'Women are so powerful and so capable and to have it inferred that you have to generate yourself in any way to be likeable is abhorrent to me," she said Thursday at the China Exchange in London. "With my daughter I try to find a balance of being an example for her as a woman who... works and tries not to go out in public naked."
She lamented the difficulty of reconciling her daughter's self-expression with ever-present societal pressures to which young girls are exposed. "I am her mum but at the same time I want her to express herself. Sometimes it is hard when she is wearing something really, really short and a lot of make-up and I have to resist the instinct as I want her to experiment and find her own identity," Paltrow admitted. "It is an interesting balance right now being a mother of a coming-of-age girl as there are a lot of conflicting messages in our culture."