A Victim of His Own PC: Matt Lauer Accused of Sexism

Matt Lauer asked Mary Barra, CEO of GM, how she is able to be both a good businesswoman and a good mother. So, apparently, he’s sexist. Here’s what one critic had to say:

For the record: All previous GM CEOs that I’ve known had children. In my 15 years of covering the industry, I can recall only a couple of occasions where they were ever asked how they balanced the roles of father and executive; it was more often them who brought it up in small talk about what was going on in their lives outside the company.

Yes. And, really, Mary Barra has herself brought this up, quite a bit. Much more often than any male CEO ever did. Matt Lauer didn’t just arrive at this line of questioning because he thinks all professional women have to juggle the pressures of their public duties with their proper domestic roles at home.

No, he came to this line of questioning in the interview because Mary Barra has already brought up the tension between her private motherly duties and her job at GM. It’s a very important issue to her. If that’s stereotypical, that’s her problem, not his.

The fact is that most male CEOs probably don’t have much of a home life—one reason why they might not mention their kids or fatherhood much. Mary Barra is trying to have both, however. And that is interesting. Which means, as Matt Lauer said, it makes for a good conversation. What was Lauer going to do? Just ignore a very intriguing aspect of Barra’s life just because it might come across as stereotyping?

I’m so tired of this. You want to know why the stereotype exists? Because it’s very common. It is more typical for professional women to be active at home. Most professional women have two full-time jobs—one inside the home and one outside of it—and they feel this pressure more than men do. Generally speaking, of course.

You know why women are often seated with this dual pressure? Because no man can do what a woman can do at home.

Let that sink in. Men have been running businesses successfully for quite some time now. And during that time, children were still being born and raised. Also quite successfully. But then feminists convinced women that their “traditional” domestic roles were a kind of male-enforced slavery, and now look at where we are. Women can do some of the jobs men have traditionally done, sometimes very well. But men can’t do the things women have done at home. Not very well, at least. So kids lose. The family loses. And no one is really all that benefitted.

Except for, in one sense, the women who feel “empowered” by leaving the home. Ironically, these empowered women have told the world that the jobs they alone are suited to do well are lowly, whereas the jobs men have traditionally held are the only jobs worth having. And who are the ones demeaning women, again?