Skip to comments.#BanBossy: The Cow Stands Alone
Posted on 03/11/2014 9:28:43 AM PDT by NOBO2012
This whole Bossy the Cow thing is very confusing, so make sure youve had your coffee.
Were apparently championing a new hashtag campaign:
I thought it was one of those made-up urban legends until I read Doug Powers article, Go figure: Bossy not a horrible word 3 months ago but now FLOTUS wants it banned. The #BanBossy campaign is a joint effort of the DNCs fight against the GOPs War on Women,
the Girl Scouts,
and Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, the little book of feminist wisdom and other tropes. Sheryls using #BanBossy as a marketing campaign for her book, which holds forth the same argument against calling girls bossy:
Sheryl Sandberg has long criticized the use the of the word "bossy" to describe young girls who are assertive. Instead, the Facebook COO has urged people to forgo the word with all its negative connotations, and instead describe these girls as "feminist" or displaying "executive leadership skills."
Heres where it gets confusing: apparently the group-think on this is if you call a girl bossy its sexist or something. So lets call them assertive.
The argument, as laid forth in the Wall Street Journal article:
Sandberg the chief operating officer of Facebook and author of the best-selling book Lean In is spearheading the launch of a campaign today to ban the word bossy, arguing the negative put-down stops girls from pursuing leadership roles.
We know that by middle school, more boys than girls want to lead, Sandberg said, and if you ask girls why they dont want to lead, whether its the school project all the way on to running for office, they dont want to be called bossy, and they dont want to be disliked.
Because if you call a girls bossy, it will kill her ability to act assertively and be a leader in the executive suite. So JUST STOP DOING IT! - NOW! That sounds pretty bossy to me.
Given that everyone from Lady M to Beyoncé has jumped on the bandwagon, it might be impolitic of me to point out that being bossy is different from being assertive. Here are the synonyms I found for bossy: autocratic, cocky, dictatorial, high-handed, imperious, tyrannical, oppressive. Butt I didnt see assertive anywhere, which has its own list of synonyms: confident, decisive, emphatic, forceful, insistent, self-assured, self-confident none of which sound necessarily bossy to me. Bossy is more like a specific, ego-centric, know-it-all, my-way-or-the-highway sort of behavior most often associated with children (of either sex) who are in need of a little adult supervision. They need to be taught and coached so their behavior is directed in more suitable directions and their basic instincts molded into more effective behavior; otherwise theyll remain social pariahs for the rest of their life.
So let me make this perfectly clear: just because Bossy is a female cow,
this is not exclusively a female problem. For example, if we go through the synonyms for bossy
we find that they apply equally to men. And not always in a complimentary manner either. I leave it to you to determine if they connote leadership skills.
In the meantime, #BanBossy is off and running. I find it remarkable how quickly the
herd of cows bossy gals jumped on the haywagon (dont ask me what Condis doing in with this group: Im guessing its a misguided commitment to the Girl Scouts). Its already so viral that its almost like a MSM sound-bite rolling through the echo-chamber.
In summary then, I think this whole bossy cow thing is overhyped. Men can obviously learn a lot from bossy women,
Big Guy performs a Bossy Cow mind-meld
Im so gob-smacked by the whole thing all I can say is:
...or, More Boob Belt! depending on your mood. (H/T Gerard)
Posted from: Michelle Obamas Mirror
Telling people what words they can and cannot use is, well, bossy.
Wow. If these little brats don't want to be called "bossy", they should quit being bossy. I bet they've never heard the word "no", and think the world owes them a living. They remind me of:
Maybe “bltchy” instead?
Bossy is just nicer but ok...I can call a spade a spade....
The cheese stands alone.
I predict this thread will udderly degenerate into a pun war.
“Boss” or “Bossy”, as applied to domestic cattle, refers to the Greek name for the genus Bos, and is referenced in geography as the strait between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara, the Bosporus, or the “ox ford”.
“Boss” in reference to cattle has been part of the language for some 3,000 years, and perhaps even longer. And the Chicago Bears linebacker can overturn that in a remark from the White Hut in which she is squatting?
I noticed when I was growing up that the girls who we considered to be bossy were actually bullying others. So bullying is now okay according to these pushy women, and the new name for it is bossy.
I long for the day when the left can make up its mind without talking out of both sides of its mouth.
Am I the only one who didn’t know this was a problem?
What about ‘Bitchy’?
Only so we can see if you can be cowed into submission.
Why are you insulting perfectly nice female canines by misapplying the word “bitch?”
I like the word; plus it creates a useful new name for FLOTUS: "BM"
I kinda like it.
I haven’t heard the word “bossy” since the 70s.
Another manufactured issue?
Anyone using the word “bossy”, mentioning God, or saying any patriotic statements are in jeopardy of ending up is a government approved joycamp. An additional 1400 thinkpol members have been hired to help keep tabs on those who would say or think about using the word “bossy”.
Have a PC day!
~ your friends at Minitrue
Bossy and thin-skinned seem to go together.
Any woman can be a leader, without being "bossy", or a "bitch". But, like a man, she has to find that balance.
We have a number of words to describe a man that tries to lead, without earning respect as a leader. But, it's not politically incorrect to use those words.
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