Bossy Is The New 'N Word'?
Warning: This is not a parody (I wish it were).
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg is being praised this week because of a crusade she’s launching called the “Ban Bossy” campaign. Don’t laugh, this is for reals, and she is joined in this idiocy by former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Sanchez. This new ‘movement’ claims that girls are discouraged from leadership positions because when they assert themselves they are labeled as ‘bossy,’ so they shy away from leading roles in order to be liked. So of course in the universe of the wise old liberal, the answer is to ban the use of the word entirely.
Sandberg’s whole premise assumes that most women want to be leaders, and only if the dreaded name calling stopped, than we would have a whole slew female leaders coming out the wazoo. Sandberg says that women occupy only “17 percent of board seats, 19 percent of Congressional seats, and that's not enough for 50 percent of the population.” She continues, “We live in a world that is overwhelmingly run and owned by men." Ding, ding, ding, and there it is, the feminist manifesto –men are the real problem. This campaign really should be called the “Too many men are in charge and that’s not fair so let’s make it easier for women to lead by creating a ridiculous campaign to protect their feelings, and render men neutered” campaign. Because in the eyes of a feminist, in order to make things fair for women, we have to make them unfair for men. There, that’ll create some strong future female leaders. Sandberg can’t even consider the idea that a majority of women might not have the desire to be leaders, that they want to be teachers, or worse, wives and mothers who choose to stay at home and raise their kids. Gasp!
Silly me, I thought that teaching my little girls to have a healthy respect for one another, and to treat others the way they would want to be treated was one way to create strong confident women. Now I can tell them to go ahead and be a Bossy Miss Mossy, and who knows, this just might turn them into future CEOs. Sandberg has recruited some fairly big names in the entertainment world, such as Beyonce, Jennifer Garner, and Jane Lynch, along with other well-known celebrities to make a video telling us just how horrible the use of the word bossy is to the self-esteem of young girls. Unbelievable! It doesn’t take much to get Hollywood to glom on to any hair brained scheme that contains just the right amount of political correctness.
This is typical of the left; if they think something should be considered important by society, even though there is no cry from the populace, they’ll force us to recognize that what they want is what we need. And in typical Orwellian new speak Sandberg says: "This is a word that is symbolic of systemic discouragement of girls to lead. We are not just talking about getting rid of a word, even though we want to get rid of a word. We're talking about getting rid of the negative messages that hold our daughters back." But she is talking about getting rid of one word, a word she believes is all that’s holding women back. Welcome to feminism, a hopeless venture that turns normal women into shrieking whiners that demand things from others that they can do for themselves. Can you say Sandra Fluke?
This campaign is simply one of fear and guilt, another way to control what we say and think, and turn the use of an otherwise innocuous word like ‘bossy’ into some kind of systemic form of sexism. As silly as it sounds, this is how the left plants their devious seeds; say it enough and people will begin to believe it, whether it’s true or not. Maybe that’s what Sandberg meant when she said that banning this one word can “Change the world.”
Of course an undertaking such as this should supersede all the other important issues that our country is dealing with at this moment; unbearably high unemployment, the Russia Ukraine crisis, and the Obamacare fiasco, we can’t possibly allow women to be called bossy and call ourselves Americans. Now we have another word that can only be referred to by its first initial; where will it all stop? Hey I’ve got a B word for you Ms. Sandberg; how about Bozo, I use it in conjunction with anyone who thinks this kind of feminist ideological campaign is a good idea.
If you have the urge, here’s the link for the Ban Bossy website. You can also see the video with Beyonce, Jennifer Garner, and Jane Lynch; just make sure you watch it on an empty stomach.
Alice Nelson writes movie reviews at DVD Verdict