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Gwyneth Paltrow Defends Working Mom Comments, Wants to End “Mommy Wars”

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By Daniel Gates

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Gwyneth Paltrow tries to explain her controversial comments about working mothers in a new message on her site Goop.

Back in March, the actress and lifestyle guru lamented that a career in movies meant having an irregular schedule compared to most moms, commenting, “It’s much harder for me.”

Paltrow’s remarks drew backlash, and on Thursday, she responded with a post called, “Ending the 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,” writes the star. “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.”

Paltrow goes on to say:

“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.”

“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. 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.”

What do you think of Paltrow’s explanation and comments?

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