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Приехали к нам на работу сегодня биологи из какого-то исследовательского института в Японии. Типа, связи налаживать. Сделали доклад, в начале которого рассказывали про свой институт - что за люди работают, что изучают. Показали фотки всех профессоров - человек 30-40 - из них ни одной женщины. Даже среди молодых. В конце доклада показали фото работающих в одной лабе - пожалуйста, куча женщин студенток/доценток. А дальше им в академии путь заказан, получается. Я, конечно, слышала, что Япония в смысле gender roles страна консервативная, но тут очень наглядная иллюстрация получилась.

Интересно, брыкается ли там в Японии кто-то из женщин-учёных, пытается ли менять статус кво, или все принимают его, как должное. Я даже не знаю, брыкалась ли я бы... Скорее, думала бы, что так и должно быть. Мне же говорила мама в детстве - у мальчиков головы умнее, сильнее. Ты, Эрика, конечно умная девочка и всё такое, но они же мальчики...
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Ha-ha-ha! I mean, sob.

Gwyneth Paltrow has a website, GOOP, where she gives advice on life. Some people find it, and her, super-annoying, but I don't. It's her prerogative to be a little full of herself. I mean, she is beautiful, talented (not only can she act, but she can sing, too?), and mega-rich. She also has good taste in men. Well, at least it has improved dramatically after she broke up with Ben Affleck. Her husband is (a) British and (b) has an amazing voice. Best kind of celebrity husband ever, as far as I'm concerned (although Natalie Portman is giving her a run for her money with the French ballet dancer, but I digress). She does give her kids really weird names, but they will be ok because, again, mega-rich. And if they are not ok, it won't be because of their names, it'll be because of drugs.

Ok, so what is this about? Well, some news outlet said that Gwyneth aimed the latest GOOP newsletter at working mothers and managed to offend said working mothers with said newsletter. Well, I am a working mother, and I like to be offended as much as the next person, so I decided to read it. She has asked two other "working mothers", such as herself (Stella McCartney and some other woman I never heard of but equally rich if perhaps not equally famous) to describe their typical day and share some secrets of how they manage to balance successful careers and motherhood. And guess what - I read them and I am not offended. I am jealous. I want to have a personal trainer who makes house calls, a nanny, a personal assistant, a stylist, etc. I want to have organic groceries delivered to my house weekly. I want to have a weekly blow-out (what the heck is that, anyway?). And what I really want is to have the glamorous lifestyle they are advertising with these "humble" descriptions of their day. That was the real point of the newsletter, wasn't it? Well, let's consider it a success then. Also, from these descriptions I would say that out of the three this less-famous woman is the biggest b*tch, Stella McCartney is the nicest person, and Gwyneth Paltrow has the best life.

Jealousy aside, those descriptions were actually quite interesting. I am always curious about mundane details of people's lives, even if those people are not Gwyneth Paltrow or Stella McCartney. And their pointers about organization and multi-tasking are something that I already do in my life as well, though perhaps not on such a grand scale. Also, I am realizing that if I were to do a similar play-by-play of my day, it would probably read self-congratulatory to other working mothers who don't have live-in grandmothers, supportive and involved husbands, and interesting jobs.


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