When Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, banned employees from working from home, the media largely framed this as detrimental to women, not men. Mayer’s decision was portrayed as limiting work-life flexibility for mothers, who may need to be at home — or prefer to be at home — with their children. Her decision was not sexist, but the coverage was.
More than 40 years ago, psychologists Sandra and Daryl Bem invented a simple test to determine whether a statement was sexist: Could you exchange the word “women” for “men” and still have the sentence work?
Try it with the most-read essay the Atlantic magazine has ever published, Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All.” In sentence after sentence, Slaughter’s piece fails the test. In fact, the title fails. Yet few have questioned why the piece wasn’t headlined “Why Parents Can’t Have It All.”
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