Marissa Mayer, Yahoo’s new CEO, is six months pregnant and she’s at the top of many headlines this week for her amazing career.
You’d think feminists would be happy. But no. Some feminists are attacking Mayer because she had the gall to say she’s not a feminist. Here’s what she said:
I don’t think that I would consider myself a feminist. I think that I certainly believe in equal rights, I believe that women are just as capable, if not more so in a lot of different dimensions, but I don’t, I think have, sort of, the militant drive and the sort of, the chip on the shoulder that sometimes comes with that. And I think it’s too bad, but I do think that feminism has become in many ways a more negative word. You know, there are amazing opportunities all over the world for women, and I think that there is more good that comes out of positive energy around that than comes out of negative energy.
Insert feminists freaking out here.
Feministing’s Chloe Angyal wrote her own little nasty-gram to Mayer, saying, “Marissa, it is too bad that feminism has become a negative word. You know what’s also too bad? Your failure to acknowledge that without feminism, you could never have become the CEO of Yahoo.”
Sounds kinda’ like Obama saying that people’s success isn’t their own but they all belong to liberals in government who make all things possible.
Joan Walsh of Salon, wrote to Mayer, “Leave feminism alone!”
Katie Baker of Jezebel said, “We can’t force Mayer to identify with the feminist movement, but it’s irresponsible for her to pretend that equality for women in tech isn’t still a huge issue.”
Instead of just acknowledging that a woman rose to great heights, they tear at her because she’s unwilling to bend the knee to the word “feminism.” It’s almost like they’re not interested in equal rights as much as they are accruing power for feminism.
Funny thing is that if she had stood up when she got the job as CEO and said she was aborting her baby, they’d all be shouting her praise.