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Why Do So Many Women Hate Gwyneth Paltrow?

Vanity Fair's attack on the actress reflects a wider loathing, but at least the actor is brave enough to venture beyond Hollywood's accepted script for women.

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Gwyneth Paltrow is not a politician. She does not deny things to other women. In fact, she seems to want women to have what she has, which seems to be mostly expensive clothing and cookery books.

The greatest criticism of Paltrow is that she cannot see beyond her lovely nose, which is rational in an actor. The fury, and obsession, this most self-evading art form excites in others is for another column. Meanwhile, allowing only the women you agree with – or identify with, or respect – to have a voice is not feminism; that is not sisterhood, but something else. I call it spite.


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