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Don’t tell Marissa Mayer she’s pretty

It was just an offhand comment. A little attempt at humor. A compliment, even. But here's some advice for Yahoo shareholder Mr. George Polis: When you're addressing the CEO of a major corporation at a shareholder's meeting, this isn't how you do it. "I have 2,000 shares of Yahoo," said Polis. "I'm Greek, and I'm a dirty old man, and you look attractive." Go ahead and consider for a moment that nobody gives a crap about your aesthetic assessment of Marissa Mayer's looks.

There is a default expectation that a woman should be visually and temperamentally pleasing – especially to males. When, a few years ago, a female friend started taking Japanese lessons, she was surprised that the instructor taught females students to speak at a higher pitch. And as stories in both the Atlantic and Slate this month pointed out, women are considered suspect when their natural resting face is anything but soft, smiling and pliant.

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