An online CNBC poll asking whether Mayer’s photo was appropriate for a CEO got more than 3,700 responses, 60 percent of which said it was fine, 40 percent of which said it was not OK.
Detractors say it reflects a double standard.
“I can’t think of the last time a men’s magazine chose to profile a CEO by asking him to sprawl out on a couch,” Patrice Grell Yursik, creator of Afrobella.com, told CNN. “When, let’s say, GQ or Esquire is profiling someone on this level, they’re not asking them to unbutton their shirt and pose suggestively with any kinds of props.”
Another commenter, Anna Nicole Moose, said “We fight so hard to be where we are and prove that it wasn’t our cute bodies, perky boobs, or cute face that got us there.”
Several other critics pointed out that an implication seems to be that women who wouldn’t get a photo like Mayer’s in Vogue seem to be at a disadvantage when trying to snag CEO jobs.