Be “Bossier”

“I’m done ripping the teeth out of the politics of feminism. I want girls to be as bossy as possible, and I want them to run the world.”

http://slog.thestranger.com/slog/archives/2014/03/10/be-bossy

 

Alia Roth

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One thought on “Be “Bossier”

  1. I take issue with this article because, as cool as “being bossier” might sound, this article doesn’t offer any way to either circumvent or undermine patriarchy found in all sorts of systems–the schooling system, the family system, and, most importantly, the economic system. All of these systems still privilege men with “bossiness” and discourage it in women. So if the author wants individual women to become more assertive themselves that’s good for some individual women who have privilege enough to be able to not be relegated to subservient positions, but this type of thought doesn’t change a patriarchal structure.

    I think the “get rid of bossy” campaign should be directed at men and should be expanded to more offensive words like bitch and hoe. The article you posted seems to isolate women’s issues as only relevant to women’s issues, not men’s issues–when, as always is the case, it is always an issue for both. Men use words like bossy, bitch, and hoe to show which women they think aren’t fit for the public sector–which, as it turns out, seems to be most women. I hear it all the time–“all women are bitches and hoes”–and it pisses me off! All women have the right to do anything a man can do (and vice versa) and not be insulted for it! Men use this language because it is psychologically damaging to women (and men–I was called a “little bitch” way too often in high school) and to keep these people out of areas where they might get called these names. These words are paired with one-dimensional images of women in the media (need I go on here?) and become truth for so many people.

    Women simply reclaiming the word “bossy” or bitchy isn’t going to do it. It’s history is too closely tied with highly sexist and oppressive terms and images and will probably be responded to with a violent reaction from men. It’s like the n-word–a history of racism which is now extremely taboo for white people to say. And is the world better off for this taboo? Yes. A push for the taboo of sexist phrases is, I think, in order too. It’s going to be hard to get rid of, just like the n-word. But I really try to lecture my male, and sometimes even my female, friends on the effects and meanings of the word bitch whenever I hear them say it and being an annoying male feminist is starting to get to them a little bit.

    Patrick

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