The media spends a lot of time pretending to celebrate diversity, sending up a self-congratulatory cheer whenever a magazine puts someone who isn't pin-thin on a cover. It's a step in the right direction, but it's awfully small.
My generation does things differently. Our divorces are more successful, less stressful, something to be proud of. They deserve to be cast in a positive light, and, if it feels good to the Paltrow-Martins or anyone else, renamed. But I wonder if we forgot to evolve our approach to marriage.
They've had it up to here with our modern parenting methods in general, and our approach to discipline in particular. They don't want to sit under the "peace tree" or earn another good-behavior sticker on yet another chart, and they especially don't want to take a freaking time out.
Every season, I learn a little more about how this spectacle touches millions of women who will never find themselves in a darkened theater watching... clothes. Here's why the shows might actually matter to you, even if you think they don't:
Do I believe that you should follow every trend and obsess over your hair? No! Do I think every woman needs an expensive, fancy wardrobe? Not at all. But what I've learned along the way is that getting your fashion and beauty ducks in row lets you obsess less and accomplish more.