the Daily Mail that she was just a "traditional housewife" and mother. Um, really?
I am traditional in a 1950s housewife way -- cooking, making sure everyone's fed and everything's in order. I think a wife has a responsibility to make a home and to protect the family. I also believe that a wife should have the choice to work or not. My mother was a less traditional wife than me; she was working to support the family.
It's the second part of her statement that gets me going. Because she's right. We mothers, especially of young children, should have the choice of whether to work or not. I will fully admit I have the choice and I am lucky to have a flexible at-home job that allows me to be with my toddlers. That said, not everyone is that lucky.
What always gets to me about Gwynnie is she makes these grand proclamations that have huge assumptions. It's easy for her to say such things coming from a family that had money, top prep schools, an "in" in Hollywood, and a successful, well-paying career. Plus she has a husband who is equally successful.
That is not the average woman. Ideally, we would all have choices, but we aren't all Gwynnie and there is a reason we don't all have those choices. She never seems to get that.
And also, Gwyneth DOES work. So she doesn't even really follow her own advice. Truly, the woman has her head up her butt. She may be a great mom, but she kind of sucks at being a human.
Do you think this is annoying?
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