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Gwyneth Paltrow denounces ‘anti-feminist’ view that domesticity is sexist because she loves to cook

Gwyneth Paltrow lectures Goop readers on feminism and claims that many other feminists don’t think a “powerful working woman” should cook for her family or partner — but Gwyneth likes to cook for her husband, Brad Falchuk, and is fine with that.

In a Goop article titled ‘Is it anti-feminist to cook for your boyfriend?Gwyneth, 49, insists there are “assumptions” that being domestic means a woman is also submissive — but she personally doesn’t think that’s true.

Writing in a piece promoting her own Goop cookware, Gwyneth says feminists should “rethink” its prejudices and stop “looking down on domesticity.”

“To me it’s not anti-feminist to serve; it’s an act of service that’s about seeing the other person and understanding their needs,” she wrote.

Her World: Gwyneth Paltrow lectures Goop readers on feminism in an article titled “Is It Anti-Feminist To Cook For Your Boyfriend?”

If she says so: Writing in a piece promoting her own Goop cookware, Gwyneth says feminists should “reexamine” prejudice and stop “looking down on domesticity”

“Household has been associated with submissiveness for much of history,” she says.

“When feminism first emerged, that link remained firmly in place. Does a strong, working woman have to cook for her family or partner? For some, the answer has been no for a long time.

‘But those prejudices and assumptions need to be re-examined. What is actually anti-feminist right now is prescribing what feminism is – including looking down on domesticity.

‘I believe in a version of feminism where everyone can express the traditionally ‘feminine’ aspects of themselves as they see fit. It feeds me – and feeds many people, of all genders – to cherish.’

It’s unclear who, exactly, needs Gwyneth stuff to “reexamine” their idea of ​​feminism, as most self-proclaimed feminists have been saying something similar for decades.

Even in the 1970s, self-proclaimed feminists offered definitions of feminism that focused on equality and choice above all else — including the choice of being a housewife or a stay-at-home mom.

Serving Up: She Said She Loves Cooking For Her Husband, Brad Falchuk

Serving Up: She Said She Loves Cooking For Her Husband, Brad Falchuk

Serving Up: She Said She Loves Cooking For Her Husband, Brad Falchuk

“To me it's not anti-feminist to serve;  it's an act of service that's about seeing the other person and understanding their needs,

“To me it's not anti-feminist to serve;  it's an act of service that's about seeing the other person and understanding their needs,

“To me it’s not anti-feminist to serve; it’s an act of service that’s about seeing the other person and understanding their needs,” she wrote

“I think it all comes down to freedom of choice,” former first lady Betty Ford told the United States New York Times in 1975.

“Women should be free to choose the occupation of housekeeping or working outside the home, and individual qualifications, not gender, should determine access to all occupations and levels of responsibility,” said Edythe W. First, then president of the New York City Commission on the Status of Women

‘A feminist believes not only in the freedom to make choices, but also in the freedom’ to make commitments; choosing between alternative lifestyles and work styles,” said Ellen Sulzberger Straus, then president of Call for Action Inc.

Even former United States Representative Bella Abzug said that a feminist wants to “live and be valued as a whole person, with many different capacities, needs and responsibilities, not just as a wife, lover, mother, sister, housewife” – but didn’t say being a wife or a housewife couldn’t be part of the equation.

More recently, Emma Watson told Reuters that too many people seem to misunderstand feminism.

“It always reveals to me how many misconceptions and misconceptions there are about what feminism is,” she said. Feminism is not a stick to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality.’

History lesson: It’s unclear who needs Gwyneth stuff to “reexamine” their idea of ​​feminism, as most self-proclaimed feminists have been saying something similar for decades. Bella Abzug (pictured in 1970 said that a feminist wants to live and be valued as a whole person, with many different capacities, needs and responsibilities, not just as a wife, lover, mother, sister, housewife”

So it seems that Gwyneth’s definition of feminism is in fact in line with countless feminists who have come before her.

Gwyneth wrote that ‘making and giving food through food is part of my love language’ so it is normal for her to cook for her friends, family and husband.

“Our ‘breakfast for boyfriends’ is something of a sacred tradition between us right now,” she wrote.

She revealed that she started cooking these for him when they were still dating and having Saturday mornings with no kids around.

Gwyneth also noted that even if she fasts intermittently and doesn’t eat, she still loves to cook, “and cooks just for him.”

That seems to be the point – that there’s nothing un-feminist or anti-feminist about cooking when a woman likes to do it, and isn’t expected or forced to do it.

“To me it’s not anti-feminist to serve; it’s an act of service that’s about seeing the other person and understanding their needs,” she wrote.

The kids: Gwyneth wrote that 'making and giving food through food is part of my love language' so it's normal for her to cook for her friends, family and husband

The kids: Gwyneth wrote that 'making and giving food through food is part of my love language' so it's normal for her to cook for her friends, family and husband

The kids: Gwyneth wrote that ‘making and giving food through food is part of my love language’ so it’s normal for her to cook for her friends, family and husband

In a 2020 interview with Jimmy Kimmel, she described her This Smells Like My Vagina candle as a 'punk rock, feminist statement'

In a 2020 interview with Jimmy Kimmel, she described her This Smells Like My Vagina candle as a 'punk rock, feminist statement'

In a 2020 interview with Jimmy Kimmel, she described her This Smells Like My Vagina candle as a ‘punk rock, feminist statement’

‘It gives a certain energy and intimacy to a relationship. Cooking is also for me – and I think for many type A people – relaxing and grounding. Embracing something so traditionally feminine and old-fashioned balances out the hardworking, work side of myself,” she wrote.

Gwyneth has many ideas about what feminism is and isn’t, although critics don’t always agree with her opinion.

In a 2020 interview with Jimmy Kimmel, she described her This Smells Like My Vagina candle as a “punk rock, feminist statement.”

“It’s all part of the crumbling patriarchy,” she told Elle Magazine that same year.

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