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What do you think about the #banbossy campaign launched by Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook? If you hadn’t heard, earlier this week, Sandberg launched an initiative in conjunction with her Lean In Foundation called Ban Bossy. The program and the public service announcements with it urges “us” to stop using the word “bossy” because it arguing that the negative put-down stops girls from pursuing leadership roles. One first grader said “if you’re a leader your friends will get mad at you.” The Ban Bossy crew also says there’s research that says one out of three girls don’t want to be leaders ’cause they fear being called “bossy.” Do you agree?
Well, we posted this question to Mommynoire fans and followers on Instagram and Twitter, and got some great responses…ones that made us think that every celebrity-backed campaign is not all that it’s chalked up to be. Read on:
candirainproductions said: “I agree it [the word ‘bossy’] does have a negative connotation to it, especially for young girls. Maybe since I’m older it didn’t bother me. If you think I’m bossy that means I’m in charge and I have confidence in what I’m doing.”
butterpeacanmami said: “I agree…even at my age people feel threatened and call me bossy. I’m not bossy, I’m a leader. Love the new campaign!!”
But it was joanned1222  who caused us to pause and re-evaluate…she makes some great points:
1) I call bull$&*!.
2) Far worse than bossy is cocky, ie: “I’m not bossy, I’m the boss.”
3) Lets focus on teaching our girls AND boys math, logic and reading comprehension instead of campaigning more arrogance.
4) let’s campaign re: team work, respecting each other, building each other up and positive forms of self worth.
“Additionally, Beyoncé cannot sing “Bow Down, Bitches” out of one side of her mouth, then claim to advocate female unity/leadership out of the other. Model of hypocrisy, NOT role model to MY children. I only get heated because young black people sometimes give too much weight to celebrities ‘position of the day’ rather than focusing on their own education or formulating their own opinions. Media perpetuates that and we need  not to be afraid to vocalize a thought that goes against the hip-hop grain, particularly when that grain is not producing good crop.”
She followed up with this response to the photo we posted above:
joanned1222:  “Now THIS is a great girl power ad, teaching self worth and building up your fellow girl/woman. Beyoncé and Sandberg need to it down and take notes.”
Are you buying the hype behind banning the word bossy, or do you have better things to do with your (and your kids) time?
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