COMMENTARY | OK, you guys. This is serious now. Everyone put a serious face on, because, apparently, life is really tough for Gwyneth Paltrow. As the actress and self-appointed “lifestyle” guru laments, it’s “harder for me.”
Man your tissue stations. Everyone have a box? Maybe a box-and-a-half? Good. The astute among you will have noticed that Gwynie used a superlative in that sentence. To whom is she comparing herself? Women not going through divorces? Women with stable marriages?
Nope. She’s comparing herself to regular, run-of-the-mill working moms, the ones, in Dolly Parton’s words, working 9 to 5. Actually, she might learn something by listening to the whole song.
According to US Magazine, she continues: “I think it’s different when you have an office job, because it’s routine. You can do all the stuff in the morning and then you come home in the evening. 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.”
See? You have “challenges.” They’re just not as tough as her challenges. Like being on set, where someone else does your hair, your makeup, brings you food and no one can disturb you. Sounds like a nightmare.
And, hey, regular working moms, you get to do “all the stuff in the morning.” You know, like making breakfast, making sure everyone has clean clothes, packing lunches, getting the kids in before your commute if you can, finding morning childcare if you can’t. And then you get to do all the stuff in the evening, too. You guys are the luckiest, not having to supervise live-in nannies, chefs and housekeepers.
What Gwynie, in her bio-degradable, bubble-wrapped life, doesn’t know is women still do the majority of housework. That takes, on average, 2.6 hours out of their day. Add that to commuting, dropping off and picking up and the rest, and those are 14-hour days. Regularly. Not only when they’re sent to, oh the horror, “Wisconsin.”
Writer Mackenzie Dawson penned a great response to Paltrow for the New York Post, which is definitely worth a read. But the bigger question is how, on earth, could Paltrow come to believe something so ludicrous, let alone say it aloud?
Nothing — and I mean nothing — is harder for Gwyneth Paltrow than the average person. Nothing. Because no matter what her issue, she has enough money to at least lessen the problem. She can hire anyone to do anything. Most working moms can’t delegate. That she can’t understand that huge divide, and yet wants people to get lifestyle advice from her site, explains why so many people find Goop laughably ridiculous.
And here’s the kicker: she doesn’t have to do it. Many working moms are trying to keep their families afloat. Gwyneth doesn’t have to work. She can quit acting, if it’s so terrible. The world will probably continue to spin in the same direction, and she won’t have to visit Wisconsin.