Magazine Headlines Are Ridiculous

Can Wendy Davis have it all?

You’ve seen the headline, or one like it, countless times. Anytime a woman, particularly a woman with children, lands a powerful position, the splashy headlines pondering whether the woman in question can “have it all” start to appear on glossy magazines at the checkout stand.

As Fusion’s Alicia Menendez points out, the headlines – not necessarily the stories themselves – are ridiculous. Speaker of the House John Boehner has kids, works long hours and travels all the time, but no one is asking if he can “have it all.”

Not convinced?

Take a look at these modified covers. You’d never see them on a magazine rack.

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Magazines have no problem asking how you “solve a problem” like Sarah Palin. But would they ever ask the same thing about Paul Ryan? We haven’t seen that headline yet.

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The same goes for Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. Headlines imploring readers not to “hate” her because she’s successful are standard. No one is asking readers not to hate a successful businessman like Mark Zuckerberg, though.

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Again with the “have it all” covers when it comes to women balancing career and family.

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Planet Hillary? As Menendez says, “Planet Bill. Because there isn’t a man whose world revolves around him.”

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What do you think: Are covers like this ridiculous?

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