Gwyneth Paltrow Defends Working Mom Comments, Seeks to End "Mommy Wars"

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Gwyneth Paltrow wants to put an end to the "mommy wars."

In a journal entry on her website Goop, the consciously uncoupled actress is clearing up and defending her recent comments about working women.

The mom of two stirred up some pretty significant outrage when she insinuated that raising her family in Hollywood was harder than for your average parent.

She explains her remarks, and the ensuing furor, as such:

"A few weeks ago during an interview, I was asked why I have only worked on one film a year since having children. My answer was this," Paltrow said.

"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 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. This somehow was taken to mean I had said a 9-5 job is easier."

"A lot of heat was thrown my way, especially by other working mothers who used my out-of-context quote as an opportunity to express feelings (perhaps projected) on the subject."

"As the mommy wars rage on," the 41-year-old added, "I am constantly perplexed and amazed by how little slack we cut each other as women."

Cough ... COUGH ... cough ... Alicia Silverstone.

"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 entitled to opine, often so negatively, on the choices of others? 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."

We share that sentiment, and this year, Paltrow will certainly need more good vibes than usual. Especially if Chris Martin and Alexa Chung are really an item.

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