Feminists claim to be all about the empowerment of women. They claim we can have it all. We are all powerful and strong and smart and just as good as, nay, better than men.
But Heaven forbid we be pretty! It’s a travesty! A horrible injustice that someone could become CEO of a household name like Yahoo! and still a slave to the patriarchy!
When the shoot was released in August, Time magazine said it made Mayer look like she was ‘posed like a mermaid stranded on a stick of gum.’
The publication also questioned ‘is it feminist for a powerful woman to pose for a fashion magazine?’ And, ‘Is it feminist for a CEO to care about how she looks?
A commentor to CNN‘s Facebook page wrote of the shoot: ‘We fight so hard to be where we are and prove that it wasn’t our cute bodies, perky boobs or cute face that got us there.
‘Shame on you Marissa Mayer for playing into stereotypes,’ the commenter, Anna Nicole Moose, continued.
But I thought you said I could have it all? I suppose that’s only for certain definitions of ‘all.’ I forgot to read the fine print. Victimhood status does not apply to wives, mothers, or pretty girls.
Wow. Just wow. Marissa Mayer went out there and proved that she is so much more than just a pretty face. She is playing what has traditionally been a man’s game, and she CEOs like a girl. (Yeah, I just made CEO a verb.) This should be a triumph! But alas, no.
Do they criticize her for not taking advantage of the hard-fought maternity leave? Nope. How about throwing a wrench in the flexible work/life balance of work from home Yahoo! employees? Nope.
She’s too pretty. Shame on Marissa Mayer! You aren’t a true feminist unless you completely eschew the feminine and ugly yourself up. Looking pleasing to men is the ultimate betrayal of the sisterhood, apparently.
Women and men are sexual creatures. There is no benefit to denying this. It does nothing to empower anyone.
This, courtesy of the Divine Mistress of Elsewhere, TX, is what a strong, empowered woman looks like.
Yowza! She’s gorgeous, she’s sexy, and she owns that room. She is holding all the cards, and all the power. She has every eye. She’s playful and kind. She positively exudes confident femininity.
Ladies, don’t listen to the feminists. Their movement is outdated and no longer represents the best interests of anyone, certainly not women. They don’t want to make you stronger. They want you to be a victim to support their house of cards. You can be whatever you want to be if you put your mind to it and work hard. And you can do it in designer stilettos if you want to. Or not. It’s up to you.