When it comes to language, I am not a fan of banning anything. Yet here I am at 3:30am, wide awake and writing about the #BanBossy campaign.
I don’t disagree that #BanBossy is part of a marketing campaign for the book Lean In, but as far as getting people to talk, it is proving to be effective. Women are sharing their experiences and it’s more than just the word, “bossy”.
So, why I am up at 3:30 unable to sleep? Because we don’t need a campaign to ban a word to know that women are not viewed as leaders by many. But, there is a conversation going on based on a word banning campaign.
I can give many examples of judgements and actions based on discrimination because of gender. Bossy is one word and I have seen and heard the term “female” used as a negative too many times to count. Words are just a tool, and like any tool the outcome of the job is based on how a tool is used. And like any tool, words will be replaced. Maybe the actual ban of one word isn’t what this whole thing is about.
I was born in the 1970’s. I was told I could not do do many things because I was a girl. I don’t blame how successful I am or not, on being told that. I’m stating a fact. #BanBossy won’t solve the the problem of gender discrimination, but it’s got people talking. So yes, so far one word is making a difference.