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File This Under “Why Is This News?”

There was a featured story on The Today Show this morning. I’m going to embed the video and then we’ll talk on the flip:

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Let the implications of this story sink in for a moment, then ask yourself the following question: “What was the point?” 

Yahoo Chief Executive Office, Marissa Mayer, is a new hire who just had a baby and then went back to work less than two weeks after giving birth.

OK, that’s a bit of a story. No, not really.  

What it is is a myth. It is an attempt to sell you and me on the idea that women can have it all. They can have work, they can have family, they can have God and football, too.  


 Mayer can, because Mayer pulls down a six or seven figure salary plus bonuses and undoubtedly stock options. She’s set for life. Mayer can have it all because SHE CAN AFFORD IT ALL!

 She’s not concerned with making the mortgage payment. She’s not concerned with getting daycare for her kid. And she’s definitely not concerned with what happens if her kid gets sick: who will take care of the baby, or how will Mayer afford the doctor’s bills?


 “You can have it all”? No. You can’t! And any attempt to say otherwise by some corporatist elitist smacks of vanity of the worst kind.

 It’s like the old Steve Martin joke about making a million bucks tax free. That joke starts, “First, get a million bucks.”

 Good Lord, what has this nation become????

2 comments to File This Under “Why Is This News?”

  • The top 10% build their world view into the media message they produce, all the while telling themselves they are the middle class – this is odious but probably should be no surprise.

    I’ve got a rant myself I need to pen sometime. Have you noticed how many supposedly humorous TV ads nowdays, especailly for non-elite stuff like fast food (Sonic!), boil down to “buy our product, our customers are morons”? Does that message make you more inclined to buy that product or less? I want to understand the thought process that underlies insulting potential customers’ intelligence as a marketing strategy, because I purely don’t get it. If it’s to make me feel better about myself than the hapless idiots who populate these adverts, then sure they succeed in that – but that’s not going to make me buy product that morons buy, nor is the way in which advertizers take glee in their customers’ dumbness going to endear me to the company they represent. By contrast, every advert for a hedge fund investment vehicle or top-line company I see over on PBS, pretending to be a sponsorship slot, tells people in various ways that its customers and employees are way smarter than average. Hmmmm.

  • The woman sounds like an idiot. “The job is fun” and “The baby is easy.” Of course the baby is easy, you twit, when you have a full time nanny to change its diapers and clean the spit up and hold it when it’s crying. The baby is easy as hell when you come home and the nanny hands it to you to hold for five minutes and then takes it back the minute it starts crying.

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