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Mixed views on the ‘Ban Bossy’ campaign from around the Internet

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg’s has launched a campaign to ban the word “bossy,” and it has caused quite the reaction from various internet sources. Sandberg, who has the support of Beyonce, Condolleeza Rice, and more, believes that “when a little boy asserts himself, he’s called a ‘leader.’ Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded ‘bossy.’” Ultimately, Sandberg hopes that the banning of the word will encourage more young girls to become leaders. Below are some links to varied opinions on the topic from around the Internet. What are your thoughts? Is this a progressive step or a misguided campaign?



Ban Bossy. Encourage Girls to Lead.

Here is the website for the campaign itself. There is a large social campaign around it, including videos from celebrities like Beyonce and tips for leadership. 

Join us at banbossy.com to take the pledge & get our leadership tips. Read More



Dear Sheryl Sandberg: There Are Far Worse Things Than Being Called Bossy

Michelene Maynard for Forbes Magazine happens to disagree with Sandberg, claiming that there are far worse terms of degradation and that the word “bossy” is technically gender neutral. 

Sheryl Sandberg, the Facebook chief operating officer, is known for being bold. In her book, Lean In, Sandberg provided a prescription for success in the workplace. Now, Sandberg is on a campaign to ban the word “bossy.” The word has a great personal connotation for Sandberg. As she explained in a [...] Read More



Sheryl Sandberg Bossily Insists that We Ban the Word ‘Bossy’

While Jezebel delivers mostly a news post here, the publication does state its agreement with Sandberg’s mission. 

Sheryl Sandberg! is speaking out about the gendered nature of the word “bossy”–the way that men get to be the boss (competent, powerful, in control), while women are coded as bossy (nagging, domineering, stepping out of their place). Read More



Ban Bossy? I don’t think so. Be bossier.

This blog post by Danielle Henderson on The Stranger was re-posted to Huffington Post and states that instead of banning the word “bossy,” women should simply act bossier. “We should be telling girls to own the living shit out of bossiness.”

I’ve been seeing “Ban Bossy” images all over social media today, and it bothers the fuck out of me. The campaign was created to ” encourage girls to lead,” and is based on the premise that little girls are afraid of being leaders because they fear being cast negatively as bossy. Read More



Ban Bossy Campaign is Girl Power Done Right

Bustle is more gung-ho about the campaign video featuring Beyonce and Jennifer Garner. 

There have been many debates over whether Beyonce’s music, videos, and other ventures are feminist are not, but when it comes to her latest project, even the singer’s biggest critics have to agree Read More



Beyoncé and Sheryl Sandberg Want to Ban the Word Bossy. That Seems Kind of Bossy.

Slate’s Katy Waldman sees the word “bossy” in a more positive light.

Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg’s manifesto for the well-heeled working woman, came out one year ago today-and Sandberg is marking the anniversary by teaming up with the Girl Scouts to wipe the word bossy from the lexicon. She’s recruited a sparkling ensemble of spokeswomen for her Ban Bossy project, including Condoleezza… Read More



Even if ‘bossy’ could be banned, there are far better ways to boost girls’ self-esteem | Hadley Freeman

Hadley Freeman for The Guardian provides tips for going beyond banning just one word that could by discouraging to women. 

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Beyonce want to ban the word ‘bossy’ as disparaging to women. Here are my top tips That growing numbers of girls suffer from issues of self-esteem during adolescence – ones that can be carried over into adulthood – is not up for debate. Yet it’s never bothered me, … Read More



Amy Poehler on Bossy

Amy Poehler loves the word “bossy”!

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the economic, political, and social achievements of women. It’s also a national holiday in many countries … so, hey, United States, let’s get on that shall Read More