Stop Pitting Gwyneth Against Other Women

It takes a lot for me to resist rolling my eyes when someone brings up Gwyneth Paltrow, but her newest Marie Claire interview just might have softened me up to the megastar. The media has painted the actress as an out of touch, bougie snob who doesn't understand why the average woman can't indulge in daily detox salt baths and artisanal goat's milk. But as Marie Claire smartly points out, "Why should Gwyneth Paltrow have to defend her success?"

I must admit, I might have been a little hard on immaculate movie star. I mean, Paltrow shouldn't have to apologize for her lifestyle any more than the everyday woman should apologize for hers, because at the end of the day this beautiful blonde is just as human as the rest of us. And that's exactly how she comes across in her interview — wholly human and genuine as she opens up about raising her children, her ex-husband, and feminism. But what made me stop in my tracks was Gwyneth's comment about how the media continuously pits her against other women in the industry and her wish for women to be more understanding of one another. Thanks to Marie Claire's cover story, there's definitely one woman I'm officially a little more understanding of. Check out some of Paltrow's best moments of the interview, plus a sneak peak of the gorgeous shots, and see if you feel the same way.

"Women in 30 minutes can get more accomplished than men in two hours."
"I think we are all genuinely doing our best, it's hard to have children and a career, and all some women seem to do is judge other women's choices. I find that demoralizing and unhelpful. Where is the wisdom coming out of this situation? I don't see where this is getting us anywhere in terms of a cultural discussion."
"Whether it's Morgan Freeman at the beginning of my career or Johnny Depp in my last movie, I feel on-my-knees gratitude for being considered a good enough actor to work with actors of that caliber."
"A lot of women reporters try to pit me against other women doing entrepreneurial things. There's room for everybody."

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