Gwyneth Paltrow won’t stand for your patriarchal BS.
The Goop founder said a new interview that drawing comparisons between her and other actresses like Jessica Alba, Blake Lively, and Reese Witherspoon (all of whom run lifestyle brands) is “slightly misogynistic,” and that it’s pretty damn unfair. Us Weekly reports:
The Oscar winner was asked whether she checks out Lively’s Preserve or Witherspoon’s brand-new Draper James. “This is a very interesting question, because I wonder if George Clooney would be asked about Puff Daddy’s ancillary liquor line,” Paltrow replied. “I’m fascinated how the media in particular are so confounded by entrepreneurial women doing something outside of their box.”
She elaborated: “Jessica [Alba], especially, who’s a friend of mine—our businesses could not be more different. There’s not a lifestyle piece to her business. The fundamentals of our sites are very different.” (Alba’s thriving The Honest Company, which sells non-toxic baby and household products, recently hit a $1 billion valuation.)
Witherspoon launched her first lifestyle website, Draper James, last month. “Our businesses have similarities, but hers has retail,” Paltrow noted. “People are grasping at straws to tie us together and I get it, because it makes a good story, but I’m slightly offended by this sort of generalization that happens with myself and Jessica and Reese and Blake. Yes, there are similarities. But there aren’t stories in TIME written saying, ‘Wow, look at Arnold Schwarzenegger, who did x, y, and z!'”
Okay, I generally hate GP and think she’s insufferable on LOTS of fronts, but she DOES have a point. We need to stop comparing women and their achievements to other women, because it puts them in a class that seems different and lesser than men. But- I’m interested in hearing what y’all think about her interview!
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