Ban Bossy: Irony, hypocrisy, and idiocracy all rolled into one
Feminists have taken it up a notch with the launch of a new campaign called "Ban Bossy." Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, is leading the charge, along with the Girl Scouts (an organization constantly veering as hard left as possible).
Sandberg and her LeanIn.org have launched the website banbossy.com.
The masthead of BanBossy.com reads:
When a little boy asserts himself, he's called a “leader.” Yet when a little girl does the same, she risks being branded “bossy.” Words like bossy send a message: don't raise your hand or speak up. By middle school, girls are less interested in leading than boys—a trend that continues into adulthood. Together we can encourage girls to lead.
There are a few problems here:
- Assertive boys are often not called leaders, but bullies or ADHD. They are sometimes given Ritalin to curb that "assertiveness" and may, if they act out or assert themselves too much, be shoved into a special education classroom.
- This is not the turn of the last century. We are 14 years into the 21st century and the problem of little girls feeling too threatened to speak up is completely relegated to personality types, not gender pressures. It is just bogus. Visit any elementary class and you will see as many outspoken girls as boys. This woman and her ilk are using this smokescreen to further push a militant feminist agenda that is meant to emasculate males more than it is to liberate females. (That is my assertion and it is based on as much scientific and observable fact as her mantra.)
- "Encourage girls to lead" is as ridiculous as any statement made. Why not identify leadership qualities in people regardless of sex and cultivate that? If everyone is a leader, who are they leading? There is by default more followers than leaders in the world. If there wasn't, what a mess...
Sandberg has star power behind her push to reinvent society and build yet another impenetrable hedge around every member of society, except of course, the heterosexual, white male. (Everyone else is some sort of "minority" that needs protection against the great white manly threat.) The star carrying the "ban bossy" torch is none other than the Boss Herself (Sorry, Bruce Springsteen), Beyoncé...
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Other words to ban while you have nothing better to do...
I think maybe we should ban "bully," too. Assertive boys are often called bullies, always making the rules, always picking the teams, always insisting on their way.
Oh, and ban calling male bosses who are too bossy an unflattering appendage. "He is such a *%$@head."
Used car salesmen all over the world have to overcome such an unflattering caricature of themselves...just to do their job.
Aren't you just trying to force someone who woke up on the wrong side of the bed to be cheerful, you annoying, bossy bully!?
Annoying is one of the most annoying words to have to say, which is ironic, I suppose. Ban it.
Speaking of irony...
Is it not ironic that Sandberg and co. are being so bossy about all this? Just wait until your kid is sent home from school for saying it, or your daughter is taken from your home because she told an authority figure that you admonished her for being so bossy with her friends.
There is more than irony in this stupidity. There is also hypocrisy. The same proponents of easing the verbal restraints on these poor, mistreated adolescent girls are perfectly willing to crank down the bindings on their male counterparts. They talk about liberating on one hand and seek to legislate language on the other.
I would add there is a touch of Idiocracy in the whole thing, too. Who knew that the geniuses that wrote that disturbing movie would be more in touch with where we were headed than we could possibly imagine.
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"Welcome to the identity processing program of America."
Welcome to Idiocracy, Sandberg style.