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The Excessive Uproar Over Marissa Mayer's Telecommuting Ban

Marissa Mayer appears on NBC's "Today" show on Feb. 20
Marissa Mayer appears on NBC's "Today" show on Feb. 20Photograph by Peter Kramer/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images

Yahoo!’s Marissa Mayer has learned a painful, early lesson: If you’re a female CEO, especially in Silicon Valley, prepare to have every business decision scrutinized and greeted with media hysteria—with references to your personal life and your reproductive status thrown in for good measure.

The first distressing assumption to emerge after Mayer made a change to Yahoo’s telecommuting policy is the idea that “working from home” is code for taking care of your kids and trying to work at the same time. Both are important and all-consuming, and anyone who has ever tried to so much as make a phone call with a small child nearby knows that the idea of doing them at once is insane. It does save on commuting time, though, which is something both men and women appear to appreciate, with some studies showing that more men work from home.