I’m So Glad I Have Drew Barrymore To Tell Me That Women Can’t Have It All

Drew Barrymore at BVLGARI celebration of Elizabeth Taylor jewelry colleciton LA February 2013First of all, Drew Barrymore, thank you so much for keeping this conversation relevant. If there’s any discussion I want to have on an almost weekly basis, it’s about whether women can have it all…and for a second there I was worried that this might be the week that my winning streak ended. But nope! We get to talk about it again! Thank goodness! Since we all know that every father and male human in general wakes up every day and nervously asks himself a few times in the mirror, “Can I have it all? Can I? CAN I?!?”, I’m glad that we’re holding up our end of the bargain, too. It’s important to always ask oneself if one can ‘have it all’, as that is a real statement with inherent meaning in it, and not just the new tag-line for modern feminism.

So. Here’s the deal. No matter what you think about yourself, Drew Barrymore has decided for you in a recent interview that you can’t, in fact, have it all. If you really take a good hard look at your life, you’re going to realize that you’re letting some things slide, especially if you had a baby, like Drew did back in September. Even if you don’t think you are, or you didn’t think you cared about the things you’re letting slide, YOU ARE AND YOU DO CARE BECAUSE DREW BARRYMORE SAYS SO AND SHE IS FAMOUS AND WISE AND A BEACON OF HOPE FOR WOMEN AND MOTHERHOOD.

“You know that you’re going to miss out on your child’s upbringing or you realize that your relationship is going to suffer if you work night and day and weekends. Unfortunately, I was raised in this like generation of like, ‘Women can have it all,’ and I don’t think you can. I think some things fall off the table. The good news is, what does stay on the table becomes much more important.”

 

Oh goodness yes, that is very good news. In my case, the things that stayed on the table were jams and jellies and preserves that I stayed up all winter making by hand, and the things that fell off the table were rolling items like roller skates and pens and yo-yos, so my path in life is decided! I shall abandon my career and be a jamsmith! But regardless of my own personal choices, I’m just really glad there’s someone out there who’s willing to speak for more people than just herself. Instead of really evaluating her feelings about her own situation and saying, “I don’t think I can have it all”, she bravely expands her experience to absorb all of womankind and our inability to live a full, rewarding life. We need more progressives like Drew who are willing to move us forward into the future by doing all of our thinking for us.

Like, it’s so dumb. I was just sitting at my desk this morning being really pleased with myself and my own life, like a big old idiot. I mean, I have a job and an apartment and friends and family and talent and intelligence and I’ve never come across something I really couldn’t master, but I think I need to go to the doctor and get my head examined, since it really isn’t possible that I could feel that way. Especially without a baby. I’m so glad I have Drew Barrymore to tell me what my limits are, and exactly what to think and how to feel about it. I hope they still let women be doctors, because all the male doctors of the world will be too busy asking themselves if they can really have it all to be interested in my silly little headbrain.
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    • Matilda

      What a stupidly written article, annoying from start to end. She was just expressing her thoughts on her experience of being a working mother and wife.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Thank you!

      • Matilda

        Some people can handle more than others, I like Drew’s attitude of support. I applaud those women that can juggle their lives, time, needs, wants, family, friends, and their job and still maintain a serene outlook on their lives!

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        Thank you!

    • The Redhead

      Yeah, I agree with the last poster. Why all the anger? Drew has a point.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        I’m glad we all agree!

    • Stokely

      I don’t think DB is talking about giving up on your career or becoming a “jamsmith” (Gwyneth?). She’s voicing a common reckoning of working moms: that we can’t have everything we want–or at least not all at once.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        That may be how she feels, but I’d be a lot more comfortable if she only spoke for herself.

      • Jenny

        But didn’t she? It seems like she was….
        She did, in fact, say ‘I don’t think you can’,

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    • Atlanta man

      Someone is bitter, and angery. Drew is correct.

      • Alexis Rhiannon

        That’s your opinion.