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:
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?
WHY IS THIS BEING SHOWN TO AN AUDIENCE THAT'S RUSHING TO FEED THE KIDS BREAKFAST, TOSS THEM IN A SCHOOL BUS OR THE MINIVAN, THEN RUSH OFF TO WORK?
"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 fucking Lord, what has this nation become????