Infamous “conscious uncoupling” actress Gwyneth Paltrow took to her blog on her lifestyle’s website Goop to wish women with children a “Happy Mother’s Day” and to also (condescendingly) address the controversy surrounding her 9-5 working mom quote.
The “Shakespeare in Love” Oscar-winner talked to E! News about her plans post-split from husband Chris Martin, and essentially said working 9-5 is easier than a movie star’s schedule.
"I think it's different when you have an office job, because it's routine and, you know, you can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening," she said. "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. I think to have a regular job and be a mom is not as, of course there are challenges, but it's not like being on set."
Many people were naturally offended by the quote although Paltrow explained her lengthy statement was some how taken out of context. The comment referred to what Paltrow called “Mommy Wars.”
"A few weeks ago during an interview, I was asked why I have only worked on one film a year since having children," Paltrow wrote in her latest Goop newsletter. "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. 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."
She then harped on mom-on-mom hating, which she would like to see end. [Check out some of the actress’s most obnoxious quotes.]
"As the mommy wars rage on, I am constantly perplexed and amazed by how little slack we cut each other as women," she writes, making a solid point. "We see disapproval in the eyes of other mothers when we say how long we breast-fed (Too long? Not long enough?), or whether we have decided to go back to work versus stay home."
She concluded: "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) ... To every single mother out there, have a wonderful Mother's Day."
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