With the avalanche of celebrity-turned-lifestyle-experts, it’s easy to glaze over when they pull out the script: my family comes first, helping other women live more fulfilling lives, I just do this for fun but I’m really a wife/mom, cooking and cleaning are my hobbies, etc. We expect this narrative because no one can really say, “I need a steady cash flow and the roles are few and far between.” It would be awesome if they did, but then how could they represent a crockery line or hair dye company?
In a recent interview with the Associated Press via Yahoo! OMG!, Drew Barrymore decided to share how her own men are from Mars, women are from Venus theory:
"I have a very male side of me that just loves business. I love producing. I love the rules. I love how to achieve getting financing for things, you know, staying within budget, on time, going into boardrooms and like fighting the good fight for things I really like," she said. "But I'm at a stage in my life where I really appreciate the womanly creativity more than ever. Being a mom and making babies and thinking about what women want and what they need, what they deserve. So it fulfills that creative, sensitive side as well. So it's a perfect business for me to be in, and I get to go home at night and be with my family, which is everything."
What does this even mean? Does she really think men are better at budgets and business, while woman need hearth and home? And on the flip side, what does being a woman have to do with creativity? There are plenty of uncreative women and very creative men. How does “making babies” help her decide on which wines to offer and which lipstick colours she likes? (And in what world is any of this “fighting the good fight”?)
It’s frustrating to hear because Drew IS a business person. She was before she had a husband or a family – a success story in an extremely cutthroat industry. She survived child stardom, a stage mother, and a being a female over 25 in Hollywood. Maybe she’s over the acting side of it - I get that. But she clearly still likes the hunt, or she wouldn’t have started a wine company and a cosmetics company that sells at Walmart. And while it’s a little confusing from a branding perspective, there’s nothing wrong with the ambition. She’s good at it and estrogen hasn’t made her too delicate for negotiations and contracts and, you know, manly things.
For someone who produced a “girl power” Charlie’s Angels reboot, I don’t get this “Math class is tough!” act. She’s just so much smarter than this, you know?
Thanks to Liza for sending this in!