March 14, 2014 Patricia Ferreria
Beyoncé, Jennifer Garner and a few other female celebrities are banding together to ban the word “bossy”. The social media campaign has exploded over the Internet and has gained a massive amount of controversy for the short while it has been online. Celebrities who are in support of this campaign say that the word bossy can deteriorate a girl from pursuing a leadership role in school or in her career. They are asking people who feel the same about the cause to take the pledge and support their movement. But, should bossy be banned?
My question to those of you reading this is, do you think bossy is a squasher for young girls and women? For me, the answer to that question is simple; I don’t think it’s a big deal for someone to be called “bossy”. Why should there be a whole campaign centered around the word “bossy”, when there are words 10 times worse then bossy? Women nowadays are regarded very highly in their careers. We are leaders and we shouldn’t be hurt by a word that is practically meaningless. We women have come very far from where we used to be and we don’t need this campaign banning the word bossy. Should bossy be banned?
I also think this campaign makes it seem like it is mostly men who are calling women “bossy”. Women call each other some pretty nasty things, which make men think that they can call us whatever they please. Why aren’t we using social media to help ban words like “bitch”, “whore” and “slut”? These are words that are used every day to describe women and I think deserve a lot more attention then the word bossy. These are words that can make a significant impact on a young woman’s growth and self-esteem.
Nevertheless this campaign has gained a massive amount of attention and is being taken seriously by those who are supporting it. Some people believe that it is an important issue and they are rightfully entitled to their opinion and believe that it touches on a double standard that is when men posses ambition and drive they are viewed as leaders and not “bossy”. On the other hand when women are in the same type of position they are viewed as “bossy”, which to most people is viewed as unfair.
So what do you think about the word bossy? Should bossy be banned?
Patricia Ferreira, Raven5 Ltd, Oakville, Ontario March 2014.