First 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.