Reese Witherspoon is a real champion of women’s rights and has been very vocal about gender inequality in Hollywood. It was just this – the unfair representation of women in the media – that she was discussing, when she unintentionally upset some mothers who like to blog on the internet.
The actress was giving a speech at WSJ Magazine’s 2017 Innovator Awards in New York. She spoke about the need for women to be better represented in the industry.
“I don’t really believe that we’ve been seeing the full spectrum of the female experience, and that is simply because women’s stories are not prioritised,” she said, according to The Huffington Post. “I also just think we need to think about women differently, because women are the largest captured consumer audience in the world. And I’m not talking about mummy blogs and 14 ways to cook a turkey.”
While the overall message of Witherspoon’s speech was extremely positive and supportive of women, her final comment understandably upset those who work on, as she referred to them, “mummy blogs”. Some have taken to their platforms to criticise her comments.
“I’m sure that got you a lovely little chuckle, but your words made me rethink you as a champion of working women,” Meredith Gordon – a self-confessed "mommy blogger" – wrote in an open letter which was published on Mom.me. “I was curious why someone in your position would marginalise a group of women who are doing exactly what you claim to do…Bloggers are their own bosses, own their content, and are in full control of their schedule and workplace. The online community is one of the few branches of the entertainment and media business that is dominated, if not run, by women.
Witherspoon is yet to publicly respond to the backlash.