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Kim Kardashian and Other Celebrity Mums Have a Right to Enter the Debate on Women Having It All

10/07/2014 11:22 BST | Updated 08/09/2014 10:59 BST

Kim Kardashian answered a question about whether a mother can or cannot have it all and the Internet is all-abuzz!

Daily Mail sums it all up with: 'My mum taught us we CAN have it all': Kim Kardashian wades into the age-old debate of balancing motherhood and a career as she says it all comes down to 'prioritising' "Hot on the heels of PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi's candid and controversial admission that she doesn't think women can have it all, Kim Kardashian has weighed in on the debate.

During an interview alongside sisters Kourtney and Khloé with CNBC's Closing Bell on Monday, the mum-of-one was asked her thoughts on whether she believes women can raise a family and have a successful career at the same time.

'I mean, I think that's just not really, like, a positive outlook,' she said of Nooyi's declaration that women simply 'pretend' they can have it all. 'My mum kind of taught us girls we could have it all.'"

As always when there are topics like this discussed about Celebrity Mums, what fascinates me are readers' comments.

We have two categories of Kardashian haters: We have the people who can't even tolerate hearing Kim Kardashian speak because she is simply a sex-tape queen and reality-tv "star." How can she possibly have anything of any kind of intelligence to say?

Then there are those who want to point out that no Celebrity Mums have the right to enter the debate because their definitions of "working" are so different from the majority of "real" workings mothers. When a woman is making a "choice" to work, but could as easily sit home and eat bon-bons, then her opinion does not really count.

It's almost as if reporters throw the old "Can a woman have it all" question to Celebrity Mums just to create controversy. They know when they are asking the question that viewers are going to raise Hell no matter what their response is.

If Kardashian were to have answered, No, I don't think women can have it all; they have to make choices about what they value most, we would have complained - But who are you to say that? You can have it all because you have access to nannies and assistants!

I mean, really, how can Kardashian possibly answer that question without causing an uproar?

The question itself is kind of ridiculous.

Can a woman have a successful career and balance a family at the same time? Yes, of course she can, but there are going to be challenges; there are going to be sacrifices. We all know that. No matter which "work" we decide to focus on, kids or outside-the-home job, we are going to have questions about whether we are making the right choices.

Can we just stop nit-picking on Celebrity Mums? Can we simply accept that their answers often come from a place of privilege? But they still are making choices of how they spend their time. They still have a right to enter the debate and weigh in.

Let's shift the focus instead to how we as a society can help families, both mothers and fathers (celebrity and non), find the perfect balance to raising children, earning money and pursuing fulfilling careers.