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Gwyneth losing patience with misogynistic comparisons

Gwyneth Paltrow is bored of being pitted against other women by people who have no knowledge of their relationships.

As well as being an actress the 42-year-old star has her company GOOP, a lifestyle website which sends out weekly updates and was launched in 2008. She's often pitted against the likes of Reese Witherspoon and Jessica Alba who also have their own firms away from acting, something Gwyneth is gradually losing patience with.

"I wrestle with it. I feel there’s something slightly misogynistic about it. This is a common theme. I think Reese and Jessica and I - I don’t know Blake Lively, and I don’t know if Jessica and Reese know each other - I’m friends with both of them and I speak to both of them and I want to do everything I can to support their businesses," she told Time magazine.

What particularly irks Gwyneth is that she believes there isn't much similarity between the women's business. Jessica runs The Honest Company, which is based around eco-friendly baby products, while Reese's firm has a retail element. Blake's website Preserve is big on homeware and little known pieces, and to Gwyneth there is room for them all.

She's also furious that it's women who are asked these kind of questions, whereas male stars are never questioned on peers they are deemed to be in competition with.

"I wonder if George Clooney would be asked about Puff Daddy’s ancillary liquor line. I’m fascinated how the media in particular are so confounded by entrepreneurial women doing something outside of their box," she fumed.

"People are grasping at straws to tie us together."

On the plus side, the actress is enjoying seeing how times are changing for women. She loves that so many are branching out and building careers which make them the breadwinner for their families, and Gwyneth is interested to see how that's going to shape the world over the coming years.

"There’s a shift happening sociologically and psychologically. People are wrestling with this new archetype of being a woman with a brain who’s also sexual and trying to do more than one thing at a time. I also feel proud. Why would I not want to do that, if it’s a passion?" she said.

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