Bossy Women want to Ban the Word Bossy
Paule89 de Germany apple 965 14836 1655 14061
...because girls don´t become leaders because they´re afraid that they get called bossy.

Enjoy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dynbzMlCcw

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    ColinJohnstonov gb United Kingdom apple 1354 51559 7556 179
    I can't watch the video because my internet ain't fast enough, but I have seen what I think is the main website for this campaign. Their claim is that in general, boys who are bossy are called leaders, which is an encouraging thing, and girls who are bossy are called bossy, which is a discouraging thing. This then leads to girls being discouraged from a young age from becoming leaders and this is responsible, or partly responsible, for there being so few women in leadership positions. This is certainly a plausible theory, but the website I read about this gave absolutely no justification for any of their claims. It could be true. I don't know what to think.
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  • Paule89 de Germany apple 965 14836 1655 14061
    I think that people who are "leader-material" can (learn to) handle adversity.
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  • Prinz_ErdingtonTory gb United Kingdom apple 1234 6511 279 13
    In my opinion there is a lot of pure rubbish talked about "leadership". Apparently people who are taller than average are great natural leaders. Well, I'm about 6 3" (roughly 1.9m) tall, and I certainly wouldn't say I'm a leader of any kind. I'm probably un-leadable - in the sense that I refuse to accept authority from anyone apart from God. But I'm not at all comfortable with the idea of ordering other people around either.

    On the other hand we had a Maths teacher at school who was a little guy - and everyone in the class (myself included) was absolutely freaking terrified of him!

    (EDIT: mind you, he was a former RAF officer who had flown with the V-force http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V_bomber in the 1960s - so I guess that definitely gave him major kudos with teenage males!)
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    SanneT gb United Kingdom apple 2102 0 487 93
    As I can't watch the video either at the moment, here's "mein Senf", off the cuff.

    From what I recall having read about this anti-"bossy" campaign, I gather it is about the way teachers use different ways of describing "leadership" potential in class. Girls are often described as "bossy" instead of being able to lead groups, resulting frequently - apparently - in girls holding back from certain activities/subjects for which they may be particularly suited. So it is the teachers who need to be more careful how they label their pupils, it's not that there are no bossy children, boys and girls alike.

    Long live bossy, in its right place!
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  • Prinz_ErdingtonTory gb United Kingdom apple 1234 6511 279 13
    @Sanne: "...Long live bossy, in its right place!..."
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    Sure - in its right place.

    In the kitchen, for example.

    :-D

    PS
    Now I'm waiting to be handcuffed and beaten by militant feminists!

    PPS
    Come to think about it, that's another area where bossy can be good!

    PPPS
    (When you're in a hole, stop digging...!)
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    SanneT gb United Kingdom apple 2102 0 487 93
    Well, SM has its place, too...
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  • Prinz_ErdingtonTory gb United Kingdom apple 1234 6511 279 13
    @Sanne

    In my opinion, the average marriage is much like the modern British constitution: the man is like the monarch (theoretically the supreme ruler, but actually pretty much powerless), the woman is like the prime minister (theoretically subservient to the monarch, but actually the one who runs the show), and the kids are like the citizens.

    It kind of works...
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