When Did Success Become Anathema to Feminists?


When Did Success Become Anathema to Feminists?
by Matt Vespa

We live in a two income household nation, and the days of men being the sole breadwinners are dying. Women are the majority of wage earners, and if the trends continue, they’ll become the main income earners by 2030. So, women have made massive strides in the socio-economic landscape, and that’s a good thing. However, when it comes to successful women, feminists can’t stand them.

It seems idiotic. Feminists have long clamored that there aren’t enough women in Congress, corporate board rooms, sports, etc., but seem perfectly content with cannibalizing their own when one manages to make it to the top.

Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, and Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer are the newest victims of feminist wrath. It’s because they go against the norm. Hanna Rosin aptly noted that Mayer’s critics “believe in collective action,” and anyone that deviates from what the feminist establishment thinks is punished. Hence, why conservative women are vilified without mercy, despite that fact that some have attained positions of power within male-dominated fields, particularly in politics. In the world of media, feminist antipathy is no different.

Marissa Mayer of Yahoo! has garnered criticism for her decision to stop allowing employees to work from home. I suppose the assumption is that women are affected worse than men by this decision. Whether or no, the critics seem to ignore (or discount) two relevant facts. First, Yahoo! is in trouble. Yahoo’s medium- and long-term survival is doubtful. Second, and directly relevant, Mayer looked at two things: how many employees get paid for working how much from home; Yahoo’s logs of how often those employees log in from home and how long they actually work. Mayer found many who claimed work did not even log in during the time periods for which they were paid. IOW, Mayer’s decision was made in response to systematic abuse, in a context where the company’s survival is at stake (and Mayer is paid to … try to save Yahoo! from bankruptcy and/or being broken up and the pieces sold off).