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Marissa Mayer: I Don’t Think That I Would Consider Myself A Feminist
Mayer was recent featured in a PBS/AOL documentary (filmed when she was still at Google it appears)Makers: Women Who Make America, from which this soundbite was taken when she spoke about feminism:
“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,” she said. “But I don’t, I think, have sort of the militant drive and sort of the chip on the shoulder that sometimes comes with that. And I think it’s too bad, but I do think feminism has become, in many ways, a more negative word. There are amazing opportunities all over the world for women, and I think that there’s more good that comes out of positive energy around that than negative energy.”
Other notable soundbites from the documentary, which aired earlier this week on PBS (and are posted here) included Mayer talking about her proudest achievement (Google) and her take on life-work balance. “For me work is fun and fun is work. I work a lot. I work really hard. I still am able to do some cultural things and things that are fun outside of work. But interestingly, those things for me, more often than not, have connections back to work. Now I’m really involved with Google Doodles, the fun logos that appear on our homepage. I don’t worry about balance. I worry more about being inspired and being passionate about what I’m working on.”
What do you think of Marissa Mayer’s remarks?

I think it would be more tactful of us to think of feminism as something positive, and to reinforce it as a positive concept, rather than accept what others have turned this word into: something “militant”, undesirable, and threatening. She works for equal rights and values the efforts of women in our society. She is a feminist.
Also, to be threatened by feminism and to call it “militant” is to agree that patriarchy is something that should be upheld… Why should this be something to aspire to in this day and age?

fastcompany:

Marissa Mayer: I Don’t Think That I Would Consider Myself A Feminist

Mayer was recent featured in a PBS/AOL documentary (filmed when she was still at Google it appears)Makers: Women Who Make America, from which this soundbite was taken when she spoke about feminism:

“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,” she said. “But I don’t, I think, have sort of the militant drive and sort of the chip on the shoulder that sometimes comes with that. And I think it’s too bad, but I do think feminism has become, in many ways, a more negative word. There are amazing opportunities all over the world for women, and I think that there’s more good that comes out of positive energy around that than negative energy.”

Other notable soundbites from the documentary, which aired earlier this week on PBS (and are posted here) included Mayer talking about her proudest achievement (Google) and her take on life-work balance. “For me work is fun and fun is work. I work a lot. I work really hard. I still am able to do some cultural things and things that are fun outside of work. But interestingly, those things for me, more often than not, have connections back to work. Now I’m really involved with Google Doodles, the fun logos that appear on our homepage. I don’t worry about balance. I worry more about being inspired and being passionate about what I’m working on.”

What do you think of Marissa Mayer’s remarks?

I think it would be more tactful of us to think of feminism as something positive, and to reinforce it as a positive concept, rather than accept what others have turned this word into: something “militant”, undesirable, and threatening. She works for equal rights and values the efforts of women in our society. She is a feminist.

Also, to be threatened by feminism and to call it “militant” is to agree that patriarchy is something that should be upheld… Why should this be something to aspire to in this day and age?

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    Caught part of this the other night and have subsequently had this and several other conversations about the topic every...
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    "Feminism has become, in many ways, a more negative word." I wish more people would understand that it’s misogynists,...
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    “I think that, I certainly believe in equal rights. I believe that women are just as capable, if not more so, in a lot...
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    FUCKING DAMMIT. NO ONE ASKED IF YOU WERE A RADICAL FEMINIST, MA’AM.
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    FUCKING THIS MORTALS!!!
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    Somebody gets it.
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    This woman is an inspiration. She is saying it how it is; she can believe in equality without identifying is a...
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    Welp. Bummer. That’s what I think of Mayer’s comments. She is certainly not obligated to act like a role model, but she...
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    I think it would be more tactful of us to think of feminism as something positive, and to reinforce it as a positive...