After comments made by Gwyneth Paltrow about motherhood caused major backlash, the star is attempting to clear up any controversy with a post to her lifestyle website, Goop.
“A few weeks ago during an interview, I was asked why I have only worked on one film a year since having children,” the 41-year-old writes.
“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.”
Gwyneth was responding to comments made by her in which she stated,”It’s much harder for me. I feel like I set it up in a way that makes it 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 [14 hours a day].”
In her attempts to clarify those remarks, the mom-of-two writes in her Thursday post titled, “Ending the Mommy Wars,” “This somehow was taken to mean I had said a 9-5 job is easier, and a lot of heat was thrown my way.”
On top of defending herself, the Oscar winner also attempts to halt mommy-shaming, questioning women who throw negative comments at one another.
“As the mommy wars rage on, I am constantly perplexed and amazed by how little slack we cut each other as women,” Gwyneth says.
“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.”
She continues, “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?”
Gwyneth, whose post comes 3 days before Mother’s Day, signs her musings: “To every single mother out there, have a wonderful Mother’s Day. Love, gp.”
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