No stranger to controversy, Kiss vocalist and bassist Gene Simmons just used his upcoming book On Power: My Journey Through the Corridors of Power and How You Can Get More Power to make some incendiary remarks about working moms that absolutely no one asked for.
As reported by the New York Post, Simmons advises women looking to be working moms to "get over your biological urges," adding, "it’s natural to want to have kids, but, sorry, you can’t have it both ways. You have to commit to either career or family."
Um, the last time we checked, being a male rockstar is quite different than being a working mom. So sorry, you're the last person who should be giving advice on this.
Simmons, who has two kids—Nick, 28, and Sophie, 25—with ex-Playboy model Shannon Tweed, also gave his two cents on the best way women can get ahead. He tells the Post, "Women have a choice. They can dress in potato sacks, [but] as soon as they pretty themselves up with lipstick, lift and separate them and point them in our general direction, they’re gonna get a response. Guys are jackasses—we will buy them mansions and houses . . . all because of sex.”
Wow, what a way to be sexist while simultaneously reducing all men to animalistic, superficial jerks.
We're not going to lose any sleep over Simmons' remarks, though. While yes, juggling career and family is hard as he readily admits ("It’s very difficult to have both") we don't need the guy from Kiss to tell women it's impossible, because that's simply untrue.
And to you, Gene: Just like it wouldn't have been helpful if a person had told you you could never go from being a kid in Israel to an American rock star, it's not helpful to tell a working mom she can't have both. There are many moms out there, who, despite the difficulty, manage or will manage to have both, and they're smarter and stronger than you think.